Just a few days before its first preview, there has been a last minute cast change for the new production of the Broadway musical Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse. The production will open for a six-week season this Friday, 31 July (press night is Wednesday 5 August).
Grand Hotel is produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning tream behind the musicals Titanic (that recently transferred to Toronto), Parade and Mack & Mabel.
Philip Rham, who also played the Captain in Titanic, has had to reluctantly leave the production because of a family emergency.
Producer Danielle Tarento said: “We wish Philip well and are thrilled to welcome to the production the fantastic David Delve to take over and play Colonel-Doctor Otternschlag. We thank David enormously for stepping in at such short notice.”
David Delve’s many West End theatre credits include playing Squeers in the RSC’s epic Nicholas Nickelby in both London and the US; Thenadier the innkeeper in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre in 1987; Mr Sowerby in Oliver! at the London Palladium; three years in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s; Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal and Carousel at the Savoy.
The rest of the 17-strong international cast are: Christine Grimandi, Scott Garnham, George Rae, Victoria Serra, Jacob Chapman, Valerie Cutko, Jonathan Stewart, James Gant, Charles Hagerty, Paul Iveson, Rhiannon Howys, Jammy Kasongo, Ceili O’Connor, Durone Stokes, Samuel J Weir and Leah West.
The Grand Hotel, with a book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by George Forrest and Robert Wright, and additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, premiered on Broadway in 1989 and ran for more than 1,000 performances. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning five.
The creative team are: director Thom Southerland, musical supervisor Simon Lee, musical director Michael Bradley, choreographer Lee Proud, set and costume designer Lee Newby, lighting designer Derek Anderson, sound designer Andrew Johnson and casting director Danielle Tarento.
The Grand Hotel in 1928 Berlin is bustling with eccentric and sometimes dubious guests: amongst them a fading prima ballerina being forced to dance again; a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper who wants to spend his final days living in luxury; a young, handsome, but destitute Baron; a cynical doctor suffering from World War I wounds; an honest businessman going bad as he faces financial ruin and a typist dreaming of Hollywood stardom. Over the course of a weekend, their extraordinary stories interweave with each other and the hotel’s hard-working staff.
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