Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour gets UK premiere

Director Thom Southerland and producer Danielle Tarento
Director Thom Southerland and producer Danielle Tarento plan The Grand Tour

Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour opened on Broadway in 1979 and marked his return after almost a decade away.

The war-time musical gets its European première, directed by Thom Southerland, at the Finborough Theatre, south London as part of the theatre’s 20 Premières Season.

Produced by Danielle Tarento, The Grand Tour will run for a strictly limited season from January 1-February 21.

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

Stjerbinsky, an aristocrat and 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.

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! and was further nominated for Mack & Mabel, Carnival!, I Love My Wife, Barnum, 42nd Street and
Harrigan ‘n’ Hart.

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.

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