Christian Ranke

Christian Ranke

Christian Ranke has translated several musicals into Norwegian including THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, EVITA and recently RAGTIME. In this production he also portrayed the role of Tateh, for which he was nominated for a Regional BroadwayWorld Award.

Other roles include the bishop of Digne/Grantaire (and understudying Javert) in LES MISÉRABLES, Michael in the Scandinavian premiere of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, Gordon/the Man/ensemble in RENT, the title role in SHREK! THE MUSICAL and Professor Callahn in LEGALLY BLONDE.




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BWW Review: OPTIMIST at Chateau Neuf - Jumps for Joy, but Struggles a Bit to Find Its FootingBWW Review: OPTIMIST at Chateau Neuf - Jumps for Joy, but Struggles a Bit to Find Its Footing
Posted: Sep. 25, 2019


BWW Review: IDYLL at Lillestrøm Kultursenter - Idyllic Performances Makes the ShowBWW Review: IDYLL at Lillestrøm Kultursenter - Idyllic Performances Makes the Show
Posted: Sep. 27, 2019


BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Folketeateret - Beautifully Presented ShowBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Folketeateret - Beautifully Presented Show
Posted: Sep. 11, 2019


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BWW Review: SCROOGE - A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Lillestrøm KutursenterBWW Review: SCROOGE - A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Lillestrøm Kutursenter
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018


BWW Interview: When Dreams Come True! 23 Year Old Graduate Had a Dream She Joined The PHANTOM ensemble. Six Months Later She is playing Christine DaaeBWW Interview: When Dreams Come True! 23 Year Old Graduate Had a Dream She Joined The PHANTOM ensemble. Six Months Later She is playing Christine Daae
Posted: Oct. 30, 2018


BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Sarpsborg SceneBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Sarpsborg Scene
Posted: Mar. 4, 2019


BWW Review: DAVID BOWIE'S LAZARUS at Det Norske Teatret - Transfixing Moments of Pure Bowie!BWW Review: DAVID BOWIE'S LAZARUS at Det Norske Teatret - Transfixing Moments of Pure Bowie!
Posted: May. 11, 2019


Interview: Set designer Andrew Riley on reimagining PHANTOM OF THE OPERAInterview: Set designer Andrew Riley on reimagining PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Posted: Nov. 8, 2018


BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Ullensaker Kulturhus - The second coming...almostBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Ullensaker Kulturhus - The second coming...almost
Posted: May. 13, 2019


BWW Previews: Norwegian Play CRYING HANDS About The Deaf During Holocaust Will Tour US And Canada In MarchBWW Previews: Norwegian Play CRYING HANDS About The Deaf During Holocaust Will Tour US And Canada In March
Posted: Feb. 21, 2019


BWW Review: IDYLL at Lillestrøm Kultursenter - Idyllic Performances Makes the Show
September 27, 2019

This Musical has a superb cast, performing along an bumpy libretto. As with all Jukebox-musicals the story has been written around pre-existing songs. The authors have done a good job in incorporating a narrative that takes a lot of characters and situations from Postgirobygget's music. The band's music lends itself well to be performed in a theatrical setting, and while it is always good to have strong songs that stands on their own two feet, they can also become an obstacle when trying to conform a good flow in the story.

BWW Review: OPTIMIST at Chateau Neuf - Jumps for Joy, but Struggles a Bit to Find Its Footing
September 25, 2019

On September 27th lengendary songwriter and performer, Jahn Teigen, will turn Seventy. To international readers he may be best known for his contributions to Eurovision song contest, and his role as the executioner in the West End musical a?oeWhich Witch,a?? that is still a hot topic among the musical theater community. But the true power of Jahn Teigen's legacy lays in his songs, which is a huge part of Norwegian culture. They have formed a common bond that, in spite of social background or upbringing, has stood the test of time.

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Folketeateret - Beautifully Presented Show
September 11, 2019

Scenekvelder have created a masterful production of 'The Sound of Music' first and foremost thanks to a skillful direction by Lars Jacobsen. He has taken a source material which despite the noticeable weakness of its quaintly old-fashioned book, comes across stronger and more modern than I have seen in past productions.

BWW Review: BORN THIS WAY at Color Line Fantasy - Wonderfully Vibrant Fantasy At Sea
September 4, 2019

The show radiates of creativity and enjoyment. With a highly talented international cast pf performers, good use of front projection and an eclectic song-list that also includes some lesser beautiful lesser known songs in the mix.

BWW Review: DOGFIGHT at Riksscenen, Oslo - Outstanding Musical With Tender And Heartfelt Performances
August 26, 2019

DOGFIGHT is a marvelous show. This intimate, carefully written musical had its Scandinavian Premiere on Monday night at Riksscenen in Oslo. It shows what musical theatre really can be in its truest form. You don't need huge scenery and big effects. It all depends on great material, strong performers and an inventive creative team. And this is indeed masterfully performed by a very strong ensemble.

BWW Previews: DOGFIGHT at Riksscenen, Oslo
August 6, 2019

It has been a long journey for director Renate Stridh in bringing this musical to Norway. On August 26 she will finally present the Scandinavian premiere of Dogfight at Riksscnenen in Oslo. BroadwayWorld caught up with her recently, and had a talk about the production.

