The Deutsches Theater München presents a production by Festspielhaus Neuschwanstein
Saturday: 3.30pm and 8pm
Theatre classic as a musical
Who doesn’t know the story of Brander Kaspar, based on the tale by Franz von Kobell? Several stage versions and film adaptations have been dedicated to this Bavarian national hero, who is now being sung about in a completely new form. Composer Christian Auer, together with author and librettist Karl-Heinz Hummel, has reworked the material and created a wonderful musical from it. In November it celebrated its premiere in a production specially tailored to our Silbersaal by director Benjamin Sahler.
Reaching into the world of Bavarian legend
The story of how the moonshiner and gunsmith Kaspar Brandner succeeds in intoxicating the “Boandlkramer” with cherry brandy and wresting eighteen more years of life from Death at cards is part of the Bavarian identity. But Auer and Hummel have not simply packaged the whole thing in wonderful songs. A committed reach into the world of Bavarian legends brings the story to life in a whole new way.
The love of the Bavarian homeland
In heaven, many things are in a state of upheaval and almost drive Peter, the porter, to despair. Now even the reliable Boandlkramer is being taken for a ride. The Brandner triumphs over the years he has gained – but will it end well? Fortunately, with the help of the Rockadirl, the Wetterhex and the Trud, the Boandlkramer manages to make the Brandner clearly feel the limits of his age. So the Boandlkramer is finally able to persuade him to at least take a trial look at paradise. Will he stay? That remains to be seen … But one thing is certain: this Brandner Kaspar is a deeply comedic musical with wonderful catchy songs and full of love for the Bavarian homeland.
Characters and their actors
Brandner Kaspar: Armin Stockerer
Boandlkramer: Tanja Maria Froidl
Portner/Pastor: Michael A. Grimm, Hans-Jürgen Stockerl
Ambra/Witch Rockadirl/Angel Roswitha: Judith Peres
Weather Witch/Angel Stefania: Caro Hetényi
Trud/Angel Gertrud: Julia Taschler
Franz/Angel Adalbertus: Johann Anzenberger
Director: Benjamin Sahler
Composition/Musical Direction: Christian Auer
Book/Lyrics: Karl-Heinz Hummel
Choreography: Stefanie Gröning