When the story line for the Broadway show The Grand Tour was being discussed, someone asked, "Who wants to write a musical about a little Jewish man running away from the Nazis?" Jerry Herman answered this question by doing just that. The show opened on January 11, 1979, and closed almost immediately. This reissue is part of the Fynsworth Alley Broadway Redux series. The usually very successful producer did not hit the jackpot here as he did with Hello Dolly!, La Cage aux Folies, and Mame. The musical was written by Herman's longtime collaborator, Michael Stewart, along with help from Mark Bramble. The subject matter is based on the S.N. Behrman play called Jacobowsky and the Colonel. There is quite a bit of very pretty music here sung with care by Ron Holgate and Florence Lacey. Among the more notable pieces are "I Belong Here," "Marianne," and a lovely "We're Almost There." But none of the pieces have the magic that Herman captured for his more notable endeavors. Unfortunately the leading character of the play is played by the usually incomparable Joel Grey, who comes off a bit too ethnic, sounding like a cross between his role in Cabaret and Jerry Lewis, leaning more toward Lewis than Cabaret unfortunately. This is pretty much limited to Herman devotees.
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