Germany Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Deutsche Oper Berlin - A woefully underrehearsed performance with a runaway orchestra BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Deutsche Oper Berlin - A woefully underrehearsed performance with a runaway orchestra
by Mark Janicello - May 20, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN BWW Review: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN
by Mark Janicello - May 17, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: WAHNSINN! THE WOLFGANG PETRY MUSICAL at Theater Am Potsdamer Platz - A commercial product created to please the masses. BWW Review: WAHNSINN! THE WOLFGANG PETRY MUSICAL at Theater Am Potsdamer Platz - A commercial product created to please the masses.
by Mark Janicello - May 11, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS at Deutsche Oper Berlin - An ABC Production (an Amateurish, Boring Catastrophe) directed by former operatic tenor, Rolando Villazón BWW Review: DIE FLEDERMAUS at Deutsche Oper Berlin - An ABC Production (an Amateurish, Boring Catastrophe) directed by former operatic tenor, Rolando Villazón
by Mark Janicello - May 02, 2018

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...)
BWW Preview: THE TIGER LILLIES at Admiralspalast - The British Cult Trio on European Tour bring their comedic stylings to Berlin BWW Preview: THE TIGER LILLIES at Admiralspalast - The British Cult Trio on European Tour bring their comedic stylings to Berlin
by Mark Janicello - April 29, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at Theater Erfurt - This DUTCHMAN finally takes flight on the wings of Kelly God's magnificently sung Senta BWW Review: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at Theater Erfurt - This DUTCHMAN finally takes flight on the wings of Kelly God's magnificently sung Senta
by Mark Janicello - April 16, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: CAV/PAG at Deutsche Oper Berlin BWW Review: CAV/PAG at Deutsche Oper Berlin
by Mark Janicello - April 02, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Renaissance Theater - A  magisterial Klaus Christian Schreiber as George saves this WOOLF from devouring itself. BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Renaissance Theater - A magisterial Klaus Christian Schreiber as George saves this WOOLF from devouring itself.
by Mark Janicello - March 22, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: BERLIN? WE! LOVE! YOU! at Theater im Keller (The Basement Theater) - The Little Theater That Could! BWW Review: BERLIN? WE! LOVE! YOU! at Theater im Keller (The Basement Theater) - The Little Theater That Could!
by Mark Janicello - March 18, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at The Comic Opera Of Berlin - Hands down, the very best production I've ever seen in Europe. BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at The Comic Opera Of Berlin - Hands down, the very best production I've ever seen in Europe.
by Mark Janicello - March 04, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: THE BLUES BROTHERS at Admiralspalast - 'They work hard for their money!' BWW Review: THE BLUES BROTHERS at Admiralspalast - 'They work hard for their money!'
by Mark Janicello - March 02, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: GHOST at Theater Des Westens, Berlin - GHOST scares up a star-making performance from former German 'Idol' Alexander Klaws BWW Review: GHOST at Theater Des Westens, Berlin - GHOST scares up a star-making performance from former German 'Idol' Alexander Klaws
by Mark Janicello - March 01, 2018

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...)
BWW Review: KEIN PARDON, Leipzig BWW Review: KEIN PARDON, Leipzig
by Marcel Konrath - May 08, 2017

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...)
BWW Review: TITEL DER SHOW BWW Review: TITEL DER SHOW
by Marcel Konrath - May 07, 2017

Total originell, amüsant und bedingungslos empfehlenswert ist dieses Musical von Jeff Bowen und Hunter Bell. Eine Review von Marcel Konrath... (more...)
BWW Review: SYMPHONIACS Live im Admiralspalast Berlin BWW Review: SYMPHONIACS Live im Admiralspalast Berlin
by Marcel Konrath - May 07, 2017

Live auf der Buhne des Berliner Admiralpalastes: SYMPHONIACS Eine Review von Marcel Konrath... (more...)
BWW Review: DIE BRUECKEN AM FLUSS BWW Review: DIE BRUECKEN AM FLUSS
by Marcel Konrath - May 01, 2017

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...)
BWW Review: Disney's DER GLOECKNER VON NOTRE DAME BWW Review: Disney's DER GLOECKNER VON NOTRE DAME
by Marcel Konrath - April 26, 2017

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...)