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an American living in Switzerland since 19 years now, I have had the
great pleasure to
both “Phantom Of The Opera” in Hamburg and now recently in
der Vampire" in Stuttgart, Germany. I was so impressed, that
I feel the distinct
to write a short report of our recent visit to TdV.
idea to travel to Stuttgart to see TdV was Jutta’s. I had
given notice at my job, and
finishing off the last few days there until July 12th.
Because Jutta knew that I had been totally frustrated with my job and
was so glad that it was all over, she asked me if I’d like
go to Stuttgart. I automatically answered YES, and said let’s go
right after I’m finished
my old job. Nothing better than a short break from my own four walls
at home to make
future look brighter. My new job starts on August 2nd.
I glad that I wanted to travel right away, because otherwise we would
if we had waited a week. We must have had a guardian angel whisper to
go immediately, as he flew off on vacation two days later!
was engulfed in rainy, cool, miserable weather upon our arrival. But
not to worry,
were just so glad to have the tickets in our hands!! After freshening
up at our hotel
meeting up with Bettina (who lives not far from Stuttgart), off we
went to the
My girlfriends already knew their way around the mall, but to me it
and I enjoyed the little shops in the arcade beneath the theater. We
had a bite to eat
a vampire bite) then headed for the theater entrance. The decorations
sent some chills down my spine. By the looks of it, and all the staff
dressed in blood red shirts and black capes, I began to think that it
all had a very
spooky effect. Most everything was colored in black or red; even the
the bar were all bloody looking!
souvenir shops were requested to return most of their merchandise, due
from Stella to Stage Holding, so not too many goodies were available.
a long look at the roster of the players for the afternoon
performance. Jutta was
ear to ear as the name Ian
stood opposite Count Krolock! Both
and Jutta gave me a short synopsis of this vampire story, and
confessed that all
would have to be absorbed from the show live.
we went to our seats…uh-oh, they were already taken!!
Two rather arrogant and beady-eyed men said adamantly that
those were their seats. A ticket control showed that
seats were given out twice (once by Stella; once by Stage Holding).
Off we went to
usherette, who put us in the same row, but on the left-hand side
instead of the right, so luckily we had no further problems.
as I was fiddling with my ear plugs, the music started with such a
loud crescendo that
Jutta and I jumped a foot from our seats!!
Quickly I got them in and settled back in
expectations. Well, we weren’t disappointed!!! From the very first
moment on, this unusually sinister musical pulled us into it’s
spell. The spoken and
sung diction was
in German and I was glued to the stage happenings. There was just so
at, to marvel at, to take in!!
Count Krolock stage right...wow, he truly looked like a vampire!!
immediately took command of our emotions. His every motion was so
flowing, so overwhelming, so convincing!!
showed such an unbelievable stage presence, but this
not strictly because of his tall height. He sinks into his character
the way a surgeon cuts
a body…with precision!! Every
swaying of his cape, every controlled turn, every
concentrated look into the eyes of his prey, every dramatically sung
word was so
graceful and charming that one yearns for more.
was anxious for the second act to start. Again, the music made me jump
as the second
commenced. Honestly I found the music terrific and notable to become
it was too loud!!
Without ear plugs I would have been suffering.
All the characters
their utmost and received roaring applause already during the show.
was fantastic!! I must mention the name of the dancer who most
Stéphane Le Breton danced with such incredible, synchronized,
movements, that I was wishing for more...
graveyard scene was especially good! The dancers showed such expertise
and I loved the terrific costumes they wore to the midnight ball!! The
music at this
is haunting, yet had a strong beat. The vampire dance was enthralling;
super!! What I also liked was the use of the theater aisles for the
brought them a bit closer and integrates them with us!!
gave his extra best solo rendition of “Die unstillbare Gier”
(never-ending hunger) which stimulated every last nerve
down my spine……brrrrr!! Bravo
Monsieur, sehr geistreich gesungen!!
surprise ending (which I
won’t divulge) made a final statement to the whole story,
left a haunting premonition that we would certainly be back again. I
the last segment of dancing, which made the whole audience want to get
dance too!! I don’t
usually jump up from my seat to give a standing ovation, but I
just soooo impressed that I stood up the very first moment when the
dancers came on stage for curtain call. I wanted to be sure to let
them know how great they did too!!
audience was standing and clapping and stomping!
I love the way Ian
takes a bow,
puts a hand to his heart!!
try not to compare performers in musicals. Many a Phantom won my heart
with a super performance. I have my favorites like everyone else. But
I would just like to add my own personal comparison in that Ian
did an outstanding job, and a more perfect one than Kevin Tarte. Oh
dear, Kevin’s fans will be hounding me….it is only my
personal opinion. But I
return to the TdV musical in Stuttgart and see what they both
have to offer a second
to you Ian
for a fantastic performance and making our weekend extra special. I
celebrate my birthday in September, and am now making plans to travel
to Stuttgart again
a present to myself !! All
the very best to you and enjoy your stay in Germany…hey,
your German is getting better and better !
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