The Grand Tour

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  4w, 5m, 20any gender (adult)

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

Based on S.N. Behrman’s play Jacobowsky and the Colonel, this tuneful Jerry Herman musical features a clever Jewish refugee, a bombastic Polish Colonel and a charming French woman as they try to evade the Nazis in occupied France.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 5m, 20any gender (adult)
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


In France, 1940, an unlikely pair team up to evade the approaching Nazis. Little Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, has been one step ahead of the Nazis for years. Stjerbinsky is an aristocratic, anti-Semitic Polish colonel who’s trying to get to England. Jacobowsky has a car but can’t drive; the colonel can. And so begins their adventurous journey – set against a backdrop of lively and lovely songs and dances – that takes them to a carnival, a Jewish wedding and, when the car breaks down, onto a train. Accompanying them is Marianne, the colonel’s girlfriend with whom Jacobowsky falls in love. But it is not to be.
The Grand Tour premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on 11 January 1979. Directed by Gerald Freedman, the production featured Joel Grey, Ron Holgate and Florence Lacey.
J.L. JACOBOWSKY – He is a “small man” wearing a well-cut suit, bought in happier days, which has managed to retain an air of elegance even though it is somewhat shiny. He has a neat bow tie, a neat voice, and everything about him has the crisp edge of tidiness. You feel that in the lives he has been forced to migrate from everything was in good order: that his extra shoes had a good polish; his correspondence was caught up; his desk clear and that when people crossed the threshold of his house to come to dinner they felt a glow of benevolence and the quickened anticipation of a happy evening. His cheerfulness is an emanation from a harried past: He knows that the worst will probably happen, so that your only chance to improve the immediate present. This he is constantly trying to do in every small relation of life. He likes people and he wants them, if it is at all possible, to like him.
COLONEL TADEUSZ BOLESLAV STJERBINSKY – He is magnificent in his uniform... tall, commanding, aristocratic, electric with vitality, euphoric with a sense of his own immemorial authority in the scheme of things.
SZABUNIEWICZ – The Colonel’s orderly, Polish, open-faced, sunny-natured comedian. He is totally devoted to the Colonel.
MARIANNE – A very lovely and vivacious Frenchwoman in her late twenties. Decidedly a woman and not a girl.
CAPTAIN MEULLER – S.S. Captain. Suave, sharp and menacing.
MME. BOUFFIER – Warm, late fifties, owner of a second-class Paris hotel and friend to Jacobowsky.
MME. MANZONI – Middle-aged owner of a small traveling circus. Flamboyant. Generous. Brave.
MOTHER MADELEINE – Humorous, somewhat frazzled, a member of the French resistance.
MAN WITH A FLOWER IN HIS LAPEL – English, clipped, a very capable undercover agent.


ENSEMBLE of extras, singers and dancers

Plus extras, singers and dancers

  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Setting
    Between Paris and the Atlantic Coast of France. June, 1940.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Gun Shots
    • Mild Adult Themes


“Endearing, amusing and poignantly humane.” – TIME

“A splendid evening with tuneful lyrics.” – New York Post

“A first-class Broadway musical.” – WABC-TV


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Music Samples

Act I

“I’ll Be Here Tomorrow” – Jacobowsky
“For Poland” – The Colonel, Mme. Bouffier and Parisians
“I Belong Here” – Marianne
“Marianne” – The Colonel
“We're Almost There” – Marianne, Szabuniewicz, Jacobowsky, The Colonal, Elegant Woman, Conductor and Passengers
“Marianne (Reprise)” – Jacobowsky
“More and More/Less and Less” – Marianne and The Colonel
“One Extraordinary Thing”– Jacobowsky, Marianne, The Colonel, Szabuniewicz and the Carnival Manzoni
“One Extraordinary Thing (Reprise)” – Jacobowsky

Act II

“Mrs. S.L. Jacobowsky” – Jacobowsky
“Wedding Conversation” – Jacobowsky and Bride’s Father
“Mazel Tov” – Bride’s Father and Wedding Guests
“I Think, I Think” – The Colonel
“For Poland (Reprise)” – Marianne, Mother Madeleine and Sisters of Charity
“You I Like” – The Colonel and Jacobowsky
“I Belong Here (Reprise)” – Marianne
“I’ll Be Here Tomorrow (Reprise)” – Jacobowsky

20 Piano-Conductor

1 Reed 1 (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet)
1 Reed 2 (Oboe, English Horn, Tenor Saxophone)
1 Reed 3 (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
1 Reed 4 (Flute, Bassoon, Clarinet)
2 Horns 1&2
2 Trumpets 1&2
1 Trombone
2 Percussion 1&2
1 Harp
1 Mandolin/Banjo
1 Accordion
3 Violins ABC
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsEasy
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Large

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20 Piano-Conductor

1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Reed 4
2 Horns 1&2
2 Trumpets 1&2
1 Trombone
2 Percussion 1&2
1 Harp
1 Mandolin/Banjo
1 Accordion
3 Violins ABC
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
20 Piano-Conductor


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Michael Stewart

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Mark Bramble

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