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The Grand Tour
Author(s): Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble & Jerry Herman (music and lyrics)
The Grand Tour is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Based on S. N. Behrman's play Jacobowsky and the Colonel, the story concerns an unlikely pair. S.L. Jacobowsky, a Polish-Jewish intellectual, has purchased a car he cannot drive. Stjerbinsky, an aristocratic, anti-Semitic colonel, knows how to drive but has no car. When the two men 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 experience many adventures while on the road, but trouble ensues when Jacobowsky falls in love with the young girl.
Cast Size: 5M, 4W
Running time: 120 minutes
- S. L. Jacobowski
- Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky
- Mme. Vauclain/Mme. Manzoni/Bride’s Aunt
- Captain Meuller
The Grand Tour premiered in San Francisco for a tryout engagement in November-December, 1978.
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on January 11, 1979 and closed on March 4, 1979 after 61 performances and seventeen previews. Directed by Gerald Freedman and choreographed by Donald Saddler, the cast included Joel Grey, Ron Holgate, and Florence Lacey.
A concert revival at JRT on January 23-26th, 2003 at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th Street on January 23-26th, 2003.
There was a 2015 production in the Netherlands.
Original or Prominent Production: The musical premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on January 11, 1979. Jewish Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1988, A concert revival at JRT at the Center for Jewish History, 2003.Original Source Material: S. N. Behrman's play Jacobowsky and the Colonel
Nationality of Author: U.S.
Original Language: English
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