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CATS voted best musical



At the beginning of January, the eminent US entertainment industry magazine “BroadwayWorld” chose its favourite musicals of 2018/19. Vereinigte Bühnen Wien productions came first in eight out of 14 categories:

  • Best Musical: CATS/Ronacher
  • Best Musical in Concert: ELISABETH/Schloss Schönbrunn
  • Best Actor in a Musical: DREW SARICH/JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR/Raimund Theater 
  • Best Supporting Actor: STEPHEN MARTIN ALLAN/CATS/Ronacher
  • Best Choreography: CHRISSIE CARTWRIGHT/CATS/Ronacher
  • Best Set Design: JOHN NAPIER/ALAN WALKER/CATS/Ronacher
  • Best Lighting Design: MICHAEL GRUNDNER/ELISABETH/Schloss Schönbrunn
  • Best Revival: CATS/Ronacher

Theatre fans voted for their favourite productions from the period October 2018 to September 2019.

CATS, the international smash hit by Tim Rice und Andrew Lloyd Webber, opened the musical season at the VBW in September. From the moment advance bookings opened, ticket sales broke all previous records, and the sell-out show can currently be seen at the Ronacher every day except Mondays.

The first major concert performance of ELISABETH, a truly exceptional concert experience, took place in the famous historical ambience of Schönbrunn Palace forecourt on 5 and 6 July 2019, where it brought down the house.

The popular series of performances of the concert version of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with a full orchestra continued in April of last year and was another sell-out highlight in the VBW’s programme of musicals.

Last year, the VBW productions I AM FROM AUSTRIA, DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and BODYGUARD won awards in seven categories. This year the productions CATS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and ELISABETH won no less than eight awards.

VBW Artistic Director Ronacher & Raimund Theater Christian Struppeck: “I would like to thank our audiences for showing their appreciation for our musicals and to congratulate everyone on the teams behind our productions of CATS, ELISABETH and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, as well as the winners in the individual categories. It is your faith in our choice of musicals and loyalty towards our productions which makes this kind of national and international success for our musicals possible.”

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    Premiere: Friday, 20.09.2019

    Duration: ~ 2:40h

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    Miss Saigon

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    Premiere: Sunday, 23.01.2022 - 6:30 pm

    Duration: ~ 2:40h

    The global smash hit musical as the opening production at the newly renovated Raimund Theater. The moving love story of Kim, the Vietnamese girl, and Chris, the American GI, and their fateful encounter in Vietnam is brought to life in a lavish staging with haunting music, extravagant choreography, a striking set and breath-taking technical effects.  

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    In Concert

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    In Concert | Open Air in the grand forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace

    Premiere: Thursday, 30.06.2022

    Duration: ~ 2:30h

    The VBW’s internationally successful production ELISABETH, penned by the crack team of Michael Kunze & Sylvester Levay, will be performed from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July 2022 as an exceptional concert experience in the grand forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace.

    The famous historical setting provides a unique and dignified backdrop for the concert version of the musical, which tells the dramatic and moving story of the life, loves and tribulations of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. 

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    Premiere: Thursday, 22.09.2022 - 7:30 pm

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    Premiere: Saturday, 08.10.2022 - 7:30 pm

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