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Zorro!

May 11, 2017


Last Monday I had the pleasure to follow an invitation for a short presentation about the musical “Zorro”, a musical based on the music of the “Gypsy Kings”. The show will be played this summer at Musicalsommer Winzendorf between June 22nd and July 22nd, 2017.

After a short introduction of the main characters and the ensemble by general manager Marika Lichter, some words by the producers Benedikt Karasek and Jerôme Berg three songs were presented:

1) “Baila Me” – Kurosch Abbasi (“Zorro”)
2) “Djobi Djoba” – Franziska Kemna (“Luisa”), Ana Milva Gomes (“Inez”)
3) “Bamboleo” – Ana Milva Gomes (“Inez”)


Christoph Apfelbeck unfortunately was ill that day, he will be playing “Ramon”, Martin Berger (“Sergeant Garcia”) as well as Christian Peter Hauser (“Alejandro de la Vega”) are engaged for main characters in the show.

The Ensemble:
Romina Bachlechner, Rahel Fuhrimann, Julia Hübner, Lisa Radl, Sophie Schüssler, Bianca Stocker, Sarah Zippusch, Kilian Berger, Paul Csitkovits, Florian Klein, Martin Enenkel, Rico Salathe.

Musical director: Lior Kretzer
Jam Music Lab Orchestra
Director: Andreas Gergen
Choreography: Sabine Arthold

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Musicalfest 2016

September 24, 2016

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I decided to make a short blogpost for all the people who could not be at the Raimundtheater in Vienna today, and also for those who want to look at some pictures of today’s “MUSICALFEST”. 😉

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Like in previous years there has been a built a big stage on the street right next to the Raimundtheater and the show programme was shown three times. This year’s singers were Ana Milva Gomes, Marjan Shaki, Drew Sarich and Oedo Kuipers.

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The Songs:
“Einladung zum Ball” (Tanz der Vampire) – Drew Sarich,  “Wenn ich tanzen will” (Elisabeth) – Ana and Oedo, “Gold von den Sternen” (Mozart) – Ana, “Wie wird man seinen Schatten los” (Mozart) – Oedo, “High flying adored” (Evita) – Marjan and Drew, “Don’t cry for me, Argentinia” (Evita) – Marjan.

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Of course there was also a lot to see inside the theatre – three songs of the new musical “Schikaneder” have been performed by the original cast – Premiere will be next Friday, Sept. 30th at the Raimundtheater. Tickets are available here. As I’m going to watch the full show next week, I decided I’d better wait until then. 😉

If you want to look at more photos or have some prints, please go to my website => shop – there you can find more. And here’s also the usual slide show of some of the available photos!

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“EVITA” – Press conference

December 7, 2015

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“EVITA” – Press conference

The next big musical at the Ronacher will be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “EVITA” (Premiere: March 9th, 2016), so I went to the theatre last Wednesday for taking some photos at the press conference. The names of the three main characters have been published before already, so no big surprise (but still a pleasure!) that Drew Sarich, Thomas Borchert and Katharine Mehrling were there.

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Christian Struppeck introduced and interviewed them, as well as musical director Koen Schoots. They all had to say interesting things about their leading parts, Andrew Lloyd Webber and about Vienna.

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Director and Choreographer Vincent Paterson, who also directed the movie with Madonna, sent a video which we all watched together:

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After the interviews some group photos were taken and more, more and more interviews were given. Fortunately I caught Drew between two interviews to get at least two photos of him alone, so here’s the one I really like a lot:

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Thomas was very busy as well, nevertheless I got two more photos of him too, though I like this one better – very serious, but also works with his military character in the upcoming show.

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Unfortunately it wasn’t possible for me to wait any longer for “Evita” Katharine Mehrling, as she has been kidnapped by some other photographers and not been brought back during the time I could spend there… well,  probably there will be more possibilities for photos at the press rehearsal, in case I can be there – I’m already looking forward! 🙂 And I’m also looking forward to see on stage again: Nina Weiß, Ariane Swoboda, Susanne ten Harmsen and Ronnie Wagner – which I already photographed (months/years ago); and also Jeannine Wacker, who played in one of my favorite shows: “Spring Awakening”. Another show I miss a lot and hope it will return one day… But first have a look at the slideshow below! 😉

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“Der Besuch der alten Dame”, Cast presentation

December 8, 2013

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Sorry it took so long, but finally here are some more photos than those I already posted on my facebook-page directly after the  cast presentation!

