The Grand Tour

Opened: January 11, 1979
Closing: March 04, 1979

The Grand Tour - 1979 - Broadway History , Info & More

Based upon the original play Jacobowsky and the Colonel by Franz Werfel;

Based upon the American play Jacobowsky and the Colonel by S. N. Behrman

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Photos: HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION Opens the Musicals in Mufti Series at The York Theatre by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 28, 2023

How to Steal an Election: A Dirty Politics Musical, with music and lyrics by Oscar Brand and book by William F. Brown, began performances on Saturday, August 26, 2023. The production will continue for 11 performances only through Sunday, September 3, 2023. Opening Night was held on Sunday evening, August 27, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Check out opening night photos here!

Photos: The Cast of HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION Meets the Press by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2023

Rehearsal began yesterday for the York Theatre Company’s first “Musicals in Mufti” presentation of “HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION” which begins performances on Saturday, August 26. Check out photos from the press meet and greet here!

Bringing Together a Shakespeare Classic and Songs by Cole Porter KISS ME, KATE! Opens in Sao Paulo by Claudio Erlichman - Aug 16, 2023

Kiss Me, Kate! is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack ,with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi.

Full Cast and Creative Team Set For HARMONY on Broadway, Plus Watch a Behind the Scenes Video! by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 14, 2023

The full cast and creative team has been announced for Harmony on Broadway! Find out who's starring in the new musical, and check out an all new behind the scenes video of the cast!

Alex Joseph Grayson Joins Cast For York Theatre Company's 'Musicals In Mufti' Presentation of HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION by Stephi Wild - Aug 14, 2023

The York Theatre Company has announced that Alex Joseph Grayson, direct from the Broadway revival of Parade, has joined the cast of *How to Steal an Election: A Dirty Politics Musical,with music and lyrics by Oscar Brand and book by William F. Brown, the first offering of the Fall Musicals in Mufti* series.

Cast & Creative Team Announced For York Theatre Company's Musicals In Mufti Presentation Of HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION by A.A. Cristi - Aug 1, 2023

The York Theatre Company, has announced the cast and creative team for its first Musicals in Mufti offering of 2023: How to Steal an Election: A Dirty Politics Musical, with music and lyrics by Oscar Brand and book by William F. Brown.

Michael Grandage Will Direct Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans in the World Première of BACKSTAIRS BILLY by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2023

The world première of Marcelo Dos Santos' new play Backstairs Billy looks at a pivotal moment in the 50 year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.

Tony Jackson Returns with New Single 'Five Dollar Bible' by Michael Major - Jun 22, 2023

“Five Dollar Bible” tells the story of the simple wisdom found on the black and white pages of a gifted five-dollar Bible. In 2022 the singer signed to Bob Frank’s BFD / Audium Nashville and began work on his follow up album slated for release this fall. The single is distributed by BFD/Orchard, Chuck Rhodes as BFD’s GM in Nashville.

Video: CABARET at the Kit Kat Club Celebrates John Kander and Joel Grey's Lifetime Achievement Tony Awards by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 12, 2023

An all new video has been released featuring the Emcees of London’s Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club celebrating John Kander and Joel Grey’s Tony Lifetime Achievement Awards!

Pittsburgh's Own Local Talent To Perform All Summer At The Pittsburgh Playhouse INSIDE/OUTSIDE by A.A. Cristi - Jun 7, 2023

The award-winning Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University, a multi-disciplinary arts and entertainment center located in Downtown Pittsburgh, announced the lineup for their Inside/Outside Summer Concert Series every Thursday and Friday from 4:30 – 6:30pm throughout June and July. Inside/Outside is a casual spot for live entertainment in Downtown Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Playhouse's Highmark Theatre opened onto their outdoor plaza on Forbes Avenue.

Joel Grey & John Kander to Each Receive a 2023 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2023

Joel Grey and John Kander will each receive the 2023 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Symphony In C to Present Free Concert of PETER AND THE WOLF in June by Blair Ingenthron - Apr 27, 2023

New Jersey-based professional training orchestra Symphony in C will present Peter and the Wolf, a free outdoor concert for young people on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. (rain date Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.) at the Perkins Center for the Arts.

GEORGE & TAMMY Soundtrack Out Now by Michael Major - Jan 24, 2023

Available everywhere now, the album features songs by Wynette and Jones as performed in the series by Oscar® winner Jessica Chastain and Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon. Included within the album’s 26 tracks are iconic numbers like Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” and Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Tanya Tucker, Trace Adkins, & More to Honor George Jones at 'Still Playin' Possum' Concert by Michael Major - Dec 20, 2022

The special television taping event will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Lorrie Morgan, Mark Chesnutt, Michael Ray, Sam Moore, Tanya Tucker, Trace Adkins, Tracy Byrd and Tracy Lawrence are amongst the first artists set as performers.

