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Grand Hotel, The Musical

From 145 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

New York City Center's Encores! presents a new staging of the 1989 Broadway hit, a kind of fever dream of life at the end of the Weimer Era at Berlin’s most glamorous crossroads. More…

A faded ballerina, a cat burglar posing as a Count, a businessman facing certain ruin, and a young secretary all-too-eager to become a movie star are all trapped by history, as the world careens into a great depression, and the revolving door keeps turning. Book your reservation for the mysterious and luxurious 'Grand Hotel.'

Member Reviews (145)


Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting
Avg Score

Polished, Dark, Strong dancing, Good voices, Stylish

See it if you like dark musicals. 1928 Berlin looks glittery, but it's grimy underneath. Well-paced, GH engrossed me, but it did not fully delight me.

Don't see it if you want memorable songs or to be touched. But GH was beautifully presented (w/only 2 wks rehearsal). Strong ensemble cast; chic dancing.

Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing

See it if If you like a big musical. One of Encore's very best production. Rhodes does a great job with this show.

Don't see it if If you do not like a bigger musical, or do not like musicals.

Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant, Ambitious, Great dancing

See it if High gloss staging & sensational dancing keeps focus away from clumsy book & uninspired songs Uranowitz & that Tango duet true showstoppers

Don't see it if Book strains for relevancy (#MeToo moments) while drug-addicted narrator is underutilized Ghost of Tommy Tune hovers despite Rhodes' efforts

Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love theater,, Great dance numbers. My favorites: Yorke, Snyder Uranowitz & the two Jimmys. This show shoud move to Broadway

Don't see it if you need a linear story, I still feel that the City Center is too big though the sound system has been improved mucho .

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the original show or of the film, like musicals that tackle serious matters, enjoy great music, dancing and voices

Don't see it if One act musicals are too long, Berlin 1928 doesn't interest you, don't like atmospheric shows, characters who do bad things, unhappy endings

Also Wow! What a delightful surprise. Who knew Grand Hotel could contain so... Read more Read less

Dated, Nice music/songs, Peculiar choreography, Good performances, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy musicals. The score is lovely. There are a lot current themes women's rights, antisemitism, drugs issue, etc.

Don't see it if don't enjoy musicals. With enormous resources in people it lacks imagination about how they use them. None of the many themes are explored

Weimar germany decadent musical - cabaret? no, but much more fun, cabaret-ish with a wink

See it if a hoot! marvelous choreography, incredible begin/ending tango, tenor brings down house, B. Uranowitz steals show w comic stylings

Don't see it if a little hokey; tunes not memorable; some performers don't understand acting has 2 be droll in send-up like this

Also There's something else interesting going on in this play: In addition ... Read more Read less

Muddled, Uneven, Pointless, Great acting, Engaging

See it if you are already very familiar with the material and are excited about the prospect of seeing it on stage with very talented performers.

Don't see it if you'd frustrated by seeing a show that really needs a point of view presented without a point of view.

Exquisite, Enchanting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see a revival of a 30-year old musical that still holds up. You want a sharp, entertaining musical w/great music & performers.

Don't see it if You want a new musical. You want a fully upbeat musical. You prefer lighter themes.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great dancing, Must see

See it if Great dancing/singing, stories of life at the Grand Hotel.

Don't see it if If you do not like musical, dancing, want one story.

Also The dancing and singing was excellent. They had the tango dance and it... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy ensemble musicals or are interested in the Roaring ‘20s. This is a quick show at under 2 hours with no intermission.

Don't see it if multiple storylines tend to confuse you, or you’re looking for a more contemporary story.

Also In truth, I probably would have enjoyed it ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see a show done with great singing, staging and choreography. Encores outdid themselves.

Don't see it if you do not like musicals.

Also I was stunned by the staging and the arrangement of the orchestra. Enc... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Great choreography

See it if You want to see a classic musical with multiple characters and songs that all land on target.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see an Encore musical revival.

Grand bauble of music and dance

See it if Great staging and choreography. The score is unusual and hypnotic. Snyder and Uranowitz were outstanding. I liked Dvorovenko, too.

Don't see it if What could be a jumble of disjointed stories is tied together by intersecting the ballerina, baron, accountant, mogul and typist. Well done!

Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if enjoy old Broadway musicals brought back to life by a terrific cast and orchestra

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals

Great choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Stylish, Middling book

See it if you are an Encores fan. The most elaborate & well staged production of theirs I have seen. Great choreography & direction by Josh Rhodes.

Don't see it if you don't care for multiple story lines. Few memorable songs, but all are performed beautifully.

Also Special mention for the superb tango dancers Junior Cervila & Guadalup... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if One of the best Encore productions in its 25 year history. Bravo.

Don't see it if You don’t like concept musicals.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if You love a well staged musical. Great costumes. Superior choreography. Super casting. Delightful.

Don't see it if You want junk cursing modern crap. This is an old fashioned solid musical.

Charming, Old-fashioned romp with some edge, Well-choreographed, Talented performers, "grandly" entertaining

See it if several figures united by their stay in Berlin's Grand Hotel appeals; a fan of the actors; seeking old-fashioned frolick, flair, and fun.

Don't see it if you dislike sometimes-dated material; moments of misogyny, sexuality, and assault; spare staging; dances that act as bridges between scenes.

Also Grand Hotel is studded with talent—from the main cast to ensemble. The... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Great singing, Dark and fabulous

See it if It's closed, but I'm hoping it will transfer! James Snyder's voice made the entire evening worth watching! A nicely trimmed rework.

Don't see it if You're looking for an upbeat comedy. It's based on the movie with John Barrymore & Greta Garbo. You want the 2 1/2 hour original.

Also This tightened all the plots from the original -- kept in all the meat... Read more Read less

Dated, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you enjoyed it during its original run.

Don't see it if you want to see something fresh.

Superb dancing, Dry

See it if you like this show, or shows with a Brechtian/Weill touch to them. I don't like this show, but this is as good as it's going to get.

Don't see it if dark pieces reminiscent of the Weimar era disturb you.

Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Must see, Marvelous dancing

See it if you want a stirring revival with glorious orchestrations. The moving story, almost sung-through, is beautifully staged, sung and danced.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals? I honestly can't think of another reason.

Also I had seen the show on Broadway and at the Donmar in London. This prod... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Heard great singing of musical numbers that people may not know to focus on the music/story instead of the overall concept

Don't see it if Want a more developed/cohesive storyline

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if You want to see one of the best Encores of recent history

Don't see it if You don't like Encores style

March 22nd, 2018
"One of the most sumptuous pieces of eye candy ever to glitter from the City Center stage. As for what churns beneath its opulent surface, it’s still a rather dreary slog...Rhodes’s production isn’t grim, but it’s oddly uninvolving, and only some of the cast members emanate the vivid magnetism th...
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March 22nd, 2018
"A triumph...Rhodes delivers a smoothly polished production that blends near-constant choreographed movement and dazzling dance with seamless grace. Many of the visually arresting stage pictures are clearly indebted to Tune but not so slavishly that it feels like a mere carbon copy of the origina...
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March 22nd, 2018
"A fully polished production with a showstopper at every turn...Josh Rhodes, who directs and choreographs this production, embraces the spectral forces to pay a loving homage to the original, while still creating his own stylish version...The direction doesn't always escape the trappings of the m...
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March 25th, 2018
"The visuals supplied by Tune acted as an additional method of authorship, enhancing material that might not be as effective without such a strong directorial hand. The score to 'Grand Hotel' is generally a good one...The book succeeds in the difficult task of presenting numerous characters in in...
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