The Idea Behind SCHIKANEDER
Developing a Musical
SCHIKANEDER sound recording "Träum groß"
Developing a Musical
Winner of three Oscars, four Grammies and a Golden Globe
Composer and/or lyricist for hit musicals like GODSPELL, PIPPIN and the current Broadway smash, WICKED
Has written lyrics for various films including Disney’s ENCHANTED, POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (with Alan Menken) and DreamWorks’ THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (music & song lyrics)
Currently President of the prestigious Dramatists’ Guild. Has been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was recently honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“For some years now Christian Struppeck and I have been planning to bring a brand new drama to the stage. We found the perfect opportunity in the idea of creating a musical about the tempestuous relationship between Emanuel and Eleonore Schikaneder, and the way this contributed to the creation of a masterpiece, a piece of Austrian history that will premiere, appropriately enough, in Austria.”
Director of premiere productions of
CATS, LES MISÉRABLES, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, CHESS, ASPECTS OF LOVE and SUNSET BOULEVARD
Triple Tony Award winner in the category Best Director
Former Artistic Director of Great Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre
Has directed musicals, opera and straight drama as well as films. An acknowledged expert on Shakespeare, he is considered one of the world’s most versatile and successful directors
“Several years ago I had the privilege of working with Stephen Schwartz on the London production of his wonderful musical THE BAKER’S WIFE. For this reason, I find it as exciting for me personally to be directing a new Stephen Schwartz musical in Vienna as it is appropriate that that musical is set in Vienna. It is also a great pleasure to be in constant artistic dialogue with Christian Struppeck, so I’m sure you’ll understand why I am looking forward to the rehearsals so much.”
Previously Artistic Director and Head of the Creative Department of Stage Entertainment Deutschland.
Artistically responsible for over 30 major productions, including Mamma Mia!, Cats, Elisabeth, THE Phantom OF THE OperA, Wicked, and many others
Co-author and director of the Udo Jürgens Musical
ICH WAR NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK (NEVER IN NEW YORK). In collaboration with Andreas Gergen, has directed more than 40 musicals und operettas
Author of the hit musicals THE VISIT and DÄLLEBACH Kari
Has also written new versions of numerous operettas.
“Back-stage drama has always exerted a fascination and audiences love to peek behind the scenes. Nowadays Mozart and ‘The Magic Flute’ quite rightly occupy an almost ‘sacred’ pedestal. I was very taken by the idea of showing that even this pedestal rests on an all-too-human foundation, and when I found out that it involved such a uniquely witty yet moving love story, I found the subject matter irresistible. I mulled it over for a long time, but it wasn’t until top class artists like Stephen Schwartz and Trevor Nunn were so captivated by the story that they indicated their interest in working on it that the whole thing began to take shape for me.”
Orchestrator of legendary musicals like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind and The Beautiful Game
Other work includes: ABBACADABRA, Jeeves, Shogun the Musical (in New York), Children of Eden and The Baker’s Wife
Musician, arranger and conductor for stars like Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, Sheena Easton and Marilyn Horne, among others
Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Orchestration
(1988 for THE Phantom OF THE OPERA)
Nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards
Awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1999
Worked as theatre choreographer on outstanding musicals like
MAMMA MIA!, SISTER ACT, BOMBAY DREAMS, SONG & DANCE and WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, as well as new productions of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and Stephen Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS
Film work includes MAMMA MIA!, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, and the James Bond film NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
Tony and Olivier Award winner
Critically and popularly acclaimed designer
Honorary Member of the University of Arts, London since 2014
Has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Opera House, Opera North and the Royal Ballet, among others
Work includes: Assassins, Oliver! and King Lear (directed by Sam Mendes), My Fair Lady and OKLAHOMA! (directed by Trevor Nunn), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (directed by Adrian Noble (London Palladium)), Sweeney Todd and Gypsy (directed by Jonathan Kent)
Various nominations for Tony and Olivier Awards
2004 Olivier Award winner for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Has worked at: Glyndebourne Opera House, the English National Opera, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, the National Theatre, the English National Ballet, the Almeida Theatre and the Northern Ballet Theatre
Work includes opera, ballet, musical and straight theatre productions like MY NIGHT WITH REG (directed by Robert Hastie), FIDELIO, BETROTHAL IN A MONASTERY (directed by Martin Duncan), THE SNOW QUEEN (directed by Michael Corder for the Vienna National Ballet and the Czech National Ballet), TALKING HEADS (directed by Sarah Esdaile) and HAMLET (directed by Stephen Langridge)
Worked with SCHIKANEDER director Trevor Nunn on THE WARS OF ROSES trilogy at the Rose Theatre, Kingston
Alle Infos rund um das Musical
The Turbulent Love Story Behind The Magic Flute
Premiere: Friday, 30.09.2016 - 7:30 pm
Duration: 2 Stunden 55 Minuten (inkl. Pause)
“SCHIKANEDER – The turbulent love story behind The Magic Flute” is a romantic musical comedy about the actor, singer, director, writer and impresario Emanuel Schikaneder and his wife, Eleonore Schikaneder.
The most moving love story of our time
MISS SAIGON, Cameron Mackintosh’s global smash hit production, will be in Vienna for the first time from the autumn of 2020. VBW Artistic Director Christian Struppeck brings the famous musical by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg in the spectacular new version as the opening production at the newly renovated Raimund Theater from autumn 2020.
Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
The Vereinigte Bühnen Wien invited to the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. In honour of the 150th anniversary of relations between Austria and Japan, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs welcomed as guests the Japanese ambassador His Excellency Kiyoshi Koinuma and Austrian businesses with close ties to Japan.
Opening October 4th
I AM FROM AUSTRIA, the latest in-house production from the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien (VBW), premiered in Japan to huge applause at the Takarazuka Grand Theatre in Takarazuka/Osaka.
We talked to the original director, Sir Trevor Nunn, about the world premiere and the world wide success of CATS.
Tecklenburg Open Air Festival
THE VISIT – The Musical will premiere in Germany in Tecklenburg in July 2020. Based on the worldwide hit stage play of the same name, it was adapted as a musical in 2013 by the international author team of Moritz Schneider & Michael Reed (music)/Wolfgang Hofer (lyrics)/Christian Struppeck (book & creative development) for the Lake Thun Festival in Switzerland.
The world-famous show at the Ronacher from autumn 2019
The Vereinigten Bühnen Wien will present the world-famous show in a new version of the original production at the Ronacher from the autumn with its première in September 2019. Breathtaking dance, legendary costumes, a magical stage design, Grammy-awarded, electrifying music make CATS an unforgettable experience.