HEY THERE BROADWAY FANS! It is officially 30 days until Broadway’s biggest night of the year, the 71st Annual Tony Awards?. Back for a 3rd year in a row, we at New York Broadway Tours are pleased to present once again our TOP 30 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN playing you the best of Broadway showstoppers from the past telecasts.
To kick it all off at #30, we go to one of the most luxurious hotels in Berlin in 1928 where a lot of action is happening. This is Grand Hotel: The Musical?. The show featured a score by Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Maury Yeston? and a book by Luther Davis. It’s based on the acclaimed 1932 Oscar-winning MGM film of the same name.
From the 1990 telecast, the late Tony-winning Michael Jeter? as the mortally ill but not old Jewish bookkeeper “Otto Krinelein,” Brent Barrett? (replacing original cast member David Carroll just 6 months into the run) as the young, handsome, and sleazy “Baron Felix Von Gaigern,” and the cast are out for a night on the town getting into the Charleston groove in the showstopper “WE’LL TAKE A GLASS TOGETHER.”
GRAND HOTEL premiered on Broadway in 1989 at the Martin Beck Theatre and later transferred to the Gershwin Theatre where it ran for an incredible run of 1,048 performances. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 1990 winning 5 including Best Featured Actor in a Musical (for Michael Jeter) as well as Best Director & Best Choreography (for Tommy Tune?). Following its Broadway run, GRAND HOTEL went on to wow audiences in London’s West End and recently made its world premiere in Australia last year.
How about that showstopping toe-tapper that makes you want to raise your glass?
From the 1990 Tony Awards Telecast.