Watching CABARET in Berlin, near the original locations of Christopher Isherwood's Book 'I Am A Camera,' gives this Kander and Ebb classic even more dramatic weight than it could possibly have in a New York or London production.
At last night's Premiere of the revival of Director/Choreographer V... (more...)
Jonas Kaufmann is probably the most sought-after tenor on the planet today. His DOLCE VITA concert last night at Berlin's glorious outdoor Waldbuehne Amphitheater proved exactly why. Let's state the obvious. Mr. Kaufmann is a tall, very handsome man, who's in very good shape both vocally and phys... (more...)
The Singspiel, like the operetta, are precursors to the modern musical, where spoken dialogue is interspersed with musical numbers. IM WEIßEN RÖSSL (THE WHITE HORSE INN) boasts a simple love story and very good, memorable melodies from Ralph Benatzky, Robert Stolz, Robert Gilbert and Bruno Granisc... (more...)
Currently, the world of opera is sorely lacking superstar talent. Last night, at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, three of the world's brightest classical-music talents came together in a very expensive, glittering new production of Verdi's MACBETH. Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo and conductor Danie... (more...)
'Wop baba lu bap a wap bam boom!!' 47 years after its Broadway debut and 40 years after John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sang and danced their way into the world's collective consciousness, GREASE is still the word!
This touring production of GREASE, which has been on the road in German-speak... (more...)
A group of young performers (Donna Lee, Darell Hanes, Alexander Simoes, Carrie Getman, Udo Wiegand, and Sara McKee) work with 100% commitment, futilely trying to turn Ken Shakin's THE WANDERING, a musicalized re-imagining of James Joyce's 'Ulysses,' (factually a short Oratorio), into a fully-staged ... (more...)
Deutsche Oper Berlin's Verdi Festival 2018 took a very inauspicious turn with last night's woefully underrehearsed performance of LA TRAVIATA. Within the first 8 bars of the Prelude, I knew we were in trouble. Unfortunately, I was not mistaken.... (more...)
In the right hands, Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA can be one of the funniest pieces in the standard operatic repertoire. At the many productions of this work that I have seen, there were, at best, a few smiles. When comedy is not done right, it's a tough, often sloppy, slog. Last night at Ber... (more...)
WAHNSINN! dresses up the extremely commercial, completely interchangeable Wolfgang Petry songs with a clever set design, colorful costumes, interesting choreography and a couple of memorable performances. Enrico De Pieri as Peter (the nominal lead) in the show, almost single-handedly saves this ent... (more...)
If you let a Chimpanzee drive a speeding locomotive, you'd get a train wreck similar to DIE FLEDERMAUS at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Former operatic tenor Rolando Villazón is responsible for 'directing' this unmitigated disaster of a very expensive new production. Were I not on assignment to review FLEDE... (more...)
The British are Coming!!! If Sid Vicious and Bertold Brecht had a baby...and Tiny Tim was its Godfather, the result would be something like the British Cult Trio THE TIGER LILLIES. Plant your tongue firmly in your cheek and make your way to the Admiralspalast to catch THE TIGER LILLIES in Concert.... (more...)
Theater Erfurt's General Director, Guy Montavon was responsible for nearly turning THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, (Der fliegende Hollander) Richard Wagner's technicolor, romantic dream of an opera into a black, white and grey nightmare. The story of the Dutchman, Wagner's tragic 'pale Sailor' cursed by Satan... (more...)
At the Deutsche Oper Berlin on Saturday night, David Pountney, director of CAV/PAG saddled these beloved works with a concept so profound in its stupidity that it was often mind-blowing and jaw-dropping in its inanity. If there is a special club in Hell exclusively for bad stage directors, Mr. Pount... (more...)
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Edward Albee's lacerating diatribe on the power dynamics in a marriage is a dissonant fugue with many variations. Klaus Christian Schreiber, as George, dominates the Renaissance Theater's very commanding production with a magisterial performance that saves Virginia Wo... (more...)
If you want 'bang' for your entertainment buck, make a beeline to the Theater im Keller's Website and try to secure a ticket to BERLIN? WE! LOVE! YOU! As the show only performs on weekends and seating is very limited, I would advise you to plan ahead and take any ticket you can get, but get into tha... (more...)
Last night, at the Comic Opera of Berlin I was gobsmacked. Their production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF was hands down, the single best performance I have ever witnessed in my 24 years living and working in continental Europe. Nothing else I have ever seen, anywhere on continental Europe, even comes cl... (more...)
An "officially licensed" touring production with the blessing of both Dan Ackroyd and Judith Belushi (John's widow) The Blues Brothers is a highly-choreographed, very entertaining, commercial product that has no pretense of being artistic … and that is it's greatest asset. This is pure, escapist ent... (more...)
GHOST in Berlin's historic Theater des Westens, has almost every element needed to be a great evening of musical theater. The only thing missing in this musical is the music.
The set, video and lighting design (Hans Kudlich and Michael Grundner, respectively) are nothing short of spectacular. T... (more...)
Basierend auf Hape Kerkelings Filmsatire 'Kein Pardon' feierte das Musical aus der Feder von Achim Hagemann und Thomas Zaufke mit einem Buch von Thomas Hermanns im November 2011 seine Welturauffuhrung in Dusseldorf. Damals schlupfte Allround Talent Dirk Bach in die Rolle des hessischen Fernsehen Mod... (more...)
Schon Sondheim wusste, dass es die kleinen Dinge sind, die eine gut funktionierende Ehe und Partnerschaft geschmeidig und perfekt werden lassen. Die Hobbys, welche man gemeinsam verfolgt und die kleinen Dinge, die man teilt: sei es die Nachbarn zu argern, Konzerte zu geniessen oder 'children you des... (more...)
Disney ist erwachsen geworden! Nachdem „Der Glockner von Notre Dame' 1999 seine Welturauffuhrung in Berlin feierte, halt nun eine neue Inszenierung Einzug im majestatischen Theater des Westens. Hierbei handelt es sich um die La Jolla Playhouse Produktion aus San Diego von Scott Schwartz, Sohn des „G... (more...)