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Cast and Creative Team announced for The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour CastCast and creative team announced for the European première of Jerry Herman’s multi-Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical The Grand Tour, at Finborough Theatre, London.

Alastair Brookshaw, Nick Kyle and Zoë Doano are to lead the cast for the European première of Jerry Herman’s 1979 Broadway musical, The Grand Tour, directed by Thom Southerland, at the Finborough Theatre as part of the 20 Premières Season.

Produced by Danielle Tarento, The Grand Tour will run for an eight-week strictly limited season from Thursday, 1 January to Saturday 21 February.

France, 1940. Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, has been one step ahead of the Nazis for years. Stjerbinsky, an aristocrat, anti-semitic Polish colonel is desperately trying to get to England. Jacobowsky has purchased a car he doesn’t know how to drive. The Colonel knows how to drive, but has no car. When the two meet at a Paris hotel, they agree to join forces in order to escape the approaching Nazis. Together with the Colonel’s girlfriend, Marianne, they begin their perilous journey on the road to freedom. Featuring one of Jerry Herman’s most engrossing and heartfelt scores, The Grand Tour finds beauty, light and humour in one of history’s darkest hours.

Alastair Brookshaw (Jacobowsky) obtained rave reviews for his starring role as Leo Frank in Thom Southerland’s critically acclaimed production of Parade at Southwark Playhouse. Alastair’s West End productions include Cabaret and Blood Brothers, with him understudying the role of Eddie. He was in the cast of Craig Revel Horwood’s revival of Hot Mikado at the Watermill Theatre, and he was a vocalist in the dance musical Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. He recently premièred the one-man Oscar Wilde musical, De Profundis, winner of Leicester Square Theatre’s The New Musical Project.

Nik Kyle (The Colonel) comes from New Zealand, where he starred as Chris in the New Zealand premiere of Miss Saigon. Other musical credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, and Emcee in Cabaret and Assassins.

Zoë Doano (Marianne) was in the musicals Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola), High Society (UK tour) and Les Miserables (West End).

The rest of the cast are: Michael Cotton (Parade, Victor/Victoria, The Tailor Made Man, Martin Guerre, My Fair Lady, Oliver!), Laurel Dougall, Elizabeth Graham (Alvaro’s Balcony, Candide, Salad Days, Cabaret), Natasha Karp, Vincent Pirillo (Sweeney Todd, Chichester, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof), Blair Robertson, Samuel J Weir (Dogfight, Monkee Business, Parade, Spring Awakening), Lizzie Wofford.

Creative Team
Director Thom Southerland
Choreographer Cressida Carré
Musical Director Joanna Cichonska
Set Designer Philip Lindley
Costume Designer Sophia Simensky
Sound Designer Max Pappenheim
Producer & Casting Director Danielle Tarento

Jerry Herman (Music and Lyrics) is one of Broadway’s most prolific composers, with his best known work including Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles and Mack & Mabel. He has been nominated for Tony Award five times, and won twice, for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles. In 2009, Herman received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Michael Stewart (Book) made his Broadway debut with Bye Bye Birdie in 1960. He won two Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical for Hello, Dolly! and was further nominated for Mack & Mabel, Carnival!, I Love My Wife, Barnum, 42nd Street and Harrigan ‘n’ Hart.

Mark Bramble (Book) has been nominated for the Tony Award three times: for Best Book of a Musical for Barnum and 42nd Street and Best Direction of a Musical for 42nd Street.

Thom Southerland (Director) was longlisted Best Newcomer in the 2011 Evening Standard Awards for Parade. He was named Best Director at the 2011 The Offies – Off West End Theatre Awards – for Me And Juliet at the Finborough. He directed Titanic, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel and Parade (Southwark Playhouse); Daisy Pulls It Off, Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam! (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); the European première of I Sing!, Divorce Me, Darling!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game and sold-out all-male adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and The Mikado (Union); Noël and Gertie (Cockpit); the European première of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor); and the European première of State Fair (Finborough & transfer to Trafalgar Studios).

Danielle Tarento (Producer and Casting Director) was named Best Producer at the 2012 Off West End Awards and recently won Best Off West End Production at the 2014 Whatsonstage Awards and Best Musical Production at the 2014 Off West End Awards for Titanic at Southwark Playhouse. She has also produced Dogfight, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel, Parade, Company and Three Sisters at Southwark Playhouse; Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Burlesque, Drowning on Dry Land (Jermyn Street); Noël and Gertie (Cockpit). She is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory and co-produced all in-house shows 2004 – 2006, including Sunday In The Park With George, which received a West End transfer and five Olivier Awards.

Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
London SW10 9ED
Box Office: 0844 847 1652
Thursday 1st January – 21st February
Press nights: Tuesday 6 &
Wednesday 7 January at 7.30pm
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm
(no Saturday matinee 10 January)
Extra matinee on Friday 20 February at 3.00pm


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