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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000159.txt from 1998/03

From: Mitch Bassman <mbassman@-----.com>
Subj: Grand Hotel [was Re: Pit Orchestra Problems]
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 1998 14:10:31 -0500

At 09:27 AM 3/3/98 -0800, Jordan Selburn wrote:
> "Grand Hotel" is not a Lloyd-Weber show. It was written by someone
whose
> name I don't recall and by Maury Yeston, who was brought late in to
fix the
> show.

I've not played Grand Hotel, but I saw this show on Broadway several years
ago. The orchestra was not in the pit. It was on a stage-size platform
suspended high above the stage at about balcony level. The musicians were,
therefore, all visible to the audience and very much a part of what we saw.
They were spread out across the entire width and depth of the platform. The
woodwind players were not all sitting together; rather the woodwind, brass,
string, and percussion musicians were all intermixed on the platform. As I
recall, I enjoyed the music, but by far the best part of the show was the
dancing (not the singing or the acting). It was a fabulous show for dancers.

A quick web search brought me the details that appear belong my email
signature.

Mitch Bassman
Burke, Virginia, USA
mbassman@-----.com
====================

Grand Hotel

Music: Robert Wright + George Forrest + Maury Yeston
Lyrics: Bernd Stromberger

Premiere: Sunday, November 12, 1989
Martin Beck Theatre, (New York)
Performances: 1077

Original Cast members (CD)

Recording year: 1992
Language: English
Label: RCA 61327
Length: 65:01
Tracks: 23
Conductor: Jack Lee
Notes: Reworking of "At the Grand" (1958) 7 additional songs by Maury Yeston
Singers:
Brent Barrett (6)
Liliane Montevecchi (6)
Timothy Jerome (3)
Michael Jeter (3)
Jane Krakowski (3)
Karen Akers (2)
David Jackson
Danny Strayhorn
Songs: The numbers are reference numbers, not track numbers.

1. The Grand parade
2. Some have, some have not
3. As it should be
4. Look at him ...
5. At the Grand Hotel
6. Table with a view
7. Maybe my baby loves me
8. Fire and ice
9. Twenty-two years
10. Villa on a hill
11. I want to go to Hollywood
12. Sorry to report ...
13. The crooked path
14. Some have, some have not
15. As it should be
16. Who couldn't dance with you?
17. So tell me Baron ...
18. Love can't happen
19. What you need
20. Bonjour amour
21. H-a-p-p-y
22. We'll take a glass together
23. I waltz alone
24. No creature on this planet ...
25. Roses at the station
26. Two sworn enemies
27. Bolero
28. How can I tell her?
29. As it should be
30. At the Grand Hotel
31. Some have, some have not
32. The Grand parade
33. The Grand waltz

   
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