I just found out that there'll be a (likely German but I'm not entirely sure) production of Love Story running at the Grenzlandtheater in Aachen, Germany from 15.12.16 to 8.2.17: grenzlandtheater.de/programm/love-story/
Might be interesting for our German and maybe Dutch members. Missed out on seeing it in London, so I just booked a ticket for early January.
I have no interest in this, as the Dutch tour of this bored me rigid, but I'm quite happy that our little Grenzlandtheater is showing a German premiere.
I've never seen it and like the score, so I that's an easy way to tick it off my list. I've already seen Madeleine Lauw as Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act (she was the one good thing in this) and quite liked her. According to her Wikipedia page, Emma Williams speaks German, so it'd be great had they gotten her back
And Aachen is the only German Starbucks mug missing in my collection, so at some time, I'd have to travel to Aachen anyway (cheating and buying mugs at other places (e.g. airports) doesn't count. I must have been there in person).
Since the Stadttheater in Aachen does the usual German Regietheater rubbish while the Grenzlandtheater shows a Mix of small musicals, comedies and decently staged plays, it's always and forever sold out.
I had spontaneously thought of seeing Hello Dolly last year because for some reason I have never seen it live, but there wasn't a chance in hell to get a ticket.
The Starbucks is on the Markt, btw, best location in town. And Aachen is worth a visit anyway. But then I'm relentlessly lokalpatriotisch about my home
Oh, it wasn't the actual production's fault, I think.
Like Michael I had missed it in London but enjoyed the cast recording quite a bit, so I was looking forward to see it live. But I found everyone just deeply unsympathetic, the "couple" so obviously ill-matched and unlikeable, I just didn't care for anyone and just wanted to be on my way home. I also wasn't keen on Celinde Schoenmakers in the role, she was the very cliche of a tall healthy blonde Dutch woman, not at all a frail dying flower
Seen it yesterday and I can't agree more more with viserys I'm afraid.
Everybody on stage was behaving like an unlikeable ass; Jenny, Phil, Oliver and his parents so that I didn't care for anyone. I was so happy when the overly long show (2h30min including an interval) was finally over. Maybe I should have left in the interval.
The seven piece band sounded good and I also enjoyed the score (which I knew from listening to the cast recording).
Everything looked very poor and there wasn't much of a set: An odd painting at the back of the stage, several wooden boxes that were used as piano, benches, tables etc., and two movable sets of metal stairs.
Also found the acting and singing to be on a very basic level - this seemed to be kindergarten compared to London's Fringe scene.
As I don't know the original show, I can't say anything about the translation, but it seemed to be done nicely and, apart from Jenny calling Oliver a "preppy" (which doesn't make any sense in German, no-one knows it's a derogatory term for someone who attended prep school, let alone what a preparatory school is), I didn't notice any odd things.
If you want blood, we'll give you some Straight from the heart till the job is done