From March 2018, the theatre is glad to welcome the Broadway Musical Mary Poppins, which takes its visitors to the world of the Banks family and their enchanting nanny.
The iconic music by Elton John in combination with the breathtaking world of Africa already delighted 13 million visitors in “Disney’s The Lion King” – until today almost every performance is sold out. The sun-yellow theatre stands out with its color and is a grown part of the harbor silhouette.
The broadway-hit with Arabian nights, a Genie and three wishes already won plenty prestigious awards such as Grammys, Tony Awards and Oscars in the USA. The premiere of the musical “Disney’s Aladdin” took place in December 2015 in Hamburg and is entertaining the audience since then. The musical resides at the Neue Flora Stage Theatre.
The musical with a comedic twist tells the story of a family in St. Pauli. The four kids of the seven-headed family try everything to make ends meet. When they are threatened with an action of eviction, their fate seems sealed - but: the Kiez stands united!
The musical „Heiße Ecke“ at Schmidts Tivoli delights the audience since its premiere 2003. At the bar counter of the snack bar “Heiße Ecke” all locals from St. Pauli come together und the musical shows the normal everyday madness on the Reeperbahn. Every evening the actors slip into over 50 different roles.
Offering top-class entertainment, moving stories and catchy tunes, Hamburg’s musicals attract 2 million visitors every year. Hamburg is the world’s third-biggest musical city just after New York and London, and an end to this musical boom is not in sight.
Reminiscent of a silver UFO, Hamburg’s most recent musical theatre, the Stage Theater an der Elbe, is situated on the banks of the River Elbe just beside the yellow tent of Disney’s Lion King. On the outside of the theatre "Das Wunder von Bern" (The Miracle of Bern) was displayed in bold lettering. This football musical had its world debut in Hamburg in November 2014 but had to leave the City in January 2017. Since then the musical "Ich war noch niemals in New York" took over the theater. From March 2018, the theatre is glad to welcome the Broadway Musical Mary Poppins, which takes its visitors to the world of the Banks family and their enchanting nanny. The Musical Aladdin is to be seen in the Stage Theater Neue Flora. The Broadway hit from 1001 Night tells the timeless story of Aladdin, Djinni and the three wishes in the world of the Orient.
From Revue Shows to Musicals
On the famous Reeperbahn entertainment mile, Hamburg’s residents have always had a weak spot for popular music. The late 19th century saw the rise of numerous private theatres and opera houses in Hamburg’s St Pauli district, where jaunty light operas, musical comedies and revue shows such as Freddy Quinn’s “Der Junge von St Pauli” would be performed. Today, the popular Schmidts Tivoli theatre, which is now situated on Spielbudenplatz just beside the St Pauli Theater, continues this tradition with its St Pauli musical Heisse Ecke.
On the far side of Spielbudenplatz you will find the Operettenhaus – the venue that started Hamburg’s musical boom in 1986, when the hugely successful musical "Cats" premiered. This boom also helped revive the legendary Reeperbahn entertainment mile. When, in 2001, "Cats" gave its final performance, the Operettenhaus recorded a total of 6.2 million guests, and Hamburg had become Germany’s musical capital. The second of Hamburg’s musical theatres was the Neue Flora, which was built in 1990 and featured the "Phantom of the Opera", which soon turned Hamburg into a popular destination for musical lovers from all over Germany.
Melodies for the Millions
For Dutch company Stage Entertainment this was the ideal time to establish their head office in Hamburg. Germany’s biggest musical production company is housed in a red-brick building in the Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s historic warehouse district. In 2001, Stage Entertainment’s founder, Joop van den Ende, laureate of the Gustaf Gründgens Award 2012, acquired the Theater im Hafen on the far side of St Pauli Landungsbrücken. He then brought Disney’s Lion King to Hamburg – arguably the most successful of all musicals to date. The hits of Elton John mixed with an African fantasy setting have lured 13 million visitors to the River Elbe, and almost every performance is still being sold out.
It wasn’t long until Stage Entertainment also acquired the Operettenhaus and the Neue Flora theatre. Since then, Stage Entertainment has brought numerous German first performances to Hamburg, among them box office hits such as "Sister Act", "Dirty Dancing", "Tarzan", "Dance of the Vampires" and "Mamma Mia".
Hamburg – the City of Musicals
Today, you cannot really imagine Hamburg without its musicals. Since 2012, the Operettenhaus, which started the boom 25 years ago, had been the venue for "Rocky – The Musical" – the first musical to be developed in Hamburg. In co-production with Stage Entertainment, it was Sylvester Stallone who, together with world-class boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, brought this award-winning story about boxing legend Rocky Balboa to the stage. For Hamburg as a musical city, this world premiere marked a new era: in the spring of 2014, "Rocky" was the first musical production from Germany to sweep New York’s famous Broadway – and it soon received the Tony Award, the world’s most renowned musical award, in the Best Scenic Design category. Disney’s Aladdin celebrated its Europe premier in December 2015. Featuring Arabian Nights, a Genie and three wishes, this Broadway hit musical was also bestowed with a Tony Award in 2015. Furthermore the Tina: the musical takes place in the Stage Operettenhaus, starting in spring 2019, telling the breathtaking, untold Story About the Queen of Rock'n Roll: Tina Turner.
The musicals The Lion King and the new musical Mary Poppins complete the musical landscape with both of the theaters in the Harbour directly at the bank of the River Elbe. Both the show Heiße Ecke and Die Königs vom Kiez are situated right in the area of St. Pauli presenting their stories around this and in the area of the famous Kiez and Reeperbahn district.