SUNSET BOULEVARD

German-speaking first-night performance, Rhein-Main-Theater in Niedernhausen. 
Uwe Kroeger as Joe Gillis. 
December 1995 till August 1997 - original cast.
© IUKC
 
SUNSET BOULEVARD
 
tells the story of the silent-movie star Norma Desmond and her desperate attempt to reconquer the canvas, after she was replaced by the sound-film.
She clings on to the relationship to the young but unsuccessful scriptwriter Joe Gillis.
 
Press commentaries:
 

Sonntags Rundblick Hamm / 1995-12-10

..... It was all ready on Friday: The most popular German Musicalstar Uwe Kroeger, born in Hamm, was to be seen in Germany’s first-night performance of the latest masterpiece "Sunset Boulevard" from Andrew Lloyd Webber in Niedernhausen near Wiesbaden. .....

..... Through Starlight Express in Bochum he became well-known; with the secret leading role as Death in the musical "Elisabeth" in Vienna, he sang and played himself into the hearts of innumerable fans. His sweeping voice and his acting presence in the role of GI Chris in Miss Saigon in Stuttgart convinced all, but with the male leading role in Sunset Boulevard he reaches his absolute highlight which hardly can be outbid in Germany. .....
 

Stuttgarter Zeitung / 1995-12-12

..... while the others protagonists – particularily vocal and acting were on a high, Uwe Kroeger (from the Stuttgarter Miss Saigon) as smart Joe Gillis – while all of them professionally play their roles, Helen Schneider lives the Desmond. .....
 

Süddeutsche Zeitung / 1995-12-11

..... Uwe Kroeger succeeds to turn ungrateful work in the role of the young lover into distinct stage prescence. .....
 

Lausitzer Rundschau / 1995-12-11

..... The stars of the show (the former Rocksinger Helen Schneider as Norma and Uwe Kroeger, since "Miss Saigon“ a celebrated German Musicalhero), enrapture the audience into scenic applause with difficult, not always catchy parts. However, the real highlight of the show is a marginal scene: the love duo of Joe and Normas rival Betty, not just melodically but also vocally. .....
 

Bild am Sonntag / 1995-12-10

..... She falls unhappily in love with the young scriptwriter Joe (excellently performed by Uwe Kroeger) - the affair ends tragically, when he picks up a younger one. .....
 

FAZ Frankfurt

..... Uwe Kroeger in the role of his life: Joe Gillis. .....
 

Allgemeine Kassel

..... Uwe Kroeger is capable of even more than he is allowed to show in "Sunset Boulevard". .....