Christian Struppeck introduced the cast of the musical “Der Besuch der alten Dame”, premiere will be on February 17th, 2014 at the Ronacher. If you still need to get some Christmas presents – buy tickets HERE. 😉

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Christian Struppeck, Uwe Kröger

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Christian Struppeck, Pia Douwes

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Jeroen Phaff, Christian Struppeck, Dean Welterlen, Peter Kratochvil

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Lisa Habermann, Christian Struppeck, Riccardo Greco

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Marianne Curn, Christian Struppeck, Niklas Abel

Then Pia Douwes and Uwe Kröger – they are playing the main characters in this musical – presented three songs: Two solo songs and one duet (don’t ask me for the names, too much time has passed since then already…! Sorry.)

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I’m especially looking forward to the stage design in this show, as Peter Davison is working again for the VBW – I absolutely loved his work for “Rebecca”, the most gorgeous stage design I’ve seen so far.

After the presentation we could take some group-photos and interviews were given, as usual.

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As you’ve probably heard everything about the cast of the show everywhere else in between anyway, I just post my pictures here. 😉 Enjoy!

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“Der Hofnarr”, Asparn – and soon at the Wiener Metropol

September 8, 2013

I’ve always wanted to be a dresser in a musical, as I just loooove costumes! And theatre. Somehow photography got into my way and I chose to do theatre photography and portrait actors for a living. Nevertheless I’ve made my dream come true when I worked as a dresser in a musical called “Laura”; some years later I met Richard Panzenböck (a funny and very talented person in all kind of things) who was looking for someone to help at “KidsTV”, that led to another phantastic job – working in the artist’s dressing room at the musical “Charleys Tante” at the “Wiener Metropol” (my name is even in the official programme! *chuckle*) And as expected – I loved it!! Washing, ironing, repairing and putting the costumes in place, taking care that every actor is back on stage in time with every part of the costume, being there if someone needs help during a quick costume change, sometimes there are only a few seconds which means standing right next to the stage. Exciting!!

So I just couldn’t resist agreeing to work, when additional help for the last two shows was needed in Asparn this summer. During one show my lovely colleague explained everything to me, the next evening I tried to do most of the tasks myself under Claudias supervision, and I worked on my own for the last two shows. Exciting!!! Again!! :-) I just love that job! Thanks to the supercool team, I’ve had such a great time there!

Now more about the show! I worked at the “Filmhof Wein4tel”, this year they showed “Der Hofnarr”, a new musical (Music: Christian Deix) directed by Viktoria Schubert, based on an obviously very famous movie with Danny Kaye I still haven’t seen, but must be very funny. For those who haven’t watched the show in Asparn – there’s good news! “Der Hofnarr” will be played again in February, April and May at the “Wiener Metropol”, premiere is on February 11th, 2014. Tickets can be booked HERE.

The Cast: Alexander Jagsch, Miriam Mayr, Wolfgang Klivana, Pia Strauss, Christof Messner, Doris Hindinger, Georg Leskovich, Christian Deix, Otto Jaus, Olivier Lendl, Thomas Dapoz, Horst von Rothmar, Anna Schober.

The costumes (by Inge Stolterfoht) and make-up/hair (Karo Hatzl, Katharina Martini) is awesome and actors are perfectly casted! As I’m still a photographer (haha, if you  give me a job as a dresser you might get professional pictures along with it ;-) ) I totally couldn’t resist and talked to actor Georg Leskovich who had one of the most extraordinary costumes, so we decided that I should take my camera and a transportable flashlight (Speedlight), tripod and a small softbox with me, in case there’s some time left during the break.

