In the early decades of the 20th Century, some aspects of American life were particularly rough for Jewish people. One of these was that lodging was often unavailable for Jews on vacation or just trying to get away for a weekend, due to discrimination. In 1919, the Grossinger family had a struggling farm in the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County, New York. They started to take in boarders to make ends meet and thus began a transformation of the Grossinger property from a farm into a hotel and resort.
In the new musical "Saturday Night at Grossinger's," it's still the resort's glory days. Patrons are waiting for a big Saturday night show set to include Judy Garland, Alan King, and Red Buttons. But, their bus is stuck in a snowdrift. There's a packed audience waiting. What to do? The Grossinger family and staff will entertain the patrons by putting on a show. After all, the Grossingers are the first family of hospitality.
The show was conceived by Rita Lakin and the late Doris Silverton. The musical's book is by Stephen Cole. Music was composed by the late Claibe Richardson., with lyrics by Cole and the late Ronny Graham. Susan Morgenstern directs, with choreography by Devra Korwin. Presented by Theatre West.