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater Announce July 2022 Schedule by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this July with a full slate of nightly performances! At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Jay Leonhardt and John Weber Duo, Remy LeBeouf Assembly of Shadows Orchestra and more. Birdland Theater will present Tony DeSare, Maurizio Spista Organ Trio and more.

Mercury Theatre Announces Full Cast For Summer Production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Stephi Wild - Jun 22, 2022

Mercury Theatre today announces the full cast for their summer production of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, reimagined by Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Kenny with music by Ivan Stott.

Cast Change Announced For MOSSO's Sondheim Celebration at Symphony Hall by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2022

MOSSO, the Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, will celebrate the music of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim on Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 PM in Springfield Symphony Hall. The Sondheim Celebration, conducted by Tim Stella, will feature Broadway stars Hugh Panaro and Lisa Vroman.

Donald Pippin, Broadway Music Director, Conductor & Songwriter Passes Away at 95 by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2022

Broadway music director, conductor, arranger, and songwriter Donald Pippin has passed away at 95. Pippin's work included his notable collaborations with Jerry Herman, including Mame and La Cage aux Folles. 

Joel Grey Will Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chita Rivera Awards by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2022

Legendary Broadway performer and Tony, Academy, and Golden Globe Award winner Joel Grey (Cabaret, Wicked, Anything Goes) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Chita Rivera Awards.

Photos: Joel Grey Celebrates 90th Birthday in Times Square by Bruce Glikas - Apr 11, 2022

BroadwayWorld wishes a very happy birthday to Academy Award and Tony Award winning legend Joel Grey, who today celebrated his 90th birthday with Broadway friends in Times Square. Our photog was on hand as well!

The Country Music Cruise 2023 Announces Lineup by Michael Major - Apr 6, 2022

The 9th Annual Country Music Cruise aboard Holland America’s stunning Nieuw Amsterdam will feature Randy Owen, Clay Walker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Chesnutt, Neal McCoy, Pam Tillis, sleep At The Wheel, Johnny Lee, John Berry, Jimmy Fortune, T.G. Sheppard, Gary Morris, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and many others.

Photos: Brooklyn Diner Honors Joel Grey with Re-Named Matzo Ball Soup to Benefit BC/EFA by Bruce Glikas - Nov 24, 2021

Broadway legend Joel Grey was honored this week by The Brooklyn Diner with a re-naming of their famous Matzo Ball soup!

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Officially Opens Tonight on Broadway; Meet the Cast! by Stephi Wild - Oct 27, 2021

Caroline, or Change officially opens tonight, October 27 on Broadway at the Roundabout's Studio 54. Learn more about the cast bringing this show back to Broadway here!

BWW Review: Klea Blackhurst Lovingly Toasts Jerry Herman in ONE OF THE GIRLS at Birdland by Ricky Pope - Oct 21, 2021

Blackhurst is no stranger to the world of Jerry Herman. She played Dolly Levi in the 50th-anniversary production of Hello, Dolly! at the Goodspeed Opera House with the enthusiastic endorsement of Herman himself. Her show is a loving tribute, filled with the big hit songs as well as some more enchanting obscure tunes, all tied together with some informative and sometimes dishy stories about the legendary composer of Milk & Honey, Hello, Dolly! Mame, Dear World, Mack & Mabel, The Grand Tour, La Cage aux Folles, and many others.

BWW Review: ATLANTICS ARTS at Comédie Nation by Patrick Honoré - Oct 10, 2021

A week long celebration of Broadway in Paris.

Rockwood Music Hall To Host JOHNNY & the DEVIL'S BOX EP Release by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2021

Wielding his fiery fiddle, composer/performer Douglas Waterbury-Tieman (THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM), is joined by his wife Annabelle Fox (DISNEY'S FREAKY FRIDAY), along with Jennifer Fouché (CHICKEN & BISCUITS), Larry Tobias (THE GRAND TOUR), Erikka Walsh (ONCE), and Maggie Stallings (KINKY BOOTS), for a concert version of the foot-stompin' new musical JOHNNY & the DEVIL'S BOX.

Tony Jackson Kicks Off Summer With New Single 'Good Time' by A.A. Cristi - Jun 18, 2021

One of Nashville's purest traditional country singers, Tony Jackson, returns to kick off the summer season with his latest feel-good single, “Good Time.” The song is available now at Apple Music, YouTube Music, Spotify and Amazon. To-date Jackson's songs and videos have garnered over 60 million views on Facebook and YouTube and nearly 4 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music.

