MSMT gets dramatic with ‘Grand Hotel’

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BRUNSWICK – Maine State Music Theatre will continue its 49th musical season with the sweeping dramatic ensemble “Grand Hotel.” The show, with its intricately woven plot and rich characters, is based on the Oscar-winning 1932 film of the same name.

MSMT’s production has a number of familiar faces for audiences, including Artistic Director Charles Abbott, who returns to the acting spotlight to play Otto Kringelein, a terminally ill man determined to live out his last days in the lap of luxury.

Also returning for “Grand Hotel” is Jennifer Rae Beck as Flaemmchen, a young woman with dreams of distant Hollywood. Gregg Goodbrod, who starred in three of last season’s productions, plays Baron Felix Von Gaigern, a Casanova with a surprising secret.

International diva Elizaveta Grushinskaya will be played by Krissy Richmond in her MSMT debut. Ed Romanoff, Lieutenant Shrank from the season-opener, “West Side Story,” portrays the desperate General Director Herman Preysing.Seventeen season MSMT veteran John Charles-Kelly will play the despondent Colonel Doctor Otternschlag. Marie Pressman takes on the role of Raffaela, confidante to the hotel’s colorful residents.

“Grand Hotel” is directed and choreographed by Andrew Glant-Linden, a two-time Carbonel Award winner who has helmed such MSMT productions as “Sweeney Todd” and “The Sound of Music.”

Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Maury Yeston, a member of MSMT’s advisory board, contributed additional music and lyrics to “Grand Hotel.”

The show will run from July 18 until Aug. 4. Tickets, ranging from $27 to $49, are available from the MSMT box office by calling 725-8769 and online at www.msmt.org.

Following “Grand Hotel” and keeping with the theme of cinema-to-stage transitions, MSMT will present “Hairspray,” the heartwarming musical based on John Waters’ 1988 film.

The theater will also host two special events this summer season: a cappella group Toxic Audio performing July 29th and 30th; and improv group The Next Big Broadway Musical taking the stage on Aug. 13.

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