Inspired by Vickie Baum’s landmark novel about a Berlin hotel in 1929’s Weimar, Germany and the Oscar-winning film starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore, Yeston was nominated for a Tony Award and two Drama Desk Awards for his contributions to the score (which include the Broadway classics “Love Can’t Happen, “I Want To Go To Hollywood” and the sinuous and haunting opening theme “Grand Parade).
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The show ran over 1,000 performances on Broadway and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and 12 Drama Desk Awards, winning 5 of each, for its masterful portrayal of six disparate and desperate characters – all linked by being in the same hotel on the same day and night, and subsequently won London’s Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
“A sensuous, throbbing, pulsating tango. ‘Grand Hotel’ raises the Broadway musical several giant steps - one of the most haunting and mesmerizing two hours I’ve experienced in the theater in years.” - Rex Reed, New York Observer
“Spectacular stagecraft makes ‘Grand Hotel’ an entertaining mass audience musical. Awesomely fluid movement and islands of razzle dazzle musical numbers create an illusion of sweeping passion. It’s a triumph…” - Richard Hummler, Daily Variety
“The musical winner of the season bringing to mind the kinetic narratives of Harold Prince, Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett in their heyday.” - Time Magazine
Nominated for 12 TONY Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score
Nominated for 12 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, Best Music, Best Lyrics