BWW Review: Jason Graae PERFECT HERMANY Tells A Tale of Superlative Art, Music, and Friendship by Stephen Mosher - Apr 17, 2021

42nd Street Moon and Musical Theatre West have co-produced a fine film of Jason Graae's show about his idol and his friend, everyone's favorite Broadway creator of shows about hope.

Doris Bumpus to Star as Billie Holiday in 42nd Street Moon's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL  by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 16, 2021

42nd Street Moon has announced that Doris Bumpus will be starring as the legendary Billie Holiday in the Company’s virtual production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL, written by Lanie Robertson.

BWW Interview: Jason Graae of PERFECT HERMANY at 42nd Street Moon Celebrates the Legacy of His Dear Friend Jerry Herman by Jim Munson - Apr 14, 2021

San Francisco’s revered 42nd Street Moon kicks off its 2021 “Moonbeams” season with Jason Graae in Perfect Hermany, a tribute to the late, great Jerry Herman, writer of such classic musicals as Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles. The title Perfect Hermany is an unusually apt one as Graae is the perfect interpreter of Herman’s work, having starred in a much-lauded production Herman’s The Grand Tour in LA and toured for years with Herman in Hello, Jerry!, a revue of Herman’s work. Perfect Hermany is available for streaming on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 2, 2021. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit 42ndStreetMoon.org. Among his many credits, Graae has appeared on Broadway numerous times, toured extensively as The Wizard in Wicked, performed with major symphonies across the country, recorded dozens of musical theater albums and has enjoyed a long association with 42nd Street Moon. He is known for the improbable combination of his antic, go-for-broke comedic style and the impeccable musicianship of his soaring tenor. He is the type of performer who can make you bust a gut one moment, and then melt your heart the next.   BroadwayWorld caught up with Graae last week from his home base in LA soon after he had completed filming Perfect Hermany. We talked about his long association with both Herman and 42nd Street Moon, his favorite Herman songs, a couple of key roles that somehow got away from him and a few he still hopes to have a go at. Graae is always a blast to talk to. It seems the guy just is incapable of not being funny, but he is also thoughtful and kind, and sort of a walking treasure trove of theatrical lore. The following conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.

BWW Interview: Triple Threat Jason Graae Always In PERFECT HERMANY by Gil Kaan - Apr 12, 2021

A co-production of San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon and Long Beach's Musical Theatre West, PERFECT HERMANY will be available to stream online through May 2, 2021 as part of Moon’s 2021 Moonbeams season. This homage to legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman stars the versatile Jason Graae, directed by Lee Tannen with musical direction by John Boswell.

Jason Graae Premieres Virtual Jerry Herman Evening PERFECT HERMANY April 10th by Stephen Mosher - Apr 9, 2021

42nd Street Moon and Musical Theatre West join forces to bring a Jerry Herman evening starring Jason Graae to the internet airwaves.

42nd Street Moon Announces 2021 MoonBeams Series by Stephi Wild - Mar 23, 2021

This spring MoonBeams season features a Tony nominated production, stars seen on the Bay Area and Broadway stages, as well as new, never seen before, over the top theatrical numbers that will have audiences singing along at home!

THE FABULOUS INVALID Podcast Releases Two-Part Episode 'Jerry Herman: Poet of the Showtune' by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 3, 2021

The Fabulous Invalid podcast, has today released an epic two-part episode, Jerry Herman: Poet of the Showtune, celebrating Broadway legend and creator of hits such as Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles; and many more. Both Part One and Part Two of Poet of the Showtune are now available.

Lesli Margherita to Appear on KPFK Radio's ARTS IN REVIEW by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 22, 2021

On Jan 22, Arts in Review welcomes singer/actress Leslie Margherita, featured in Pasadena Playhouse’s virtual musical revue, You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman, honoring the genius responsible for the Broadway classics Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles and many more, now through February 7, 2021 on PlayhouseLive.

BWW Interview: Musical Director Andy Einhorn: Jerry Herman He LIKES by Gil Kaan - Jan 19, 2021

Andy Einhorn's tribute to his dear friend Jerry Herman YOU I LIKE: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF JERRY HERMAN virtually opened January 10, 2021. Safely filmed on the Pasadena Playhouse stage, familiar Jerry Herman classics (and not-so-familiar, undiscovered gems) will be wondrously performed by the uber-talented vocalists Ashley Blanchet, Nicholas Christopher, Lesli Margherita, Andrea Ross, Ryan Vona, and Andy himself.

Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce and More to be Featured in YOU I LIKE: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF JERRY HERMAN by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2021

Pasadena Playhouse has announced the January 10, 2021 PlayhouseLive Online Opening Night of You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman, a virtual musical revue honoring the genius responsible for the Broadway classics Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles and many more.

