TARZAN MOVES TO GERMANY
Source : 28-11-2007 www.musicalworld.nl
Today, Stage Entertainment has announced that in 2008 people
can watch the musical 'Tarzan' in Germany.
The main character will be elected via a TV show called "Ich Tarzan,
Stage Entertainment will produce this "election" show together
with Sat 1 and it will be aired on television in February 2008.
A German premiere date for the stage production is not known yet.
Gold Album Award for Holland's Tarzan
the Musical Cast Album
Phil Collins receives the album from Chantal
Janzen and Ron Link
The Tarzan Musical Cast Album has earned Gold status having sold more
than 35.000 copies.
Chantal Janzen and Ron Link flew together with Erwin van Lambaart,
managing director/producer of Joop van den Ende Theater Productions on
a surprise trip this week to Genève.
There they surprised popicon Phil Collins, who wrote the music and
lyrics for the musical, with a golden award.
Because of the golden CD of the Tarzan musical there will be a limited
version of the cast album produced by Universal Music, as well a unique
A Phil Collins said: 'I am delighted with the golden status of Tarzan's
Dutch cast album! It is very special to see this kind of appreciation for
your work and to see how the Dutch audience embraces Tarzan.'
Erwin van Lambaart is also very happy with the result: 'The success
of Tarzan is incredible. The cd is gold already and we also have sold 650,000
tickets for the musical!'
For the Tarzan Musical Phil Collins expanded the songs he wrote for
the award-winning Disney film animation with nine new songs. Since this
was his debute as a stage musical composer, the recordings for the cast
album were very important for him. He was very happy that the songs he
wrote were sung by the cast members in the way he meant for them to be
done. The pop star therefore spent much time in Holland to support the
Dutch cast and practice with them. The Dutch translation of the lyrics
was done by Martine Bijl. The CD contains the popular numbers 'Jij Woont
In Mijn Hart' (You'll Be In My Heart) and 'Everything That I Am',
a bonus track by Phil Collins.
The special bonus DVD features: The Making of' Tarzan, The trailer of
the musical Tarzan, The act during the Musical Sing-A-Long and The Musical
Awards Gala. The excitement, the emotions, the hard work, the tears, the
joy, the bad luck and finally the beautiful result; you can follow it on
News stories reported by ERBzine's European correspondent,
Ron de Laat
TARZAN THE MUSICAL TO OPEN IN
ERBzine ~ November 20, 2007
The first production
of the Tarzan Musical was on Broadway and the second in Scheveningen, Netherlands.
Now the third staging will be in Kristianstad, Sweden. The premiere will
be on February 16, 2008. Rehearsals will start next week. While the first
two casts were original Disney productions, the third will be an independent
production (but still licensed by Disney and ERB, Inc.). Twenty-nine shows
are planned (roughly 10,000 tickets), but if the audience keeps coming,
the show's run will probably be extended.
Producer Emil Sigfridsson, who also plays the leading part of Tarzan,
is 27 years old and makes this production through his one-man company.
The leading parts are professional singers and many of the supporting cast
are amateurs playing for fun. The dancers come from a company called Kaoz,
where the members are part-time professional dancers.
The band is made up of six professional musicians. Two keyboard players,
two drummers, bass and guitar. The music will be based on the Dutch score,
but with a lot of local arrangements, as the Dutch band is much larger.
The aerial movements will be designed by a Swedish company that works
with bungee-jumping, etc.
The same script as the original Disney production is used, but some
of the staging will be different. There will also be some changes in who
sings some of the songs. For example, the opening song "Two Worlds" will
be sung by Terk and a girl from the ensemble, not by Tarzan.
Emil and his girlfriend Zara (who plays Jane) were in New York in October
and had a meeting with the Disney staff. It is hoped that Phil Collins
and Disney representatives will attend the premiere. The actor who plays
Porter is neighbour to the mother of Phil Collins' house maid, so there
might be an inside track to invite him.
Olle Högberg who plays the part of Snipes, the sailor who arrests
Clayton in the end, has just started a Website for the production. The
site, which is still in its early stages, is at:
This report has been compiled from information
Olle Högberg, cast member and Webmaster for the
Swedish Tarzan Musical
and Ron de Laat of the Holland meets ERB! Website