Musicals In Foreign-Language Countries
Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:24 PM
I am from Germany - so first of all I wanna apologize for my English, but I do not practise very often... So please be generous about mistakes. ;0)
I am really interested if you also follows in musical develpoment in foreign-language countries or maybe travelling to other countries to see these shows.
So have you heard or maybe seen Elisabeth, the musical about the Austrian empress (must successful German-language musical) or about Tanz der Vampire, a show based on Polanskis movie The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Do you know, that in Hamburg, Germany, in December a production of "Rocky - The musical" (about the boxer) is going to have its world premieren?
Well, I am really interested if and what you will reply - and I have to say thanks for your posts!
Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:01 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:34 AM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:39 PM
If we get a new show it's usually one that just doesn't excite me at all like Ich war noch niemals in New York (which has now joined the touring circle as well) and the upcoming Rocky musical.
I will only go and see a show over here now when someone I know is in the cast. That's what made me go and watch Kein Pardon and although I didn't hate it it was rather average compared to the quality of shows I have seen in the UK. There are fringe shows in London that are better than the big productions in Germany these days. I feel the quality of shows in Germany has decreased over the years which is a shame (the ticket prices on the other hand seem to know no limit - I would never think of paying 150 Euros for 1 ticket to see a musical).
So yes, I am travelling to another country to see shows but in my case that country is the UK.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:00 PM
Elisabeth and Tanz der Vampire (Vampirok Balja) are both excellent. I've also seen very good productions of Phantom and Les Mis (although maybe not as grand as the originals).
The theatre scene (with shows playing in rep) is very different there - and it's quite possible to see the same actors in several different roles in just a week. For example, the outstanding Geza Egyhazi (who would be a leading man in any major theatre city in my opinion) played Jean Valjean, Danilo in The Merry Widow, and Count von Krolock (Vampirok Balja) in the space of 6 days over Christmas!
For actors there, they rarely if ever have the strain of 8 shows a week, but the other challenge of the auditioning, learning and rehearsing multiple shows at once.
Despite these challenges (and the fact most shows are multiple cast, so have little rehearsal time), & the smaller production budgets, there are still some great shows. (And in most theatres, top price tickets are well under £20!)
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