Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour Will Make London Premiere in 2015

News   Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour Will Make London Premiere in 2015
Jerry Herman's 1979 Broadway flop The Grand Tour is to receive its European premiere, beginning performances Jan. 1, 2015, at London's Finborough Theatre prior to an official opening Jan. 6, for a run through Feb. 21.

It will be directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, who previously collaborated on a revival of Herman's Mack and Mabel at Southwark Playhouse, where their other shows have included Titanic, Parade and Victor/Victoria. The musical, which features a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, is based on the play Jacobowsky and The Colonel, by Franz Werfel as adapted by S. N. Behrman. It is being produced at the Finborough as part of its 20 Premieres Season.

Set in France in 1940, it revolves around "Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, who has been one step ahead of the Nazis for years. Stjerbinsky, an aristocrat, anti semitic Polish colonel is desperately trying to get to England. Jacobowsky has purchased a car he doesn’t know how to drive. The Colonel knows how to drive, but has no car. When the two meet at a Paris hotel, they agree to join forces in order to escape the approaching Nazis. Together with the Colonel's girlfriend, Marianne, they begin their perilous journey on the road to freedom."

The cast is yet to be announced. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7244 7439 or visit

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