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Under the tried-and-tested oversight of director Stefan Huber and following on from the great success of Clivia, the well-known German musical cabaret trio Die Geschwister Pfister is now taking on one of the most supposedly masculine domains of all: the world of football! Paul Abraham’s operetta is a crazy and turbulent sports satire about a bride on the run who turns the heads of an entire football team. This is accompanied by the fiery music from the composer of Ball at the Savoy, with its blend of jazz, puszta and operatic melodies – rounded off with a shot of stadium chanting.
Football captain Gjurka Karoly and his squad are celebrating their victory over the English team when Scottish lass Roxy bursts into their hotel room, fleeing from her dim fiancé Bobby and his uncle, the Scottish sauce, ketchup and mixed pickles manufacturer Sam Cheswick, who fully lives up to his countrymen’s reputation for penny-pinching and thrift. The runaway bride is swiftly hidden amongst the luggage and spirited away into the Hungarian training camp. This naturally draws the men’s attentions in totally the wrong direction, not least because a girls' boarding school has also arrived at the training hotel, to the delight and surprise of the male team members. All this friskiness ultimately threatens to result in sporting and emotional defeat! But Roxy is smart and confident enough to lead not just her dream team but also herself to victory. By the end, the score stands 3:1 to love!
Transformation is a hallmark of Die Geschwister Pfister, and so we can look forward to a Scottish Ursli Pfister (Christoph Marti), who makes 11 men dance; to Toni Pfister (Tobias Bonn) as a singing and dancing footballer, and to Fräulein Schneider (Andreja Schneider) as a school principal. One thing’s for sure: »You have to keep your eye on the goal!«
Libretto by Alfred Grünwald and Hans Weigel
Reconstructed for the stage by Matthias Grimmiger and Henning Hagedorn
Newly adapted by Kai Tietje and Stefan Huber