Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour, with Barbour, Anderson and Graae, Presented in NYC May 29-31

News   Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour, with Barbour, Anderson and Graae, Presented in NYC May 29-31 The York Theatre Company's production of Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour, the first of three spring 2009 Musicals in Mufti staged concert presentations, begins performances at the East Side venue May 29.
Jason Graae
Jason Graae

Directed by Michael Montel with music direction by James Bassi, the concerts will be presented through May 31. Heading the cast of the musical are Drama Desk Award nominee James Barbour (A Tale of Two Cities) as Colonel Stjerbinsky, Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town) as Marianne and Jason Graae (A Grand Night for Singing) as S.L. Jacobowsky.

The cast also includes Edwin Cahill (LoveMusik), Roger DeWitt (The Woman in White), William Thomas Evans (A Tale of Two Cities), Nicholas Galbraith ("As the World Turns"), Cynthia Leigh Heim (The Music Man), Daniel Stewart, Lorinda Lisitza (ReWrite) and Sasha Weiss (Jerry Springer, The Opera at Carnegie Hall).

The Grand Tour features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble (based on the original play Jacobowski and the Colonel by Franz Werfel). The musical, according to the York, "is a bittersweet comic tale featuring love triangles, mistaken identity and a wedding at sea. At the onset of the Nazi invasion, two strangers with nothing in common travel from France to England and unexpectedly become the best of friends."

Show times are May 29 at 8 PM, May 30 at 2:30 and 8 PM and May 31 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Audience talkbacks will follow both matinees.

All performances will be presented at the Theatre at Saint Peter's, 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue. For tickets, priced $37.50, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call (212) 935-5820.

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"Mufti" (pronounced MUFF' tee) means "in street clothes; without the usual trappings," and each show in the series is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging.

The series will continue with High Spirits (June 12-14) and Knickerbocker Holiday (June 26-28).