21 March 2016, Monday, 19:00
Musical comedy in two acts
Music by Ralph Benatzky
Author of the Play - Cornelius Baltus (Holland)
Based on the play "Axel an der Himmelstur" by Paul Morgen and Adolf Schtitz
Translated from the German - Tatyana Schwarzkopf
Russian text by Oleg Solod
Poems - Susanna Tsuruk and Alla Tarasova
Production director - Cornelius Baltus (Holland)
Production designer, costume - Kentaur (Hungary)
Author of orchestrations and arrangements, additional music and its lyrics - Adrian Werum (Germany)
Choreography - Dennis Callahan (USA)
Music director and conductor - Honoured Artist of Russia Andrey Alexeev
Lighting design - Chris Hirst (UK)
Sound engineer - Tomas Strebel (Switzerland)
Make-up & wigs - Ute May (Germany)
Assistant director - Honoured Artist of Russia Alla Semak
Assistant music director - Olga Safronova
Assistant choreographer - Andrey Karh
Opening night of the performance took place on 12th of September 2014
At the heart of "Hollywood diva" is unknown in Russia musical comedy by Austrian composer Ralph Benatzky "Axel at the gates of heaven", story which takes place in Hollywood in the early twentieth century. In the center of intrigue - Hollywood actress Gloria Mills and secular reporter Axel, who hopes for a promotion by using Gloria.
The world premiere of this comedy was held September 1, 1936 in Vienna, on the stage operetta Theatre an der Wien. For the main role of the film actress Gloria many stars of film and theater, including Greta Garbo, were invited. However, in the end, the role went to then still an unknown in Austria Swedish actress - beautiful Zarah Leander (1907 - 1981). The very next day she woke up famous. Role of Axel played German actor Max Hansen (1897 - 1961).
The play was a great success and was shown more than two hundred times. Almost immediately after the premiere Zarah Leander has got a lot of attractive offers from numerous studio. And ultimately in the history of art this actress came not as theatrical performer, but as a movie star. In 1937, with her participation on the screens released film, created based on the operetta Benatzky (Russian title "Towards new shores").
All-Russian premiere of the work of Benatzky took place at the St. Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy. It was adapted for the stage by Cornelius Baltus, the director of the famous musical "Dance of Vampires".
Cornelius Baltus: "I changed the name of the performance four times and today I finally see an updated play. It can be called a musical comedy, a little operetta, but almost musical, by the special energy inherent in this genre. Together with the production designer Kentaur we recreated the majestic atmosphere of Hollywood 30s . With Adrian Werum we made completely new orchestration and more vigorous scale version and added some new musical numbers..."
Characters and Performers:
The performance is recommended for viewers aged 12 and above