October 24 – November 4
“GRAND HOTEL DESERVES THE HIGHEST APPRECIATION FOR ITS BEAUTY AND SINCERITY” “All Musicals”
“A NON-STOP BROADWAY SHOWPIECE” “Los Angeles Times”
“THE SHOW FLARES INTO LIFE DURING ITS BIG NUMBERS” “The Guardian – U.S. Edition”
Based on the 1929 Vicki Baum novel and the subsequent 1932 MGM feature, GRAND HOTEL – THE MUSICAL premiered in 1989 and garnered 12 Tony Award nominations, winning 5, including best direction and choreography for Tommy Tune (“Nine” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”). With music and dialogue flowing seamlessly, this stylish hit ran for 1017 performances on Broadway. A 2005 London revival won the Laurence Olivier Award for “Best Musical Revival”.
The show focuses on events taking place over the course of a weekend in Berlin’s elegant Grand Hotel. Through revolving doors enters a varied cast of eccentric guests of the hotel, including a ballerina afraid of her advancing years; her dashing younger lover – a baron – who is also a jewel thief; a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper who wants to spend his last days living in luxury; and an honest businessman gone bad with his secretary, who dreams of Hollywood success (originally played by a REPRISE favorite Jane Krakowski). Fate has brought them all together, and they will find themselves interacting in surprising, musical and thoroughly entertaining ways.
GRAND HOTEL was initially musicalized by Robert Wright and George Forrest (“Kismet”) at the West Coast Civic Light Opera in 1958. It took 30 years to reach Broadway, with their songs substantially revised and supplemented by Maury Yeston (“Nine”). The tour de force score featured orchestrations by legendary conductor, and REPRISE’S original musical director, Peter Matz.
Some other interesting facts:
MGM star Cyd Charisse made her Broadway debut (at age 70) in GRAND HOTEL as the ballerina, replacing original cast member, Lilliane Montevecchi.
David Carroll, the baron, passed away as he was about to record his songs for the Cast recording session. He was replaced by Brent Barrett, who subsequently played the part on Broadway and in the national tour.
1989’s GRAND HOTEL was the first American musical since 1983’s LA CAGE AUX FOLLES to run over 1,000 performances.
Sharon Lawrence (Ballerina) Sharon Lawrence is an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for the role of Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in the ABC drama series NYPD Blue. The role garnered her three Primetime Emmy Award nominations and one Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Additionally, Sharon has appeared as a series regular on Fired Up, Ladies Man, Wolf Lake, Hidden Palms, and The Line, in addition to recurring on many other hit television shows including Desperate Housewives, Monk, Drop Dead Diva, One Tree Hill, Rizzoli & Isles, Shameless, Me, Myself & I, and The Ranch. She has also appeared on Broadway in CHICAGO, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and CABARET.
Hal Linden (The Doctor) Hal Linden is best known as the title character in the television comedy series “Barney Miller”, a role which earned him seven Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Award nominations. Among many other television credits (and two Daytime Emmy Awards), Hal has also appeared on Broadway fourteen times, winning a Tony Award for his role in the musical THE ROTHSCHILDS.
Maxwell Caulfield (Preysing) Maxwell Caulfield is best known for his work in the films “Grease 2”, “Electric Dreams”, “The Boys Next Door”, “The Supernaturals”, “Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat”, “Waxwork 2”, “Gettysburg”, “Empire Records”, “The Real Blonde”, and “The Man Who Knew Too Little”. He has appeared in Broadway in CHICAGO and AN INSPECTOR CALLS. His television credits include “Dynasty”, “The Colbys”, “Spider-Man”, “Casualty”, “Emmerdale”, and “Modern Family”.
Jonah Platt (Baron) Jonah is best known for his recent star turn as “Fiyero” in the Broadway blockbuster WICKED, in addition to his breakout performance as “Woof” in HAIR at the Hollywood Bowl, “Homer” in the Ovation-winning FLOYD COLLINS at La Mirada, and “Jason” in the award-winning Los Angeles revival of BARE.On television, Jonah most recently appeared in NBC’s critically acclaimed JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE starring John Legend and the season 9 finale of CURB YOURENTHUSIASM. Other favorites include PARENTHOOD, SING IT ON, and Jonah’s scene-stealing Frat Boy in the series finale of NBC’s beloved series THE OFFICE. Jonah also just made his film debut in LMN’s “I’ll Be Watching”, opposite Janel Parrish.