Palace Theatre, (1/11/1979 - 3/04/1979)

First Preview: Dec 27, 1978
Opening Date: Jan 11, 1979
Closing Date: Mar 04, 1979
Total Previews: 17
Total Performances: 61

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: June 13 - June 18, 1940. Between Paris and the Atlantic Coast of France.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander

Produced by James M. Nederlander, Diana Shumlin and Jack Schlissel; Produced in association with Carole J. Shorenstein and Stewart F. Lane

Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble; Based upon the original play "Jacobowsky and the Colonel" by Franz Werfel; Based upon the American play "Jacobowsky and the Colonel" by S. N. Behrman; Musical Director: Wally Harper; Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang; Dance arrangements by Peter Howard; Vocal arrangements by Donald Pippin; Uncredited additional vocal arrangements by Larry Blank

Directed by Gerald Freedman; Choreographed by Donald Saddler; Assistant Choreographer: Mercedes Ellington

Scenic Design by Ming Cho Lee; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Hair Design by Vincenzo Prestia; Make-Up Design by Vincenzo Prestia; Sound Design by Jack Mann

General Manager: Jack Schlissel and Jay Kingwill; Associate Gen. Mgr: Charles Willard

Production Stage Manager: Mary Porter Hall; Stage Manager: Richard Elkow

Casting: Feuer & Ritzer; General Press Representative: Betty Lee Hunt and Maria Cristina Pucci; Dance Captain: Tina Paul; Advertising: Weiner Associates and Serino, Coyne & Nappi; Photographer: Roger Greenawalt

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Opening Night Cast

Joel GreyS. L. Jacobowsky
Ron HolgateColonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky
Florence LaceyMarianne
Bjarne BuchtrupEnsemble
Chevi ColtonMme. Vauclain
Mme. Manzoni
Bride's Aunt
Carol DorianEnsemble
Travis HudsonMme. Marville
An elegant lady
Mother Madeleine
Kenneth KantorHugo The Hungarian Hercules
Jack KarcherCziesno
Grace KeagyMme. Bouffier
A Peasant Woman
Bride's Mother
Sister Roland
Bronna LiptonSwing Dancer
Debra LymanEnsemble
Michelle MarshallBride
Bob MorriseyCommissaire of Police
Stan PageChauffeur
Tina PaulEnsemble
Jay PierceStiltwalker
Papa Clairon
Linda PoserEnsemble
Theresa RakovEnsemble
George ReinholtCaptain Meuller
Jeff RichardsSwing Dancer
Paul SolenEnsemble
Jo SperosClaudine
Jay StuartMan with Flower in His Lapel
Gene VarroneConductor
Bride's Father
Jeff VeazeyEnsemble
Stephen VinovichSzabuniewicz
Mark WaldropJeannot
Bonnie YoungEnsemble

Standby: Charles Abbott (S. L. Jacobowsky)

Understudies: Kenneth Kantor (Szabuniewicz), Jack Karcher (Captain Meuller), Bronna Lipton (Bride's Aunt), Bob Morrisey (Man with Flower in His Lapel), Linda Poser (Marianne, Mme. Vauclain, Mother Madeleine), Theresa Rakov (Mme. Manzoni, Mme. Marville) and Jay Stuart (Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1979 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman

 1979 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Joel Grey

 1979 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Ron Holgate

Drama Desk Award

 1979 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Joel Grey


music by Jerry Herman; lyrics by Jerry Herman

ACT 1 Sung By
I'll Be Here TomorrowS. L. Jacobowsky
For PolandColonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky, Mme. Bouffier and Parisians
I Belong HereMarianne
MarianneColonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky
We're Almost ThereMarianne, Szabuniewicz, S. L. Jacobowsky, Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky, Mme. Marville (An elegant lady), Conductor and Passengers
Marianne (Reprise) S. L. Jacobowsky
More and More/ Less and LessMarianne and Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky
One Extraordinary ThingS. L. Jacobowsky, Marianne, Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky, Szabuniewicz and Carnival Performers
One Extraordinary Thing (Reprise) S. L. Jacobowsky
ACT 2 Sung By
Mrs. S.L. JacobowskyS. L. Jacobowsky
Wedding ConversationS. L. Jacobowsky and Bride's Father
MazeltovBride's Father and Wedding Guests
I Think, I ThinkColonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky
For Poland (Reprise) Marianne, Mother Madeleine and Sisters of Charity
You I LikeColonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky and S. L. Jacobowsky
I Belong Here (Reprise) Marianne
I'll Be Here Tomorrow (Reprise) S. L. Jacobowsky


New York Daily News: "'The Grand Tour' gets nowhere"

"The Grand Tour," a musical version of the Franz Werfel S.N. Behrman wartime comedy-drama "Jacobowsky and the Colonel," came to the Palace last night as nice as you please, chock-full of pretty little Jerry Herman songs and with nothing out of place, including its sentimental little grease paint heart. Why, you'd hardly know there was a war going on as the imperious Polish-Catholic colonel and the meek little Polish Jew pursued their sweet adventure through invaded France to the English Channel in June, 1940. Much more to the point youth, you'd hardly know there was a show going on.

The evening has been as carefully assembled as a treasured, faded valentine. But even supposing that the 1944 play were not a quaint in itself by now and that an old-fashioned musical like "The Grand Tour" was just what Broadway needed, the piece is remarkably lacking in energy. To be sure, a thinly-bearded Joel Grey is nimble as ever as a Chaplinesque Jacobowsky keeping his little party always one step ahead of the Germans and kicking up his heels in dance numbers. Ron Holgate's baritone maintains a firm grasp on the colonel's music, including a couple of pleasing romantic songs, (though I do believe I heard the line "Don't mention the taste of lime or vanilla until you have kissed Marianne" in one of them).

Too, the large chorus - colorfully and sumptuously costumed by Theoni V. Aldredge and deployed in front of Ming Cho Lee's ever-changing scenery as the fleeing party moves from Paris through the French countryside - sings and dances like mad. As Jacobowsky, the colonel and the latter's beloved Marianne and his flunky move along, we're in a carnival, at a nunnery and part of a wedding celebration what goes on so long it seems in imminent danger of turning into a wake.

Under Gerald Freedman's matter-of-fact direction and Donald Saddler's busy but undistinguished choreography there's no end of physical movement. Yet the play itself never moves. The relationships among the principal characters are never felt. Marianne, played and sung by the attractive Florence Lacey, is just added baggage, albeit the colonel's baggage, and the closest we come to a heartfelt relationship is in a shall-we-dance number called "You I Like" for the two men near the end. But even that lacks sufficient bounce. Herman's melodies are simple and cheerful and sometimes reminiscent, while his lyrics are also simple and generally neatly-tailored. But the songs make no lasting impression.

Nor does the book fashioned by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. Like everything else about this show, it's inoffensive, low-keyed and barely serviceable. Philip J. Lang has provided the orchestrations, Donald Pippin the vocal arrangements and Wally Harper the musical direction. Martin Aronstein's lighting helps wherever possible.

There is nothing to dislike about "The Grand Tour" unless it's the insistent mediocrity which seems to make it such an awful waste of everybody's time.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Palace Theatre

(1/11/1979 - 3/4/1979)


Roger Bigelow
Swing Dancer (Feb 6, 1979 - ?)
Lynne Charnay
A Peasant Woman
Bride's Mother
Mme. Bouffier

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