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Why is he doing this to himself, the theatre man Fred Graham? His bitchy ex-wife Lilli Vanessi, of all people, is to play the leading role alongside him in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew". And she often looks red. The macho, in his own and Shakespeare's way, on and behind the stage, has a lot to tame. After all, feelings play along until the request "Kiss me Kate" is answered with tender closeness instead of defensive boxing gloves.
A gold-framed stage on stage
The gold-framed stage on the stage stands for the play within the play, director Hardy Rudolz and stage designer Jörg Brombacher have skilfully solved this on the improved natural platform. The reconstruction will take place without breaks. Revue show interludes of the sporty musical ensemble upgrade the transitions to the bouncing spectacle. The choreography (Vanni Viscusi) gives the Broadway classic a good tempo and a healthy portion of sex appeal. A great dance troupe acts in completely different roles (and costumes: Martina Feldmann), often garishly, sometimes acrobatically, always perfectly coordinated.
Under threat of armed force at the desk
In front of the stage, but right in the middle of the action, conductor Romely Pfund, even under threat of force of arms, admittedly does not have to keep track of dark, but rather shrill crooks. Later confronted with lewdness as well, she maintains composure: with temperamental charisma and precise drawing she motivates the Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck KaPhil! to a musically broadly positioned sound - jazzy, soulful, in waltz time and big band sound.
A lot of drive on the open-air stage
The music provides the necessary drive on stage, where, thanks to Rudolz's musical routine, an exquisite ensemble acts in a classical reading. First and foremost, of course, Lilli alias Katharina and Fred alias Petruchio: Patricia Hodell and Peter Bording drive the togetherness and antagonism with played and lived passion to the top: blows and love. Their voices shine in all registers, they are flexible in their ups and downs. This applies no less to the second pair of the evening Lois/Bianca and Bill/Lucentio, Lina Gerlitz and Daniel Johnson. As a comedic duo, the two crooks Andreas Zaron and Thomas Schirano win sympathy with Holsteiner slang and classically derived wordplay. Gudrun Schade as Hattie, Martin Sommerlatte as Harry/Harrison, Maximilian Zumstein as Gremio, Arvid Johansson as Hortensio and Alexander Ruttig as Ralph make further strong contributions to the lively mistakes and confusions on stage and make the whole story an action-packed round thing with noticeable joy of playing.
"Premiere fever" only in the best sense of the word
Yes, catchy tunes such as "Schlag nach bei Shakespeare" (Shakespeare's "Hit after") are at times more likely to become ... The "premiere fever", on the other hand, can only be felt in the best sense. Despite pretty hard bandages, this contrasty and lively musical is always in a good mood. With its well-dosed catchy tunes and the latently stirring exchange of blows, cleverly enriched by current and regional punch lines, Cole Portes classic has the potential to become a summer hit on Eutin's open-air stage - it was probably guessed at the festival and "Kiss me, Kate" was scheduled 15 times next to Verdi's "Masked Ball" until 24 August.
Colourful entertainment, great emotions - this is the enormous emotional range promised by director Tobias Materna for the production of the musical "A Cage Full of Fools" at the Eutin Festival.
The Korean baritone Hyunkyum Kim won the Eutin Festival prize of honour. Hilary Griffiths, Artistic Director Classical Music at the Festival, congratulated the 28-year-old singer on this success in the finale of the Maritim Music Prize.