Last week, I told you that I would be concentrating on my city of Berlin for the months of May and June. Early summer is a perfect time to visit as the spring sunshine begins to poke its head up and the huge hordes of tourists have not yet arrived: that’s going to be in July and August.
Early summer is also the beginning of “the season.”
What’s the season, I hear you whisper?
Why the season can be described as when the festivals, the music, the culture and the arts, all begin to open their doors and show you why Berlin is one of the most visited cities in Europe, if not the world. We may not be London or Paris but by jove, Berlin gives every city a run for its money, and then some!
A fortnight ago, I watched a Shakespeare play by the English National Theatre LIVE, and last week, I went to one of Berlin’s oldest theatre venues: the Friedrichstadt-Palast. I was there to watch an entertainment performance called SHOW ME.
WHAT’S THE FRIEDRICHSTADT-PALAST?
The Friedrichstadt-Palast is a unique theatre venue dating right back from 1919 and a major contribution to the distinctive cultural image of the jazz years in Berlin during the roaring twenties and the early swinging thirties. The golden twenties resulted in the wonderful artistic spread of revues, cabarets, dancing halls, and variety shows, before that world and everything in it, was destroyed by Hitler in 1933.
Today, Friedrichstadt-Palast is at the heart of the former East Berlin known as “Mitte.” Mitte is now known as the East End and the Broadway area of Berlin. It’s also part of Berlin’s hip nightlife quarter so if you’re looking for the theatre land of Berlin all you have to do is walk.
Stretching from the Friederick William, (Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia) boulevard of “Unter den Linden,” to the so-hip-it-hurts quarter of “Hackerscher Markt;” Mitte is the district with the highest concentration of theatres in Germany!
WHAT IS SHOW ME?
SHOW ME is the latest production show of the Friedrichstadt-Palast in which the largest theatre stage in the world presents a paradise of colour, shape, bodies, art forms, clothes and the glamour of a live broadway show. With a staff of 162 and over 100 performers at each show, SHOW ME is the biggest long-running revue show in the world!
WHAT DOES THE SHOW’S NAME MEAN?
SHOW ME from an artist’s perspective means ‘I’m going to show you the inner me or myself,’ and that means the inner me side of more than 100 artists! From the audience perspective, SHOW ME is a type of flirty, demanding cry, of ‘Show me what you can do’ or surprise me, excite me, seduce me.
Imagine a throwback of the 1900’s to the 1970’s?
Imagine the fingertips of a Hollywood producer?
Imagine showgirls on the stage floor with feathers, flowers, tight bodices, and long legs?
Imagine flying performers, an underwater scene of mermaids and a Korean-Japanese force of disciplined artists?
Imagine a big budget, more sensation, more glamour, more glitter, and more flamboyant costumes?
Imagine extravagant splendour, excess and indulgence?
Imagine the beauty of Parisian haute couture?
Imagine a sexual tease right before your very eyes with gorgeous girls parading the stage, coveting with chairs, music and red hair?
Imagine the tight bodies of well-oiled six-packed young men who not only look good but also know how to dance?
Imagine the sophisticated sequined 1960-1970’s girl-group, show girl performance era of The Supremes?
Imagine hits from the like of En Vogue, Christina Aguilera and Annie Lennox?
All that is SHOW ME!
I mean, SHOW ME was something else.
The opening and closing costumes were designed by Christian Lacroix. The extravagant and provocative costumes were designed by Uta Loher and the scenery and backdrop were created by Conny Lüders. More than 500 costumes, including show couture dresses and clothing were designed and embroidered with glittering stones, and rose petals.
There was also a gigantic waterfall at a height of over 20 meters that was put in the middle of the room. How they did that, I will never know? Secrets of the trade I guess!
Not only that but 12 choreographers were contracted to work with 40 female dancers and 20 male dancers. You know they can only be the cream of the crop as these choreographers had previously worked with Katy Perry, Justin Timberland, Peter Fox and the Berlin State Ballet.
With production costs amounting to over €9 million, SHOW ME is also the Friedrichstadt-Palast most expensive and ambitious production yet.
DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND GERMAN TO WATCH IT?
The show is excellent for an international audience, as both German and English are spoken, and all you need to do is sit back, look, and enjoy the show as it’s a feast for the eyes!
A stunning success! SHOW ME is a family-friendly (albeit not for young children), glamour production.
If you love lavish entertainment, music, dance, and cabaret, in the wonderful setting of Germany’s capital city – Berlin, then Friedrichstadt-Palast is an excellent location. Going to SHOW ME is a performance worth visiting of an afternoon or evening, while you are here.
Because you can:
• Be extremely close to (depending on your ticket), a lavish show production as the seating is very good.
• Be dazzled for a night by all the wonderful stage performers.
• Imagine that the singers are looking and singing, just for you.
• Come early and wander around the largest theatre stage in the world.
• Be a part of history and imagine yourself back in the roaring twenties of Berlin.
SHOW ME only runs until the 19th of July, 2014 so get your tickets soon!
Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 25 minute interval.
The recommended minimum age is at least 12 years old as there are a few mildly erotic items that might get young children asking too many uncomfortable questions, and older audience members, out of their chairs!
Drinks are reasonably priced with beers being from €4.00, glasses of wine from €7.00, and cocktails from €8.00.
This article is not sponsored and even though I received a complimentary ticket, all opinions are my very own! Every week for the months of May and June, I’ll be writing about summer time in Berlin, and what to do when you get here.
Next week, I will be writing about the Long Night of Museums or die Lange Nacht der Museen which takes place on May 17th. It’s an all night museum and exhibition family event, taking place on May 17, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Should be a lot of fun!
Watch this space!
Have you watched a show production? What did you like best? Would you watch a dazzling show such as SHOW ME?
Are you coming for the summer? See you in Berlin.
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