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Well, I had to do some urgent repairing, opening/closing some costumes as usually, but one can do a lot during a 20-minutes-break! :-) Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to take photos of everyone and the same kind of light doesn’t always work out with everyone, but there was simply not enough time for fine-tuning, I just want you to know that  the kind of lightsource I took with me was actually planned for Georg’s photos and worked amazing with his pictures and the background.

IMG_7674bAlexander Jagsch: “Hubert Hawkings”

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IMG_7657bThomas Dapoz: “Ritter”

IMG_7679bMiriam Mayr, Alexander Jagsch, Pia Strauss “Prinzessin Gwendolyn”

IMG_7656Wolfgang Klivana “König Roderick I.”

Thanks to everyone who gave me the chance for a few pictures and permission to publish them! And now – enjoy the slideshow below with some more photos! :-)

By the way, the Cast will be the same next year at the “Wiener Metropol”, so you can already look forward to watch these wonderful people on stage (I’m looking forward too, as I couldn’t watch the show so far)!

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“Natürlich blond” (= Legally Blonde), part II

February 13, 2013

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Part II? Because there has also been a blogpost about the Cast Presentation, if you want to read about it, please click here. 😉

Although I absolutely don’t have time right now (BUT I’m offering some portrait shoot-dates in March!!! Please go to my website for more information, dates can be found in the booking calendar), I decided to follow the invitation and have a look at the new production of the “Vereinigte Bühnen Wien” at the Ronacher: “Natürlich blond”.

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The previews have become even more entertaining now since Sissi Gruber (and Christian Struppeck) are giving additional information about the show. What we have learnt today:  Studying in Harvard costs 30.000 Dollars per year. That the dogs have their own room backstage (and they are defending it!!!) at the Ronacher, that “Brutus” is a female dog (in this case), and that the dogs don’t care about the language (even though they have worked in London before) but more about the music and how the actors behave. And that the Ensemble/dog-“cuddling hour” each day during rehearsals was very popular, more than enjoying an hour of exhausting jump-rope-training which was scheduled for the same time for the other one of two groups. 🙂
Understandable – in case you like dogs.

Those who already know the show and are wondering how the song “Gay and European” is called now – it’s “Schwul und französisch”. 😉

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The Cast presented four songs: “Was du willst”, “Blut in den Kiemen”, “So viel besser” and “Natürlich Blond Remix”. Actually I have to say that I liked “So viel besser”.

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The show seems to be fast-paced, a lot of dancing, which could be a good thing for me as the music is not the best I’ve ever heard, but it doesn’t seem to be so important if someone (like me) is distracted enough by the fast movements, the colours, the costumes, the light, and the stage design (which I liked a lot, btw). There’s always a lot going on, at least in those four songs that were presented today. Of course the ensemble is doing an awesome job, still I can’t really say much about someone in particular as I’m focussing on catching scenes I haven’t seen before (or for the first time some minutes ago), finding out what’s going on (and where exactly the focus should be on), where’s the best light, finding the right exposure VERY fast due to changing light and moving dancers. So you will have to watch the show and form an opinion about “Natürlich Blond” yourself. Oh, and it was such a pleasure to see Jurriaan Bles on stage again too! Long time since “Joseph”! 🙂 I love to watch people enjoying their job that much! If you want to have detailed information about the cast, please have a look at my theaterarchiv-blog. 

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After the four songs (including a funny Irish Dance-scene with a very muscular “UPS-Guy” and Ana Milva Gomes with awesome hair, btw 🙂 ) have been presented, we were taking group photos in different combinations, and interviews were given.

