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Major new musicals like Titanic have been (temporarily) canceled

The great traveling musical productions Titanic and The Rocky Horror Show that would be shown in Dutch theaters in the 2020-2021 season are being deleted for the time being.

The producer duo Hans Cornelissen and Ruud de Graaf had to decide to do this because of the continuing corona crisis, they announced on Friday.

The pair want to bring both performances to the stage in the 2021-2022 season, if the corona crisis is hopefully over. “This painful decision has proved inevitable,” said Cornelissen. “We have always hoped for the past two months to keep the tours going according to the existing schedule, but that is no longer realistic. There is no prospect of returning to the normal situation yet, and these two large traveling productions are also not suitable for the so-called “one and a half meter formula” due to the large number of cast and crew members. ”

Nearly a hundred people out of work

After Stage Entertainment by Albert Verlinde, De Graaf and Cornelissen are the largest Dutch production house when it comes to large theater performances. Both shows are said to tour the Netherlands for seven months and can be seen more than a hundred times in more than thirty theaters. The productions employed nearly a hundred people for nearly a year. In the leading roles big names such as René van Kooten, Mariska van Kolck, Sven Ratzke and Ellen Pieters were cast.

Musical star René van Kooten
René van Kooten misses a large musical, Titanic. Photo: ANP / Jeroen Jumelet

The producers hope that the third major production coming season, Saturday Night Fever, can continue. The premiere is scheduled for January 25, 2021. It is also planned that in the spring and summer of 2021 there will be a reprise of Kinky Boots with Vajèn van den Bosch. The tour of the success show was abruptly interrupted in mid-March when the theaters had to close their doors because of the corona virus.

Musicals Anastasia and Tina Turner

Earlier producer MediaLane also announced that the big traveling musical Waitress, starring international star Willemijn Verkaik, had to be canceled due to the corona virus. Stage Entertainment has not yet reported when the regular musicals Anastasia (in the Circus Theater), Tina Turner (in the Beatrix Theater) and Lazarus can be resumed. In the latter title, Nyassa plays Alberta. Her first major role in the Netherlands was short-lived, as the musical only played for a month. Alberta looked in earlier Subway hugely looking forward to her leading role.

Nyassa Alberta and Albert Verlinde
Nyassa Alberta and Albert Verlinde after the TINA gala premiere, The Tina Turner Musical.

Stage director Albert Verlinde reported last week that it would be unfeasible to play these kinds of large productions if only thirty or even a hundred people are allowed in the hall. The same applies to Soldier of Orange, who hopes to celebrate the tenth anniversary in the Theaterhangaar in Katwijk in October.

Theatergoers hardly ask for a refund for tickets already bought that they have not yet been able to use due to the corona crisis. That said director Albert Verlinde of Stage Entertainment Netherlands on Friday in the talk show Beau.

“We especially receive very sweet responses by email,” said Verlinde. “People who say: we will wait, we have patience. Of the tens of thousands of people we emailed about cards they couldn’t use, about 20 have asked for their money back. And we do offer it. ”

Frozen disappears from Broadway

Major musicals are not only being scrapped in the Netherlands. Producer Disney announced the hit on Thursday Frozen, based on the successful animation, will no longer return to Broadway when the theaters are allowed to open again. All stages will be closed for the next three months due to the corona crisis.


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