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.