Encores! Tracks Down Family of GRAND HOTEL's Biggest Original Fan
Encores! is back for round two! The second production of this season is Grand Hotel, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, features music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman. Grand Hotel, The Musical will run for seven performances at New York City Center from March 21 - 25.
When Encores! decided to begin a search for the show's biggest fan from the original run- a woman who appeared in a now iconic commercial for the show in 1992- the internet came to the rescue.
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UPDATE: We found her, Paula Glogau! Paula's daughter Sharon will be joining us at Grand Hotel this weekend. Thanks to the internet for making this happen.- New York City Center (@NYCityCenter) March 21, 2018
The star-studded Encores! cast includes Junior Cervila, John Clay III, Natascia Diaz,John Dossett, Irina Dvorovenko, Guadalupe Garcia, Nehal Joshi, James T. Lane,Jamie LaVerdiere, Eric Leviton, Robert Montano, Kevin Pariseau, William Ryall,James Snyder, Brandon Uranowitz, Daniel Yearwood, and Helene Yorke. The ensemble includes Aaron J. Albano, Matt Bauman, Kate Chapman, Sara Esty,Hannah Florence, Richard Gatta, Emily Kelly, Andrew Kruep, Kelly Methven, Harris Milgrim, Adam Roberts, Christopher Trepinski, and Sharrod Williams.
Inspired by Vicki Baum's 1929 novel, Grand Hotel, The Musical intertwines the lives of a cast of eccentric characters through a series of fateful encounters. Whirling through the doors of the opulent Grand Hotel are faded ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya (Irina Dvorovenko); the impoverished romantic Baron Felix von Gaigern (James Snyder); fatally ill bookkeeper Otto Kringelein (Brandon Uranowitz); and Flaemmchen (Stephanie Styles), a young secretary who is all too eager to become an American film star. Originally produced under the title At the Grand (1958), with a score by Robert Wrightand George Forrest and book by Luther Davis, the production was revitalized in 1989 by director-choreographer Tommy Tune, with additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, for a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway.