Lakewood Theatre Company presents a Portland premiere

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pictured are Matthew Hayward as the baron and Cherie Price as the ballerina.Lakewood Theatre Company continues its 60th season with the Tony Award-winning musical “Grand Hotel.”

Lakewood’s production of “Grand Hotel” is a Portland premiere and is directed by Bruce Blanchard with musical direction by Mont Chris Hubbard.

“Grand Hotel” opens Jan. 11 and runs through Feb. 17, with 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday through Saturday, Sundays at 7 p.m. and some Sunday 2 p.m. matinees.

Inspired by Vicki Baum’s period novel of the same name, “Grand Hotel” takes place in Berlin, Germany, in 1928. Although the stock market is booming in the rest of the world, Berlin is seething with the desperation of a wrecked economy and shattered spirit. There is a hint that things are not right in the country. The mood of the people teeters on the edge of a volcano that will soon be seduced by Hitler and erupt into World War II.

The center of the musical’s action is the illustrious Grand Hotel, through whose revolving doors pass a cavalcade of desperate, ambitious characters, all yearning for one last, glorious chance at a better future. There’s the fading but still beautiful prima ballerina (Cherie Price); the charming young Baron (Matthew Hayward), out of money, riding on his looks; the mortally ill bookkeeper (Ron Daum), determined to meet society before his grave; the ambitious Hollywood hopeful (Natalie Stringer); the scheming businessman (Darren Hurley); the honest, hardworking father-to-be (Alan Anderson); and the doctor (Scott Parker), whose cynical tone foreshadows the country’s future.

Others in the cast include Patricia Alvitez, Jami Chatalas Blanchard, David Mitchum Brown, Jennifer Davies, Adam Elliott Davis, Alexis Moore Eytinge, George Fosgate, Joan Freed, Ken Hermens, Rani Lightle, Wimberley Ann Marshall, Travis C. Patterson, Salim Sanchez, David Sargent, Peter Schuyler, Jeremy Southard, Aaron Spencer, Brandon B. Weaver and Nartan Woods.

The creative team includes Blanchard as director; Hubbard as musical director; Price as choreographer; John Gerth, scenic and lighting design; Jami Chatalas Blanchard, costumes; Dan Hallberg, sound design; Abe Reynold, production consultant; Kurt Herman, technical director; Michael DeMain, stage manager; Felix Kelsey, prop master; and Kay Vega, producer.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors; discounts are offered for students and groups.

Purchase online at or by calling the box office at 503-635-3901.

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