The Glanzlichter der Revue at the Friedrichstadt Palast Berlin captures the glamour, elegance, and opulence of the old Hollywood musicals, and is the very theatre where Marlene Dietrich made her revue stage debut.
While I was in Berlin in March 2008, I went to see the Glanzlichter der Revue, which had me reminiscent of the Ziegfeld Follies meets the Cirque du Soleil, and brought back the days of the big movie productions where there was great style and elegance, as 100 singers, dancers, and artistes captivated the audience throughout the 2 hour and 30 minute production.
Imagine the largest stage in Europe (1,300 square meters) filled with handsome men in top hats and black tails tap dancing up, down, and across the illuminated steps of the stage; beautiful women performing synchronized dancing in gorgeous costumes that captured the look and feel of a 1946 Ziegfeld Follies movie; and exciting acrobatic acts that had the audience oohing and ahhing over each daring move.
The theatre was founded in the 1920s and has hosted such legendary artists as Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Uta Lemper to name but a few. With that type of history, it might seem like an intimidating place for an artist, and a hard act to follow, but headliner Sabine Hettlich, a former Paris Lido soloist, was more than ready as she sang Marlene Dietrich's "Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin" and Cole Porter's "C'est magnifique." She captured the audience's attention from her first number and was able to hold it until the last note was song, and the last dance was danced.
The revue took the audience on a musical trip to the 1920s to the days of the Berlin Cabaret, to New York and Broadway, and even to Paris, capturing the days of Josephine Baker, with exciting choreography by Danny Costello, Malk Damboldt, Craig Revel Horwood, Jan Linkens, and Nadège Manuta, and sensational costumes by Anja Diefenbach. Here you have to imagine feathers, furs, sequins, and lots and lots of bling-bling.
For fans of high kicking chorus lines, there was the world's longest chorus line of 32 girls, and the cancan dancers captured the spirit of Paris. A few of the non-dancing highlights of the show were the brothers Rai and Rudy Navas-Velez who thrilled the audience with daring acrobatics, and the six Russian artistes who performed an intricate choreography by rotating on an axis around what resembled a clock face. These young men literally flew through the air, caught an axis, and performed incredible gymnastics while all six of them were swinging to and fro. Although my heart was literally in my mouth during most of their performance, but I loved every minute of it.
If you are in the mood for a bit of romance, glamour, and high entertainment definitely consider spending an evening at the Friedrichstadt Palast, you may have the opportunity to see and hear the next Marlene Dietrich.
The Glanzlichter der Revue runs until June 29, 2008. Please visit the Friedrichstadt Palast Berlin website at: www.FriedrichstadtPalast.de for information on the Glanzrichter der Revue or for information on future shows.
Friedrichstadt Palast Berlin
10117 Berlin, Germany
Box Office: +49 30 2326 2326
Fax: +49 30 2326 2323
Read other articles on Germany in the Destinations, Hotels and Resorts, Spas, Restaurants, Chefs' Recipes, Performances, and Luxury Products sections.
For information on Berlin and Germany, please visit the websites, www.Berlin-Tourist-Information.com and www.ComeToGermany.com.
© June 2008. Luxury Experience. www.LuxuryExperience.com All rights reserved.