BWW Interview: Johan Osuldsen - The Face Of Cultural Versatility
July 5, 2019

It is very difficult to tag Johan Osuldsen under one banner. He started out as a dancer and performer, spanning over several decades. Later he became known as a choreographer and director and subsequently directed for television. He is also a composer as well as translator of several musicals (including Stephen Sondheim's 'Company', 'Into the Woods' and Jason Robert Brown's 'The Last Five Years).

BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Ullensaker Kulturhus - The second coming...almost
May 13, 2019

This is my second review of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in two months, and while the prior was a staged production, this new one at Ullensaker Kulturhus, is a straight up concert. In my opinion it has always worked better as a concert. The Lord agrees with me - Lord Lloyd Webber, that is.

BWW Review: DAVID BOWIE'S LAZARUS at Det Norske Teatret - Transfixing Moments of Pure Bowie!
May 11, 2019

It is not easy to interpret what the deeper hidden meaning behind 'Lazarus.' On one hand it feels very much like a theatrical extravaganza, a piece that unfolds in dream logic composed of a series of tableaux of life's many questions, like existentiality, sex, love and death. While other may, understandably, view it as overly pretentious and, minus Bowie's music, not easily accessible.

BWW Review: (WO)MAN UP 4 at Det Norske Teatret - Hilarious and Moving!
May 7, 2019

Members of the male ensemble of the Norwegian production of THE BOOK OF MORMON has entertained the audiences at Bikuben on three ocations previously, taking inspiration from the Broadway tradition of performing show tunes meant for the opposite sex. While their final round of gender swapping ballistics was not as 'tight' as their last show in November, they yet again demonstrated that a great act does not need to be on the main stage to be captivating.

Scandinavian Premiere Of DOGFIGHT Will Open in August
April 24, 2019

DOGFIGHT will open in Oslo in August. The 2012 musical, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with a book by Peter Duchan is finally getting its Scandinavian premiere.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Koppang Kulturhus - Next to Outstanding!
April 18, 2019

231 productions presented NEXT TO NORMAL last month at Koppang, Norway. Considering the fact most performers on that stage had next to no (!) experience doing musicals and this was their debut, I was floored. And what a debut it was. Great performances from everyone on stage, wonderful (full) orchestra and inventive direction!

BWW Review: YOUNG AT HEART at Wallmans
April 5, 2019

The "blueprint" still works! Wallmans Oslo delivers entertainment in a big way, with a whopping stage show, big voices, tightly performed choreography, lavishing costumes and a huge amount of entertainment.

BWW Interview: BroadwayWorld Award Winner - Charlotte Brænna
March 7, 2019

Charlotte Braenna played Lucille Frank in the Scandinavian Premiere production of Jason Robert Brown's PARADE, just out of school. She has since starred in many musicals such as Kathy Selden in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Mother in BILLY ELLIOT and MARY POPPINS at Folketeatret. Recently she played Sandy in GREASE at Chateau Neuf. Currently she is playing Meg Giry in the premiere production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Hvordan du kjøper billetter til et Broadway show
March 4, 2019

Alle guide-boker forteller deg at hvis du planlegger en tur til New York City, bor det a se et Broadway-forestilling sta pa toppen av prioriteringslisten ... og de har rett. The Big Apple tilbyr en rekke museer, restauranter og steder a besoke, og likevel kan ingen av dem sammenlignes med den magien du finner Broadway. Hvis du har planer om a se et Broadway-forestilling pa din storbyferie (og det burde du ha), dette er din steg-for-steg veiledning om hvordan du far billetter til det showet som passer best for deg.

BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Sarpsborg Scene
March 4, 2019

Musically Jesus Christ Superstar at Sarpsborg scene is a joy to witness. It works in all aspects with the performers, choir and musicians. Directorially it is more of a hit and miss, with both captivating sequences while others got a little lost in the huge crowd on stage.

BWW Previews: Norwegian Play CRYING HANDS About The Deaf During Holocaust Will Tour US And Canada In March
February 21, 2019

What happened to the deaf and the disabled both before and during World War II? What atrocities and unimaginable acts of evil were committed? This is an extensive topic, and unknown to most people. Over the years, Teater Manu has acquired a large archive of documentary material, and has interviewed Holocaust survivors. Teater Manu also gather inspirations from the Holocaust Museums in Jerusalem, Oslo and Berlin. It will tour the US and CANADA March 7. - 24.

BWW Feature: THE BOOK OF MORMON Guys Are Gender-Reversing in Broadway Backwards-style
February 5, 2019

an homage to the likes of Broadway Backwards and Miscast, appropriately named (Wo)Man up. It has been such a big success they have already done it three incarnations at various dates. The show last November was packed to the rafters, so I would advice Det Norske Teatret to maybe consider doing the fourth outing on the main stage. I know at least I would have loved the final outing to go out with a bang!

JERSEY BOYS to open in Norway In 2020
February 3, 2019

The Broadway Mega-hit will open in Norway 2020 at Chateau Neuf. The musical has played on and off Broadway since 2006 and is still going strong.No cast are announced yet. It will be directed by Tore Sergei Myklebust and Choreographed by Kirsty McDonald. Hans Einar Apelland will serve as Musical Director.

BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Chateau Neuf
February 3, 2019

The creative team has delivered a beautiful, inventive and masterful version of the classic 'The Wizard of Oz'. Visually it is pleasantly different to what we are used to, but it is very audibly familiar.



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