On 24 November 2018, a new stage play, provisionally titled “My Silent Night”, is set to debut at the Felsenreitschule theatre in Salzburg. And theatre aficionados can barely contain their excitement: Although the exact subject matter and the title are not yet definite, the new play is expected to bring a little bit of Broadway magic to Austria. Following the success of the acclaimed musical “The Sound of Music”, which had its Salzburg premiere in 2011, “Silent Night Story” could very well become the next global success.
A stage play with Hollywood glamour
A top-notch team from the USA has been signed up for the production of the play: The music will be composed by film composer John Debney, who made the soundtracks for large Hollywood productions like “Ice Age” and “Sin City” as well as “The Jungle Book” more recently. Debney has already received three Emmy Awards throughout his career and was even nominated for an Oscar for his work on “The Passion of the Christ” in 2015. The stage play was written by author, director and musician Hannah Friedman. The lyrics are from Michael Weiner, Alan Zachary and Siedah Garrett, who closely worked with Michael Jackson in former times and wrote the lyrics for one of his biggest hits „Man in the Mirror“. Andreas Gergen, responsible for successful productions like “The Sound of Music” or “Monty Python’s Spamalot”, will bring the play onto the stage of the Felsenreitschule theatre.
In the tradition of “The Sound of Music”
The new play is part of the “musical play” genre: This incarnation of the American musical theatre tradition originates in the 1920s and is marked by a serious plot set against a historical backdrop with references to local occurrences. The story, singing, dancing and music are all interconnected: “The Sound of Music”, based on the true story of the Trapp Family from Salzburg, is a prime example of the genre. The contributors to the production include the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, a large ensemble of soloists led by musical star Milica Jovanovic and the choir and ballet ensemble of the Salzburg State Theatre. The male leading role will be performed by Dominik Hees. Further actors are Bettina Mönch, Pavel Fieber, Sascha Oskar Weis and Marco Dott.
What’s “Silent Night Story” about?
The musical play “My Silent Night” describes the days leading up to Christmas from the individual perspectives of its eight protagonists. As we get closer to the holidays, their fates become increasingly intertwined and so a random group of people form on a cold Christmas Eve in Salzburg a new kind of family. The song “Silent Night” brings people together and also closer than they were before.
Dates and Tickets
The play will premiere in the spectacular setting of Salzburg’s Felsenreitschule on Saturday, 24 November 2018. Tickets are available on the official website of the Salzburg State Theatre.
Language: Performance in German, English surtitles
Sat 24/11/2018 7:00 p.m. world-premiere
Thu 29/11/2018 8:00 p.m.
Sat 01/12/2018 7:00 p.m.
Tue 04/12/2018 8:00 p.m.
Thu 06/12/2018 8:00 p.m.
Fri 07/12/2018 8:00 p.m.
Sun 09/12/2018 3:00 p.m.
Wed 12/12/2018 8:00 p.m.
Thu 13/12/2018 8:00 p.m.
Sat 15/12/2018 7:00 p.m.
Sun 16/12/2018 3:00 p.m.
Tue 18/12/2018 8:00 p.m.
Tickets and further information:
Salzburg State Theatre
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