Wildhorn's Rudolf--The Last Kiss to Have European Premiere in May
The first world premiere will be Rudolf - The Last Kiss, with two productions in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. Over the last two weeks, producers of both productions have met in NYC for workshop and meetings.
Wildhorn and Murphy have been commissioned to write the musical based on Frederick Morton's book A Nervous Splendour. It will open in Budapest, Hungary on May 26 (at the Operett Theater) and move to the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien as an major production (7 shows a week) about a year later; Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde previously ran at the theatre for 2 years. The musical is the story of Crown Prince Rudolf (the son of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth), who though married to Stephanie, had an affair with the beautiful Mary Vetsera. The musical ends tragically as both he and Mary commit suicide. The events were "a big scandal early last century and there are still many rumors about what 'really' happened," according to press notes.
The table reading was held at the MTI offices in New York and the leads were played by Rob Evan (Rudolf), Brandi Burkhardt (Mary) and Michael Shawn Lewis (The Woman in White); the latter played the villainous Taafe. The meetings were held at the Chelsea Studios.
Wildhorn's Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War and Dracula: The Musical. A pop composer who has written many hits (such as Whitney Houston's chart-topper "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"), he has also penned songs for Linda Eder's various albums. Wildhorn also penned Camille Claudel, in which Eder starred.
For more information on Wildhorn, visit www.frankwildhorn.com.
Photo by Gordon Bovinet