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Photos from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Grand Hotel 1989 released from the #MWBVault

Based on Vicki Baum’s novel, also the source for a lavish 1932 MGM film starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore, Grand Hotel brought together three giants of the musical theatre, Robert Wright and George Forrest, and Maury Yeston, as well as a plethora of great performers to inhabit this grandiose musical about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where “nothing ever happens.” The year is 1928, and as the many plots that constitute the storyline unfold the audience enters into the lives of the various guests who have checked into the hotel – Grusinskaya, a celebrated Russian ballerina; Baron von Geigern, a thief interested in her jewels; Otto Kringelien, a meek bookkeeper with a terminal illness; Colonel Doctor Otternschlag, an alcoholic physician; a pseudo Countess and her gigolo; a lawyer; an inflated impresario. All these characters mingle and intertwine in the course of a tumultuous day, belying the serene atmosphere the hotel staff wants to maintain. When the show arrived at the Martin Beck, on November 12, 1989, its strong narrative, its eloquent score, and its array of talented performers, some seen in their best roles, made it an audience favorite, and it lasted until April 19, 1992, for a total of 1,018 performances.

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