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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

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you are feeling nostalgic to see that 1989 tony award winning musical.

Don't see it if if you were expecting the same level of depth of performance of that 1989 Broadway production, as you will be disappointed.

Also I had the good fortune to see the original Broadway production back in... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to be greatly entertained by a wonderful cast who performed "off book". It had great staging, costumes, and show stopping scenes.

Don't see it if There is no good reason not to experience this glorious revival.

Entertaining, Delightful, Great dancing, Masterful, Dizzying

See it if You like musicals, dancing, the roaring 20s

Don't see it if Well today's the last day, so I guess if you don't have tickets.

Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want a truly modern classic of a musical - sumptuous score, rapturous singing, engaging inter-woven tales in 1928 Berlin's finest hotel.

Don't see it if you want something modern or severe. This is musical theater storytelling - with superb music & performances - in a classic, elegant style.

Ambitious, Great singing, Fun dancing, Worthwhile, Entertaining

See it if You are musicals fan. Like high quality singing and dancing. Want to experience this show and hear its music.

Don't see it if Don't like musical theatre.

Great staging, Great singing, Great dancing, Surprisingly dark, Riveting

See it if You would enjoy a smart production with cynical undertones in a minor key.

Don't see it if You want a light musical.

Also Another big production from Encores. How can they do all this for five... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you like big musicals that aren't all fluff and glitter.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of comedy or dancing.

Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Must see

See it if All that glitters at the Grand Hotel,even in the dark. Fantastic production,City Center steps it up with fully realized, Broadway-ready gem.

Don't see it if No reason not to.

Great staging, Great singing, Great dancing, Forgettable songs, Polished production

See it if to see an excellent production of a so-so show. Excellent performances all around, well staged, & the most polished Encores show I've seen.

Don't see it if you don't like dark musicals. I liked the production more than the story and songs.

Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You’ve never seen an Encores! Production, or if you’ve seen them all. They take older shows, and update them and make them all events.

Don't see it if You want the “hot shows”. These actually are, as they’re almost always sold out, but they’re not as trendy or flashy. Or need full staging.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Dated

See it if You want to see a classic musical with fun characters, and see James Snyder give a performance for the ages.

Don't see it if You get antsy during boring bits, or aren't a fan of old musicals.

Frollicking fun, a lost treasure

See it if You missed the original, love superb light comic performances, want to be surprised by some classic tango choreography danced perfectly.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this; pure entertainment

Also Lucky us to have Encores! tickets. It is a reminder that "only in New ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you enjoy a fabulous staged production of a so-so show.

Don't see it if You are looking for the most interesting story.

Great singing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if For the great staging and singing. This is a so so musical made better by the talent poured into it.

Don't see it if You do not have a strong love for musicals

Marvelous dancing, Entertaining, Wonderful staging

See it if An entertaining revival with first class talent, great tango dancing, good performances.

Don't see it if It's a revival Don't go if you don't want an old-fashioned melodrama and multiple story lines.

Also A musical adaptation from 1989 of the great old MGM movie from 1932 (a... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to see one of Encores' best presentations - terrific choreography and dancing, ambitious and beautifully presented

Don't see it if you hate musicals

Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love the theater. This is about music,dance,drama, and spectacle all rolled into one experience. Great performers giving their all.

Don't see it if you are not wiling to throw yourself into the theatrical experience. This is drama and serious issues performed with old time Broadway style

Ambitious, Enchanting, Must see

See it if you like a musical that's not Disney-fied. Or if you need your faith in Encores to be restored.

Don't see it if you need light, fluffy musicals.

Also This is the best show Encores has done in years. Just incredible. Not ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Great dancing

See it if you love seeing old musicals brought t life again even if just for a short time, and you don't mind a show with a lot of main characters .

Don't see it if like simple shows with simple plots and not a lot of main characters or you don't like shows set in the past.

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a cynical jewel of a play that still has a heart of gold. And to catch a stellar ensemble doing tremendous work.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward singular plot. This is more a collection of short stories woven together.

Also I didn’t know the show before beyond Michael Jeter’s Tony performance.... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You love reprisals of musicals, and enjoy seeing great talent.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged production without the delightful limitations of a concert performance.

Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You enjoy great dancing, great singing, great production values - all in all the best Encores revival I have every seen and I've seen dozens

Don't see it if Multiple story lines, lack of familiar songs to sing along with bother you, have antipathy to Weimar Germany, or if u are dance blind.A Must

Also This was a thrilling experience, practically perfect, will likely tran... Read more Read less

Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You want to hear an absolutely fabulous Broadway score. I’ll bet money this Encores production is better than the original! Glorious tango!

Don't see it if You don’t want to hear incredible music, see beautiful costumes & stunning choreography and hear top notch actors sing to the last row! :)

Elegantly staged, with hommages to tune, Uneven cast, Tough to attempt this in 2 weeks, Encores! orchestra dependably wonderful

See it if you want to hear the Wright/Forrest score played by a full orchestra; are a Uranowitz or York fan; for Rhodes' resourceful staging & choreo

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original: none of the performers here, save Uranowitz, make you forget the creators of these roles

Also This was never top-drawer material to begin with, but Tommy Tune's dir... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if You want to hear wonderful vocals and see great dancing! The tango duo are outstanding! Loved the story, songs, overall ambiance.

Don't see it if Some of the plot was hard to follow and there wasn't much resolution. Don't sit in first row of balcony as pole is in the way.

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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