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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. 

Premiere am 16. September 2017 im Raimund Theater

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Premiere

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Premiere

Leading Team Creative development

Cast Cast of I AM FROM AUSTRIA

production photos impressions

I AM FROM AUSTRIA: Szenenfotos

Videos All Videos

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Premiere

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Premiere

Fendrich goes Musical

Fendrich goes Musical

 

I AM FROM AUSTRIA: Rehearsals

I AM FROM AUSTRIA: Rehearsals

Andreas Gergen

Andreas Gergen

Michael Reed

Michael Reed

 

The cast talks about Rainhard Fendrich

The cast talks about Rainhard Fendrich

 

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: Interview

Rainhard Fendrich: Interview

 

Iréna Flury

Iréna Flury

 

Lukas Perman

Lukas Perman

 

Elisabeth Engstler

Elisabeth Engstler

 

Andreas Steppan

Andreas Steppan

 

Dolores Schmidinger

Dolores Schmidinger

 

Martin Bermoser

Martin Bermoser

 

Matthias Trattner

Matthias Trattner

 

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Fabio Diso

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Fabio Diso

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Martin Berger

I AM FROM AUSTRIA - Martin Berger

Statements Christian Struppeck, Rainhard Fendrich, Titus Hoffmann & Andreas Gergen

“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

Press Reviews What the Press says about the show

„Eine Eins für das Bühnenbild, eine Eins für die Besetzung der Hauptrollen, eine Eins  für Regie und Choreographie“
Kleine Zeitung

„Jubel und Ausgelassenheit“
„lustvoll übertriebene Revue mit viel Lokalkolorit“
„Flotte Ensemblenummern (…) statten den Abend mit viel Tanz, viel Glitzer und viel Tempo aus.“
„… mit viel Tempo, genug Selbstironie und einer kräftigen Portion Schlagobers…“
APA

„mit viel Ironie von Hit zu Hit“
Salzburger Nachrichten

„Jubel, Bravogeschrei , eine stehende Ovation der begeisterten Fangemeinde im Raimund Theater!“
(„Bezaubernd Dolly Schmidinger“)
Kronen Zeitung

„temperamentvoll und perfekt“
„eine Hymne auf Wien“
„Gergen spielt seine Force aus, er sorgt für Temperament, Tempo und perfekten Ablauf.“
„I Am From Austria“ amüsiert“
Die Presse

“Die Choreografien von Kim Duddy sind schmissig und ideenreich”
Wiener Zeitung

„Regisseur Andreas Gergen ließ sich viel einfallen, wechselte große vertanzte Massenszenen mit intimen Kammerspiel-Momenten ab, alles in schnellem Tempo“
„Absolut klasse war das Bühnenbild“
Passauer Neue Presse

„Großartig sind die Leistungen des Tanzensembles (Choreografie Kim Duddy)“
Oberösterreichische Nachrichten

„mit bombastischem Sound (Arrangements: Michael Reed), in opulenter Choreografie (Kim Duddy)
Österreich

„I Am From Austria“ (…) feierte (…) mit großem Applaus belohnte Uraufführung“
DPA

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