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At that time I also could to talk a bit to Linda Geider, as my first Legally-Blonde-blogpost was a lot about her. 😉 Still a funny, very likable person! 🙂 Why she needs a wig, if her natural hair looks the same? The surprising answer: Because it’s faster when everything has to be changed during the show. Probably the same reason why Barbara Obermeier needs to wear a wig although her hair has been dyed to blonde before…

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IMG_4716Main Characters of “Natürlich Blond”:
Sanne Mieloo, Linda Geider, Hendrik Schall, Jörg Neubauer, Barbara Obermeier, Ana Milva Gomes, Alexander Goebel

Unexpectedly I also got the chance to exchange a few words with Fritz Schmid (a “Blondin”, as we also have learnt today, a word formerly used for blonde men) who was a successful singer/actor and extended his job/changed to working as the evening director at the Ronacher. I’m always curious how people who (probably) loved their jobs are dealing with changing to another profession, as I’m also studying now to become a pharmacist. I wish I had asked that too. It must be much harder to be close to a job you’ve liked a lot before, than being completely away like I am planning to.

Well, enough of the talking, here are some pictures! If you want to watch “Natürlich blond” – premiere is on February 21st, 2013, you can get your tickets here.

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Legally Blonde Cast Presentation

November 15, 2012

November 15th, 2012, “Legally Blonde” Cast Presentation.

Actually, I don’t really like the music I’ve heard of this show so far, nevertheless I wanted to know  who’s playing and take some new pictures although I don’t have lots of time at the moment. Still I have to say it was quite nice! First of all because actor Christopher Ryan was there too (of course 😉 ). As I’ve photographed him last year and he’s a really nice guy, we talked for a while. Lisa Antoni, a singer I like a lot, was also there, as well as Mark Seibert, I think I saw Sonja Atlas on the balcony and Christian Peter Hauser in the distance, but I’m not sure about those two. Of course Barbara Obermeier’s agent, Doris Fuhrmann was there and also Michael Staringer from Diabelli Management.

Christian Struppeck introduced the Cast with short interviews, at least the main characters, after the two songs he also told us the names of some of the dancers, unfortunately the names are not on the papers we got.

By the way – some time ago I started to build a new Website, or rather blog, called “theaterarchiv” where you can find information about shows, and in extension also pages of actors/singers/dancers, but my focus is on the shows. I think I “already” typed in about 35 shows – not a lot, but still a beginning. The beginning of a… well…project of a century?! I already posted the link on my facebook-page a while ago, HERE’s the direct way to “Legally Blonde” if you want detailled information about the roles, but here’s a short list of the names: Barbara Obermeier, Jörg Neubauer, Ana Milva Gomes, Hendrik Schall, Linda Geider, Sanne Mieloo, Daniel Rakasz, Birgit Wanka, Sidonie Smith, Anja Haeseli, Anna Carina Buchegger, Anouk Roolker, Gabriela Ryffel

Ok, back to the cast presentation. Today’s star was definitely Linda Geider for me. I knew her name and face, but never met her or heard her sing. Her interview was quite funny, as Christian Struppeck asked Linda if she has already practiced a lot to jump rope, as this is part of her role as fitness queen, her answer was very funny or perhaps kind of desperate (?!) that she HAS to. 🙂 Ok, it was funnier to listen to the conversation, but Linda seems to be a very funny person in general, I also noticed this later when the TV-interviews started on the stage. Always joking, laughing, smiling – very likable. Another funny thing during the interview was the presentation of THE ROPE. Yes. 🙂 A very special one, which makes enough noise on the stage, and must hurt a lot if you hit your legs with it, as it is made out of smaller (plastic?)pieces. Linda presented it in a way usually stewardesses inform about safety instructions, matching Christian Struppeck’s description.  But what made her a star today? Jumping rope with high heels – respect! As I can’t even walk with shoes like these I always admire dancers who can jump and dance and run with those shoes, but the show today during Linda’s interview topped all I’ve seen so far. 🙂

After the presentation the cast showed us two songs with choreography: “Oh my god” (“Oh mein Gott”) und “So much better” (“Soviel besser”) – thanks, Anna for this additional information! Of course also the rest of the cast did a very good job, especially after only one day (?) of rehearsal. The actor on this picture (Elle’s boyfriend) is a walk in cover: Jörn Felix Alt (thanks Elisabeth for this information!) and of course Barbara Obermeier as “Elle”. Later then we could take a group photo of the cast and then TV/radio interviews started on the stage, where I also took some photos of the actors.

Here’s the slideshow – enjoy! 😉

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