Falco - the Musical
A treat for musical fans and a must for Falco fans: "Falco - The Musical" is a thrilling show experience all about the legendary Viennese to whom we owe such immortal hits as "Der Kommissar", "Rock Me Amadeus" or "Jeanny".
Falco's brilliant songs and his extraordinary way of performing them, his extravagant personality and the life of the superstar, which was marked by numerous ups and downs up to his tragic death - these are the ingredients for the dazzling musical homage that "Falco - The Musical " presents.
Falco was born in Vienna in 1957 as Johann "Hans" Hölzel and discovered his love for music as a child. He plays various instruments and in the late 1970s finally begins a musical career that is to bring him unimagined success. He changed his real name to “Falco” in favor of them. In 1980, as a member of the band "Drahdiwaberl", he delivered his first groundbreaking hit with "Ganz Wien". After this initial success within the Viennese music scene, the up-and-coming singer soon went through the roof with "Der Kommissar": With this single, Falco catapulted himself to the top of the charts from practically nothing. "Der Kommissar" is even on the US Billboard charts. With "Rock Me Amadeus" he even leads this in 1985 - a feat that no other German-speaking artist has managed to date. Also in Germany and Falco's home country of Austria, "Rock Me Amadeus" ranks in the top 10 for weeks.
This also applies to "Jeanny" - one of the most successful and at the same time most controversial Falco songs. From today's perspective, the media reactions at the time, including boycotts by radio stations, seem rather exaggerated, but in the eighties the song and its accompanying music video were hotly debated. It is clear that "Jeanny" should not be missing from a Falco musical. In addition to the really big successes, which also include "Vienna Calling" and the posthumously published hit "Out of the Dark", some somewhat less well-known pieces such as "Europa" and "Emotional" also found their way into the musical Biography.
With Alexander Kerbst and Stefan Wessel, two true professionals and first-class Falco imitators slip into the role of the "Falcon". Both give an all-round coherent picture of singing, optics, gestures and facial expressions. Falco's manager, played by Sebastian Achilles or Fritz Barth in the understudy, leads through the individual stations in the life of the pop genius.
The real Falco manager, Horst Bork, was on hand to advise the creators of the show. A live band of five and a group of professional dancers provide the right soundtrack and plenty of action on stage, while impressive projections and original video sequences give the audience an insight into Falco's life, including his torn personality. Because apart from his music, Falco always fascinated as a person: on the one hand extravagant and slightly arrogant in his demeanor, on the other hand self-destructive and fragile.
"Falco - The Musical" captures the various facets of the pop icon just as cleverly as the different musical phases. Outstanding actors, impressive dance routines and of course Falco's great music make this musical biography a real show highlight.
Falco's tragic death in 1998, when he was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, suddenly deprived the music world of one of its most colorful and eccentric figures. And at the same time ensured that his legendary status continued to grow. The line of text “Do I have to die to live?” from “Out Of The Dark” subsequently became a sad symbol of the fate of this extraordinary and unforgettable musician.
(Program in German)