What you need today is a delicious song from a grand musical. Look no further. Vicki Baum’s novel Menschen Im Hotel and the 1932 film Grand Hotel based on it are the inspiration for this opulent show about the intriguing guests and staff of a luxurious hotel in 1920’s Berlin. Retiring prima ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya’s confidante Rafaella considers her needs and that of her mistress who she secretly desires in this wistful number.
If you think you may have seen this before, you’re probably right. Due to it’s extremely well preserved state, the medieval town of Pérouges is often chosen as a site for movies set in the medieval period.
Sonia decides not to spoil the mood during this pretty act one closer from this intimate drama about the romantic relationship between a composer and a lyricist. Just for today, don’t let anyone spoil your mood. As the song says, it couldn’t hurt anyone, and you may come back from the experience a little wiser.
Music: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice
When World War II began, Sweden professed it was on nobody’s side when it declared neutrality on this day in 1939. In this musical about an international chess tournament set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Florence realizes she might be on nobody’s side in this electrifying number. With music by the gentlemen behind Swedish pop sensation ABBA, this is one game where nobody will lose no matter whose side they’re on.
Every theatre fan should know this superb musical about Gypsy Rose Lee and her rise to stardom from the gawky Louise to burlesque queen. However, the true star of the show is her indomitable stage mother, Mama Rose a.k.a. Rose Thompson Hovick, who was born on this day in 1890. After the favored June runs away, Mama Rose turns her attention to her other daughter Louise and roars this spine-tingling, powerhouse number in a thrilling end to act one.