Musical sources of Gmunden Phase "Doctor Zhivago" in the spring
Gmunden. In the fifth year of its existence, the festival shines with the Austrian Prime Minister.
Tourism Director Andreas Murrai (left) with Caspar Richter, Elisabeth Sikora and Wolfgang Olzinger
The film "Doctor Zhivago" (with Omar Sharif in the main role) is a classic. In 2011, the composer Lusi Simon from the Russian Revolutionary Romance (novel Boris Pasternak) made a musical. From April 2019, the Austrian premier will be held at the Gmundner Stadttheater on the Musical Spring – and music fans from the country and abroad have already crashed for tickets.
"Audience interest is huge"
As in previous years, directors Wolfgang Olzinger, music director Caspar Richter and actress Elisabeth Sikora are knives. The trio started music resources five years ago and since then it has been constantly expanding. After eight sold "Jane Eire" plays in the past season, ten performances "Doctor Zhivago" are planned from April 11, 2019. This time there is an option for more evenings.
The music source is now on the international scene. "We made a name for ourselves with a historical-romantic European piece," says Kaspar Richter. "Guests from abroad know what they are waiting for in Traunse, and interest is huge."
Music source has a budget of about 200,000 euros. "In other places, working with much higher budgets," says Wolfgang Olzinger. "We can do it just because each of us makes several moves, from scenic design to the relationship with the press, we do everything we are".
However, the show would not be funded solely by input fees. Traunsee Tourism and Municipalities participate in the costs. For the tourism industry, a musical is an opportunity to increase occupancy in pre-season. The Town Hall, in turn, meets the cultural mission. "We are not only proud of the international successes of Musical Spring," says Mayor VP Stefan Krapf. "This is also the great cultural offer of Gmundner – especially for our youth". Customer review is automatically translated from German.
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