THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA


  

  Colosseum Theater Essen
  May - July 2006

  Uwe Kroeger as "Phantom"


 


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Paris in 1881: The mysterious phantom lives a weird and lonely existence in the catacombs below the Parisian opera. Dreaded by humans, the powerful, mystical creature hides his disfigured face behind a mask. The phantom falls in love with the ballet dancer Christine who becomes the celebrated star in the Parisian Opera through him. His devotion brings him out from his hiding-place, in a relationship, which the young woman forces to a fateful decision ...
 

Press commentaries: 

Musical Cocktail / Juni 2006

....Uwe Kroeger played the role of the phantom impressively! He was brilliant with the permanent changes between strengths and weakness which the phantom shows again and again. The audience saw many facets of the phantom: dominant, imperious, passionate, male on the one hand e.g. at the first meeting with Christine in her wardrobe, on the way over the lake and finally in its hiding-place. On the other hand Uwe Kroeger shows a desperate, disheartend, torn and unhappy phantom, which is unbelievably suffering as Christine tears the mask off him or when she leaves him because of Raoul.

In every situation Uwe Kroeger shows an unbelievable stage presence and convinces with great emotionality! Perhaps some gestures work a little too theatrically, but match the topic. Regarding to his acting Uwe Kroeger offered a brilliante performance!

....prior to his premier, there were sceptics who doubted that the role of the phantom is suitable for Uwe Kroeger. But with this performance Uwe Kroeger has disabused them. He is a worthy phantom! The audience applauded enthusiastically for several minutes and gave him standing ovations.

In Essen Uwe Kroeger confirmed his reputation as Germany's musical star number 1. Performance and glamour were perfect at this evening! ...



blickpunkt musical / June 06


... with a completely different voice colouring, not like you are used from Uwe Kroeger, he already showed at the beginning how multifarious his voice is. Particularly in the deeper passages his such prominent voice profile was almost not recognizable. Kroeger benefits in this role from his unique charisma and stage presence, he dominates the stage, but also submits to the play.
 
He gives the phantom his quite personal note, both vocally and dramaticly with his interpretation and takes the audience on an odyssey of emotions. Through his great gestures and facial expression he shows the audience the pains of this torn personality with every fibre of his body. In the last scene he plays the transition between rage, passion and endlessly sadness so intensive, that the emotions reach as far as the last row ...


NRW RP online / 15.05.06


….it was already clear before that Uwe Kroeger might be equal to this role vocally, otherwise he would not have been engaged to synchronize this part for the film. But there he was bound in which way the actor has laid out the role. In Essen, we now experience a modern phantom on the stage of the Colosseum. Uwe Kroeger does not let arise any doubt that it is a real person between genius and insanity and not a fantasy in the heads of superstitious theatre people. Uwe Kroeger succeedes to play this torn and pained personality in a new and unmistakable way. Nothing reminds me of earlier roles. His phantom is unmistakable ...


NRZ / 16.05.06

… confident he masterd the show, vocally fit, as usual effectiv and at the end his much earned applause ...


Stadtspiegel Essen / 17.05.06

Standing ovations for Uwe Kroeger as Phantom

…before the intermission the audience saw him as a dangerous, but reserved opera ghost in a boat with candlight, who crashed the chandelier, but who didn´t pull every register. After the intermission, Uwe Kroeger convinces as a torn personality, dangerous but still pityfull: his outstanding acting performance makes the musical visit a goose-flesh experience ...

Once more, Kroeger proves as the fourth phantom in Essen, by his unmistakable voice as well as his outstanding stage presence, why he is the German-speaking musical actor as such ...


www.musical-total.de / 18.05.06

….Uwe Kroegers interpretation of the phantom was very convincing, impressive and emotional. He pulled every register, took everything out of the part, showed full performance and he totally convinced in the role as a torn personality . He succeeds to show the emotional varity of his part with a very physical play and it is obvious how close good and bad is in this disfigured creature. Vocaly he was confident, certain and totally fit ...

At the end he received fulminant applause, standing ovations and an enthusiastic audience ...