A new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical Grand Hotel is set to open at the Southwark Playhouse from July 31.
The Grand Hotel in 1928 Berlin is bustling with eccentric and sometimes dubious guests.
Among them is a fading prima ballerina being forced to dance again; a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper who wants to spend his final days living in luxury; a young, handsome, but destitute Baron; a cynical doctor suffering from World War I wounds; an honest businessman going bad as he faces financial ruin and a typist dreaming of Hollywood stardom.
Over the course of a weekend, their extraordinary stories interweave with each other and the hotel’s hard-working staff.
Grand Hotel (with book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by George Forrest and Robert Wright) premièred on Broadway in 1989, ran for over 1,000 performances and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning five.
The 17-strong international cast are: Christine Grimandi is an acclaimed Italian musical theatre star making her eagerly awaited UK stage debut.
Her previous starring roles in Europe include Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Mrs Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Grisabella in Cats, Anita in West Side Story and the Mother Superior in The Sound of Music.
Scott Garnham whose theatre credits include Titanic and Made in Dagenham.
George Rae was Timon in Disney’s The Lion King, TJ in Sister Act; Ko-Ko in The Mikado and had featured roles in Whisky Galore – A Musical!, Kiss Me Kate and Company.
The remaining cast are: Victoria Serra, Philip Rham, Jacob Chapman, Valerie Cutko, Jonathan Stewart, James Gant, Charles Hagerty, Paul Iveson Rhiannon Howys, Jammy Kasongo, Ceili O’Connor, Durone Stokes, Samuel J Weir and Leah West.
Grand Hotel, directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, runs at the Southwark Playhouse from July 31-September 5.
Victoria Serra as a pretty young typist who has theatrical ambitions, sings her big Act 1 number, The Girl In The Mirror.