“Grand Hotel”: Peter Schneider is a former Hollywood golden boy who helped put Disney on Broadway with such musicals as “The Lion King.” His work as director of this musical is plenty slick yet graciously unobtrusive. By subtly streamlining the story and gently coaxing forth its emotions, he has uncovered riches heretofore unsuspected in this transparent story and only intermittently infectious music. Jason Graae, Beth Malone and Robert J. Townsend are welcome guests in this show, which views a luxury hotel in 1928 Berlin as a microcosm of the world at large. For each character, time is running out.
Ends Sunday at the Colony Theatre, 555 N. 3rd St., Burbank. (818) 558-7000.