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Rainhard Fendrich’s greatest hits are to be transformed into a musical: On September 16, 2017 I AM FROM AUSTRIA will celebrate its world premiere at the Raimund Theater in Vienna.

I AM FROM AUSTRIA is a big new musical full of wit, charm and romance, surprising twists and moving moments, packed into a story of love, friendship and family. Over 20 of Rainhard-Fendrich’s hits, including “Macho Macho”, “Haben Sie Wien schon bei Nacht geseh'n?”, “Es lebe der Sport”, “Blond”, “Strada del Sole”, “Tango Korrupti”, “Nix is Fix”, Weus'd a Herz hast wie a Bergwerk” and of course the title song “I Am From Austria” have been spun together by an original plot telling the story of an internationally successful Austrian film star who has made it to Hollywood but now returns to Vienna to attend the famous annual Opera Ball.

The VBW’s latest in-house production, with hit songs by Rainhard Fendrich, a magnificent set, thrilling choreography and sumptuous costumes, gives audiences a glimpse behind the scenes of a Viennese luxury hotel, where the arrival of a celebrity guest from Hollywood leads to all kinds of hijinks. But the story is also touching when it focuses on private moments away from the glare of the cameras. A traditional Viennese hotel, the fictitious Hotel Edler, becomes the temporary pivot of the world of the rich and famous. Chaos, kisses and catastrophes inevitably follow in this sassy, spirited musical full of romance, surprises and hilarious situation comedy. 

Leading Team

Cast Cast of I AM FROM AUSTRIA

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Fendrich goes Musical

Fendrich goes Musical

Er zählt zu den größten Legenden des Austropops und hat mit seinem Hit I AM FROM AUSTRIA die inoffizielle Hymne von Österreich geschrieben: Rainhard Fendrich. Nun erobern seine Hits die Musicalbühne.

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Probeneindruck

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Probeneindruck

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Andreas Gergen (Regie)

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Andreas Gergen (Regie)

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Michael Reed

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Michael Reed

Als Musikalischer Leiter von über 20 West-End-Musicals und Orchestrator und Musical Supervisior zahlreicher internationaler Musical-Produktionen zählt Michael Reed zu den weltbesten Arrangeuren.

Zudem war er Dirigent der legendären Uraufführung von Andrew Lloyd Webber’s DAS PHANTOM DER OPER sowie kürzlich von SUNSET BOULEVARD mit Glenn Close in London.

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Cast über Rainhard Fendrich

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Cast über Rainhard Fendrich

Für viele ist Rainhard Fendrich der Inbegriff des Austropops und seine Lieder ein Stück österreichische Kultur. Doch was verbindet eigentlich die Solisten der neuesten Musical-Eigenproduktion I AM FROM AUSTRIA mit Fendrich und seinen Hits?

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Iréna Flury

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Iréna Flury

I AM FROM AUSTRIA ist ein großes, neues Musical voller Witz, Charme und Romantik, überraschend und berührend, mit einer Story rund um Liebe, Freundschaft und Familie. Iréna Flury übernimmt in der Produktion die Rolle der „Emma Carter“.

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Lukas Perman

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Lukas Perman

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Elisabeth Engstler

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Elisabeth Engstler

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Andreas Steppan

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Andreas Steppan

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Dolores Schmidinger

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Dolores Schmidinger

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Martin Bermoser

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Martin Bermoser

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Matthias Trattner

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Matthias Trattner

Presentation: Actors and Leading Team

Presentation: Actors and Leading Team

Summary of the press conference on I AM FROM AUSTRIA. The musical with the hits of Rainhard Fendrich will premiere in the Raimund Theater in September 2017.

Rainhard Fendrich im Interview

Rainhard Fendrich im Interview

Rainhard Fendrich über seine ersten Eindrücke zum Musical “I AM FROM AUSTRIA”

Statements

“I AM FROM AUSTRIA takes Rainhard Fendrich’s songs, whose ironic, highly polished lyrics and strong, catchy tunes make them perfect for a musical, and links them together with an entertaining story full of surprises that presents Rainhard Fendrich’s songs in an entirely new light. It mattered a great deal to me that the world premiere of this brand-new musical with such a strong connection to Austria should be staged here in Vienna, so this a very special project for me. In a way, it is a homage to Austria.”
Christian Struppeck, VBW Artistic Director of Musicals

“Titus Hoffmann came to see me a few years ago with the idea of making a musical out of my songs. I am really delighted that this project is now being realized in partnership with the VBW. My interest in the VBW and in the musical genre in general goes back years. I have great faith in Christian Struppeck’s team and am excited to see the finished version of I AM FROM AUSTRIA at the Raimund Theater.”
Rainhard Fendrich

“Several years ago I had the pleasure of getting to know Rainhard Fendrich personally, and one day, as we were talking about ideas for new shows, I suggested writing a modern musical based on his songs, which are evergreens because of their memorable tunes and ingenious, witty, authentic and profound lyrics. Austria itself and Vienna would form the backdrop to the musical… I am delighted that the world premiere of I AM FROM AUSTRIA will take place at the Raimund Theater in September. The VBW, with their many years of experience in developing musicals, are ideal partners for a project like this.”
Titus Hoffmann

“From the word go, I found the idea of directing a musical in which Rainhard Fendrich’s songs play such a central role extremely exciting. The content of his songs is very powerful and they offer an excellent starting point for a director to work on in a project like this. The profound lyrics underscore the action and there are all sorts of interpretive possibilities in transferring them to the stage. After a number of workshops to get to grips with the project, I am looking forward to working with the whole team to get the show ready for the world premiere in Vienna in the autumn.”
Andreas Gergen

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