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You Are There at the Grand Hotel Actors Fund Benefit

You Are There at the Grand Hotel Actors Fund Benefit

Grand Hotel original cast members Karen Akers

Keith Crowningshield, David Jackson, Ken Jennings, Timothy Jerome, Charles Mandracchia, Penny Worth and Walter Willison, reunited last night for a special pair of concerts toasting the 1989 musical The Grand Hotel‘s 30th anniversary for The Actors Fund.

They were joined by John Schneider, who played the Baron Felix Von Gaigern in the original Broadway production

and Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, who sang from the other Grand Hotel

Willison wrote and directed the concerts, which were dedicated to the memory of the late Liliane Montevecchi, who received a Tony nomination for originating the role of ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya.

Also featured are Grand Hotel cast members Michael Piehl, David White, Jill Powell, Sachi Parker, Harper Lee Andrews (daughter of original cast member Jennifer Lee Andrews), Emily Elizabeth Cobb, Katie Dixon, Matthew Drinkwater, John Drinkwater

and ballroom dancers Erin Marie and Zachary Bordonaro.

The manager of The Green Room 42 Daniel Dunlow, got his own solo and nailed it.

Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune

Directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune, who was on hand Grand Hotel opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on November 12, 1989 and ran for 1,017 performances. It was nominated for twelve 1990 Tony Awards and won five—two for Tune in categories of Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography, two for designers Santo Loquasto (costumes) and Jules Fisher (lights) and one for the late Michael Jeter, who played Otto Kringelein, the dying bookkeeper.

Maury Yeston

Maury Yeston who wrote additional music and for the show was also present.

The Grand Hotel celebration toke place at 7:00pm and 9:30pm in The Yellow Pavillion in The Fig Room on the fourth floor of YOTEL New York at 570 Tenth Avenue.

Judy Kaye
John Schneider
John Schneider
John Schneider, Sachi Parker
Sachi Parker
Sachi Parker
Walter Willison
Timothy Jerome
Charles Mandracchia, Timothy Jerome
Musical director Elliot Finkle
Our favorite server Kea Chan


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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