Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour Makes European Premiere Tonight | Playbill

News Jerry Herman's The Grand Tour Makes European Premiere Tonight Jerry Herman's 1979 Broadway musical The Grand Tour receives 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 is 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 (Alistair Brookshaw), 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 (Nik Kyle) 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 (Zoë Doano), they begin their perilous journey on the road to freedom." 

Brookshaw, who plays Jacobowsky, starred as Leo Frank in Thom Southerland’s production of Parade at Southwark Playhouse. He recently premièred the one-man Oscar Wilde musical De Profundis, winner of Leicester Square Theatre’s The New Musical Project.

Also in the cast are Michael Cotton, Laurel Dougall, Elizabeth Graham, Natasha Karp, Vincent Pirillo, Blair Robertson, Samuel J Weir and Lizzie Wofford. The creative team also includes Cressida Carré (choreographer), Joanna Cichonska (musical director), Philip Lindley (set designer), Sophia Simensky (costume designer) and Max Pappenheim (sound designer).

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7244 7439 or visit

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