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IMPRESSIONS: "Grand Hotel," The Musical by Encores! at New York City Center

March 28, 2018

I remember reading about Grand Hotel and Tommy Tune (the two are kind of inseparable) in Dance Magazine

 

"That's a show I want to see," I said to myself.

 

Ballroom dancing, the Roaring Twenties, lots of gooey romance: it was everything I loved as a tween. 

 

When Encores! announced a revival, I jumped at the chance to review it. 

 

Did it hold me in its thrall the way I imagined it would as a youngster?

 

TWO MINUTES TO READ

 

PREVIEW AND LINK AFTER PHOTO

 

 The cast of Grand Hotel, The Musical presented by Encores! at New York City Center. Photo by Joan Marcus. 

 

 

During Grand Hotel, a couple intermittently tangoes through the melee of hustling bellhops, bustling maids, and jostling guests. Their presence appears unseen, but it’s not unfelt because tango, like life, is a study of contrasts. Sinuous stroking and smoldering gazes yield to piercing flicks of the feet and an embrace that can feel like a vise to the follower, imprisoned as she is in the arms of a leader whose affections can swerve from fire to ice during one slinky . . . 

 

 

TO READ THE BALANCE OF MY REVIEW, PLEASE VISIT THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST.

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