Posts Tagged ‘Kurosch Abbasi’

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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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Press preview “Elisabeth” – Raimundtheater

September 25, 2012

Sorry it took a while, but finally here’s what I’ve written on the day of the press preview, including the pictures (I didn’t have time to edit them until now – a few of them are on my facebook-page, but in this blogpost you’ll find many more).

On August 31st 2012 four songs have been presented by the new Cast of the musical “Elisabeth”: “Sie passt nicht”, “Der letzte Tanz”, “Ich gehör’ nur mir”, “Milch”. It was a pleasure to see at least parts of one of my favorite musicals again! Though I had hoped for “Die Schatten werden länger” to finally hear Anton Zetterholm (he is playing “Rudolf”) sing again, as I really liked his voice in the Castingshow for the musical “Tarzan” I was actually watching because of Ina Trabesinger, as I’ve taken photos of her a few years ago (you can still find them on her website).

Back to “Elisabeth”: The staging/choreography seems to be the same, but as I’m only seeing part of what’s happening through my camera – the part on which I’m focussing – I can not guarantee this. 😉 But I THINK it’s the same, as well as the stage design, of course adapted to the Raimundtheater, as “Elisabeth” has been played at the Theater an der Wien before.

The costume design is very different to the shows at the Theater an der Wien 1992 and also 2003. Actually I liked the idea of the old costumes with that creeping pattern on every garment, dull colors – all a connection to death and decadence. That’s different now: The dresses are very colorful and bright, the style has been adapted too.

“Der Tod” is not wearing 90’s-Cowboy-boots, but chunky black boots and black leather clothes, the stone is missing and would probably be out of place anyway. The outfit is much more masculine, and what I especially noticed was the lack of make-up.

Although the outfit is really cool itself, I’m not sure if I like this main change in the character, because all the androgyny is lost now. Usually, when “Tod” appeared on stage, it was like magic, he was like a being from another world, now with losing all the make up and the masculine outfit “Tod” is still beautiful, but too humanized, the costume is too ordinary.  Of course the main story is the love between “Tod” and “Elisabeth”, but in my opinion death is not either male or female, especially as there is also a connection between “Tod” and “Kronprinz Rudolf” who is committing suicide. But I will have to watch the show completely (not only four scenes) to see if that change is working out anyway. “Totentänzer” are wearing black wigs now instead of blond ones – and they reminded me a lot of vampires!

After those four scenes we went upstairs and got ready to take pictures of the cast, some group shots and different combinations of the actors: Mark Seibert, Annemieke van Dam, Kurosch Abbasi, Franziskus Hartenstein, Anton Zetterholm, Daniela Ziegler, Carin Filipčić, Christian Hauser.

After those pictures were taken, interviews had to be given, and in between them I could get some extra portraits. 🙂

That’s the fun part, while the group shots are always kind of stressful, but I’m very happy that I got the chance to be there!

And here’s the slideshow – enjoy!

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