The Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin is the most modern show palace in Europe. The world's largest theatrical stage is located in the main hall which seats 1,900 visitors. Yesterday in front of a sold-out audience, the premiere of the new European megaproduction SHOW ME was enthusiastically received with standing ovations.
The two-hour stage production toys with a fascinating idea: what if three of the greatest icons in show revue history -- Busby Berkeley, Florenz Ziegfeld and Esther Williams -- hadn't been active in the past century, but rather staged a show in the here and now of 2012 using state-of-the-art technology, modern sound and the aesthetics of today?
The result is Europe's most glamorous show. No wonder, since the ingredients are top-class: 4 vocal soloists, 60 dancers from the Friedrichstadt-Palast's own ballet company, world-class acrobats from China, the US, Australia and Argentina, along with a 16-member show band. Added to this are magnificent costumes, some of which have been created by the legendary Parisian haute couturier Christian Lacroix. Even the stage design belongs to the most spectacular shows that can be seen outside of Las Vegas. A gigantic waterfall with 6,000 litres of water per minute cascades down from a height of over 20 meters -- thanks to the latest special laser, this will appear as if millions of sparkling crystals are raining down.
With 162 participants, including more than 100 artists, SHOW ME is the largest ensuite production in the world. As a comparison: around 80 artists appear per performance for the biggest show in Las Vegas (Kà).
Production costs amounted to well over 9 million Euros. In the time running up to the premiere over 120,000 tickets were booked making SHOW ME this year's most successful premiere in Berlin.
The eventful history of the legendary Friedrichstadt-Palast stretches back to 1919, when Max Reinhardt opened the Großes Schauspielhaus, referred to from 1947 on as the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Since 1984, the colossal new building has been located at Friedrichstraße 107 in Berlin-Mitte, at the heart of the "East End" theatre district. It is 80 meters wide, 110 meters long and encompasses a volume of 200,000 cubic meters. The massive structure is the last opulent building of the German Democratic Republic and as such is an outstanding architectural monument to the reunification of Germany since 1989-90.
Today, almost 700,000 people visit the show palace each year, clearly assigning it the first place among Berlin's theatres. The theatre is owned entirely by the city of Berlin.
Tickets range from 16.90 Euros to 250 Euros (in the world's first "sky lounge" in a theatre). Further information, along with gratis photo materials, can be found in the press area at www.show-palace.eu. Languages available are English, Danish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Spanish.
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