Cast announced for Jerry Herman’s Grand Tour

The Grand Tour cast

Alastair Brookshaw, Nick Kyle and Zoë Doano are to head the cast for the European première of Jerry Herman’s 1979 Broadway musical, The Grand Tour.

Produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the musical will play at the Finborough Theatre as part of its 20 Premières Season.

The story is set in 1940s France. Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, has been one step ahead of the Nazis for years.

Stjerbinsky, an aristocrat, anti-semitic Polish colonel is desperately trying to get to England.

Jacobowsky has bought a car he doesn’t know how to drive. The colonel knows how to drive, but has no car.

When the two meet at a Paris hotel, they agree to join forces in order to escape the approaching Nazis.

Together with the colonel’s girlfriend, Marianne, they begin their perilous journey on the road to freedom.

Featuring one of Jerry Herman’s most engrossing and heartfelt scores, The Grand Tour finds beauty, light and humour in one of history’s darkest hours.

Alastair Brookshaw (Jacobowsky) – West End shows include Cabaret and Blood Brothers, with him understudying Eddie.

He was in Craig Revel Horwood’s revival of Hot Mikado at the Watermill Theatre, and he was a vocalist in the dance musical Shoes at Sadler’s Wells.

He recently premièred the one-man Oscar Wilde musical, De Profundis, winner of Leicester Square Theatre’s The New Musical Project.

New Zealand-born Nick Kyle (The Colonel) starred as Chris in the NZ premiere of Miss Saigon. His other musicals include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Emcee in Cabaret and Assassins.

Zoë Doano (Marianne) was in the musicals Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola), High Society (UK tour) and Les Miserables (West End).

The rest of the cast are: Michael Cotton, Laurel Dougall, Elizabeth Graham, Natasha Karp, Vincent Pirillo, Blair Robertson, Samuel J Weir and Lizzie Wofford.

Jerry Herman (Music and Lyrics) is one of Broadway’s most prolific composers, whose best known works include Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles and Mack & Mabel.

Michael Stewart (Book) made his Broadway debut with Bye Bye Birdie in 1960. He won two Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical for Hello, Dolly!

Mark Bramble (Book) has been nominated for the Tony Award three times: for Best Book of a Musical for Barnum and 42nd Street and Best Direction of a Musical for 42nd Street.

The Grand Tour runs from January 1 – February 21.

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