Grand Hotel, The Musical
Grand Hotel, The Musical
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Grand Hotel, The Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(145 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
0%
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.

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975 Reviews | 341 Followers
75
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.

1048 Reviews | 254 Followers
85
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
79
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

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
91
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 Read more

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
81
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 Read more

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
90
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. Read more

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
81
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

641 Reviews | 127 Followers
100
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
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 that is a musical’s life blood...Rhodes is a skilled traffic cop, and his choreography is appropriately stylish throughout...Think of it as a glossy tabloid set to swelling violins."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 original...The cast may not be star-studded, but they are all first-rate...One of the finest Encores! productions in the organization's 25-year history."
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Theatermania
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 material...But what Rhodes managed to bring out of his cast sets a new high bar. They make up for any failings of material in spades, turning out highlight after highlight."
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BroadwayWorld
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 intertwining plots...The dramatic impact doesn't hit quite as hard as it might with more time. But nevertheless, this week's City Center mounting is a lovely showcase for some fine performances."
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New York Stage Review
March 22nd, 2018

"Not to be missed. The evening benefits from a number of main performances but the true star is most decidedly director-choreographer Josh Rhodes. This relative newcomer, has staged up a storm here; this 'Grand Hotel' is always afoot...The written material seems to play considerably better than it did back in 1989...What had been a disjointed score now sounds more of a piece...The cast is not star-filled, as these things go, but the performers impress."
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TheaterScene.net
March 25th, 2018

"Taking up Mr. Tune’s mantle is Josh Rhodes whose direction and choreography energizes the patchy material in his own distinctive and arresting fashion. With a lackluster score and a stilted book, to succeed the show requires and receives theatrical razzle-dazzle...Rhodes incorporates creates several riveting balletic sequences including a sensational Bolero...Overall, he offers an inventive reconception...A triumph of physical staging, performance, and design over its weak elements."
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Front Row Center
March 26th, 2018

"A sumptuous, haunted revival...The cast is quite good, and if a few of the performances here and there cannot outrun the memory of those who came before, for the most part the company is able to put their own indelible stamp on things...The director and choreographer Josh Rhodes has retained so many elements of Tommy Tune’s original staging that this is not so much a revival as un hommage."
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Front Mezz Junkies
March 25th, 2018

"As wonderfully and decrepitely good in that first unveiling...This surprisingly Broadway-ready production, thrown together in the shortest of time frames...looks as polished and ready for its close-up as any show that has graced this series...It’s a gloriously lush production, dark but life-affirming...It deserves a longer life, but I’m not so sure this story has a desperate need to be told."
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