General Director Guy Montavon and his team present the new program for the 2023/24 season "Uferlos". From a fisherman who makes his living from the cool water, to a captain wandering the seas, a sinking ship and emerging mermaids, to a treasure snatched from the Rhine, the element of water is a unifying element in almost all of the musical theater works in the new season.
The sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage in April 1912 is still a symbol of the catastrophic consequences of gigantomania and unrestricted faith in technology. The magnificently equipped ocean liner had previously appeared to many as a "ship of dreams": Its builders saw the Titanic as a marvel of state-of-the-art technology, the largest and safest passenger ship in the world. On board, emigrants in third class dreamed of starting a new, better life in America. Second-class travelers hoped to catch some of the glamour of the rich and famous. And those same first-class passengers were preoccupied with their own worries and expectations ...
The musical by Maury Yeston and Peter Stone, which premiered on Broadway in 1997, does not tell a fictional love story - unlike James Cameron's feature film, which was released in cinemas shortly afterwards - but the true stories and fates of the crew members and passengers. The authors address human failure, the negligent and later cowardly or apathetic behavior of those responsible - but also the caring and selfless self-sacrifice of some for others.
The musical, which has won five Tony Awards, impresses with its impressive choral and ensemble numbers, touching ballads, lively dance numbers and large orchestral music. - So don't panic on the Titanic: goosebump moments are not out of the question!
Premiere December 2, 2023
Further performances: December 10, 16, 26 and 31, 2023, January 5, 14 and 21 and February 7, 2024