The Harlem Cultural Collaborative Presents STRIKE UP THE BAND: HBCU'S MARCHING INTO THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 9, 2020

The Harlem Cultural Collaborative closes out the 2020 Harlem Renaissance community centennial celebration with Strike Up The Band: HBCUs Marching Into The Harlem Renaissance. on Saturday, December 12th at 4pm.

Parallel Exit Presents ELEVATOR PITCH, New Free Online Physical Comedy Video Series by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2020

Three-time Drama Desk nominee Parallel Exit presents ELEVATOR PITCH - a free online physical comedy video series for the whole family. Each episode lasts as long as an elevator ride: 60 seconds or less, offering bite-sized physical comedy from the comfort of your device.

Joel Grey to Appear as a Guest on BRIDGE TO BROADWAY by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 15, 2020

On Wednesday, October 21st at 1PM EST, Bridge To Broadway will return for a one-time live interview and interactive Q & A with Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe winner Joel Grey, with a percentage of net proceeds benefitting St. Jude's Research Hospital.

Kathy Smardak Dies at Age 60 by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 14, 2020

Kathy Smardak, co-founder of Outback Concerts, died on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Williamson Medical Center after a brief illness.

Casting Announced For IT'S COMPLICATED In Virtual Rochester Fringe by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 4, 2020

'It's Complicated', an evening of three short plays written by playwright Derek Roland, has announced casting for it's Rochester Fringe Festival production. The show will be featured during the Virtual Fringe which runs September 15th-26th and will be available on demand throughout the festival.

VIDEO: On This Day, July 10- Celebrating Composer Jerry Herman by A.A. Cristi - Jul 10, 2020

Herman is known for his work on Broadway classics such as Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles, Dear World, Mack & Mabel, The Grand Tour, Milk & Honey and many more. He has been nominated for five Tony Awards, and won twice, for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles. He received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2009, and a Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

VIDEO: Paper Mill Explores the Works of Jerry Herman for Humanities Symposium Series by Stage Tube - May 21, 2020

Paper Mill Playhouse has shared a flashback installment of its Humanitarian Symposium Series taking an inside look at the work of Jerry Herman.

The College Showcase Must Go On (Virtually!) - Part 11 by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Apr 2, 2020

We've been compiling videos from college seniors all around the country for our new daily showcase series. Although their performances were cancelled, the show must go on-- virtually!

BWW Review: WITH YOU I LIKE, LYRICS & LYRICISTS EMBRACES JERRY HERMAN at 92Y (and an earlier side order of Irving Berlin) by Rob Lester - Feb 26, 2020

When Jerry Herman's songs fill the air, it's always 'The Best of Times.' 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists concert series proves that again with a strong presentation to enrich afternoons and night-time (February 22-24). The sturdy arts hub continues to honor Broadway's best, whether with a grand staged program like this or a casual classroom chat by Irving Berlin biographer James Kaplan.

Industry Editor Exclusive: Jerry Herman and the Catalog He Leaves Behind by Cara Joy David - Feb 6, 2020

A producer cannot just license any property s/he wants. Yes, MAME is available for licensing on the Concord Theatricals website, but if I wanted to mount it on Broadway it would be a little more complicated than shelling out cash. Hurdles for non-professional productions are not substantial, but many professional productions require levels of permission. Jerry Herman, who passed away on December 26, 2019, was a man unlikely to give permission for professional productions of his shows unless he thought they would be good.

Photo Coverage: Broadway Unites to Honor the Late, Great Jerry Herman by Nicole Rosky - Feb 4, 2020

As BroadwayWorld reported last month, Tony Award winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman passed away at 88 years old. Just yesterday, Broadway united to remember the legend. Michael Feinstein produced a memorial event at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, featuring performances by: Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, Klea Blackhurst, Alice Borden, Jane Dorian, Lewis Stadlen, Lorna Luft, Ron Raines, Jason Graae, Marilyn Maye, Jeremy Jordan, Don Pippin, Lee Roy Reams, and Debbie Gravitte, with special video tributes from Angela Lansbury and Paul McCartney. Marc Bruni directed the event with Larry Blank serving as music director.

Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster & More Will Gather to Remember Jerry Herman Next Month by Nicole Rosky - Jan 15, 2020

As BroadwayWorld reported last month, Tony Award winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman passed away at 88 years old. Next month, Broadway will unite to remember the legend.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Jerry Herman by Walter McBride - Dec 29, 2019

Earlier this week, BroadwayWorld was deeply saddened to report that legendary Tony Award winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman has passed away. Today, we're remembering Herman with a look back at some photos from our archives. Check them out below!

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I'll Be Here Tomorrow
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What Am I with You
Two Possibilities
Having Someone There
Song of Advice
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The Grand Tour has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1979, Broadway which opened in 1979 and which opened in 2005.
The Grand Tour has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Jerry Herman.

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