Happy Hour #22: A Grand Gallop – ‘Grand Hotel: The Musical’

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Pack your bags, come on down to Berlin and don’t forget to tip your bellhop. This week, Jimi and Tommy are checking in to the wonderfully dark Grand Hotel. We discuss the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Tommy Tune’s leg-bending choreography, Forbidden Broadway parodies, Michael Jeter’s moustache, and a fabulous upcoming adaptation of Sweeney Todd.

Grand Hotel: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Can you guess who’s who? It’s a hallowe’en tradition! Everyone’s favorite ripoff comic creator: Stu Lou. The lovechild of Klaus Nomi and Annie Lennox after they time travelled to Weimar Germany…obviously.

It’s one of the classics of black & white American Cinema. Check out this trailer for the 1932 Greta Garbo film, Grand Hotel.

Tommy Tune’s choreography is stunning. Here’s a tiny taste of it.

An adorable and wholesome human being, we are lucky to have experienced Michael Jeter. Have a look at his Tony acceptance speech here (and try not to cry along with him).

“Cyd Charisse is fabulous! I’d like to see her two more times.”

Forbidden Broadway is fabulous and if you’ve never listed to it you’re wrong. Here’s the fabulous Christine Pedi singing Cabaret as Elaine Stritch. What more do you need?

Can’t get enough of the fabulous Michael Jeter? Check out this episode of “No Small Parts” entirely dedicated to him.

And last, but certainly not least, feast your eyes on the unbeatable showstopper: Take a Glass Together.


During its preview, an unexpected technical malfunction forced Patti LuPone to double as ‘Cleaning Lady’. Which musical?



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