ELISABETH

World premiere in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. 
Uwe Kroeger in the role of "Death". 
September 1992 till October 1994 - original cast - and December 1996 till January 1997.
© IUKC
© IUKC
 
ELISABETH

Empress Elisabeth of Austria as a stage figure experiences "a love story with Death" in this musical. Her constant fight in an image collage of the Habsburg world for protection and development shows her personality and liberty.
 
Press commentaries:
 

VARIETY New York / 1993-02-21

..... Played brilliantly by Uwe Kroeger, Death commands the stage and radiates a vibrant combination of enigmatic threat and erotic energy. .....
 

The Japan Times, Tokyo

..... Death's prancing performance brought the most Viennese toe tapping. Even the critics liked him best. .....
 

Neue Musik Zeitung / September 1992

..... Uwe Kroeger proved himself to be a long lasting and impressive musical personality in the role of Death. Drifting intonation-sure on a narrow burr between U and E music, with a sure stylistic sense for the intentional interpretation for one of the voices, which appear to be predestined for the new forms of musical. 
Also wonderful homogeneity shown in his duet with Andreas Bieber as crown prince Rudolph. .....
 

Heilbronner Stimme / 1992-09-05

..... Michael Kunze conjured a figure up on the stage through the personification of „Death“, who’s the real starling of the evening. 

Uwe Kroeger was brilliant as the demanding lover of the empress - once in white, once in black Glitter satin suit wanders like a ghost through the scenes and attracts his victims and audience. 

Theatrical gestures in contrast with rigid facial expressions, the versatile voice - regardless of whether in quiet or highest excitement - always obtained it’s effect. 
The Death is always the emperor of "Elisabeth". One can particularly remember his impressive duet with crown prince Rudolph (Andreas Bieber): "The shadows become longer" has definite charts qualities and might not remain as a catchy tune in just in the ears of musical visitors. .....
 

Österreichische Musikzeitschrift / October 1992

..... Her partner is less the emperor Franz Joseph (Viktor Gernot, who succeeds to bring out the maximum out of this passively conceived figure) but rather the „Death“, the most easily remembered figure of the show: a young man with a long mane who wons Elisabeth's love, who repeatedly crosses pathes with her and at long last wins her over for himself. Uwe Kroeger, impressive in appearance and voice, won over the audience from  his first step on stage . .....
 

Profil / 1992-09-07

..... The Death takes Sissi, with whom he had danced with and is in love with her downfall, into his arms. The Death, Uwe Kroeger, the androgyner type with blowy blonde hair. He turns out to be most interesting figure of the evening - not only as singer. He is a narcissist, a hero of postmodernism. Behind his beautiful appearance, emptiness lies waiting - and for him there’s no future. .....
 

Malcolm Rutherford / announcement unknown / September 1992

..... Dominant, however, is "The Phantom of the Opera", from which the figure of Death seems to be partly drawn. Played by Uwe Kroeger with flowing blonde hair, this is a striking if melodramatic performance: rather like the whole show - corny, but effective. .....
 

Krone / 1992-09-04

..... the most convincing main actor is Death, effectively commanded by Uwe Kroeger! Everyone wilts in his embrace - crown prince Rudolf, the empress, the monarchy. He plays all of them his song of Death! .....
 

Hartel F. Sinhuber / announcement unknown / September 1992

..... Kunzes dramatic strategy determines the Death as Elisabeths real partner, a beautiful, fair-haired juvenile (Uwe Kroeger), a relentless lover of evil, tender and then again cold, who freezes all liking to ice.
He accompanies Elisabeth through the stations of her life, sings „the last dance belongs  to me“ at her wedding and later becomes the unhappy crown prince Rudolf, who later kills himself in Mayerling, kissed to death. 
His six angels of death are ubiquitously just like himself, pages and lackeys of the court, who are ordained for downfall . .....
 

Die Welt / 1992-09-05

..... The Death acts better than any of them: The pale blonde Uwe Kroeger from Hamm in Westphalia. .....
 

Nürnberger Zeitung / 1992-09-05

..... From the main actors the Dutchwoman did a good job, but the Death, played by the young Uwe Kroeger, remains in every aspect to be the winner. .....
 

Rheinische Post / 1992-09-05

..... the permanent companion of the empress, impressive Uwe Kroeger is not to be diminished .....
 

Klaus Grubo / announcement unknown / September 1992

..... The main actors - most of them musically proven - are of international origin,  however they form a homogeneous ensemble. First place for Uwe Kroeger from Hamm in Westphalia as the fair-haired seductive Death. .....