History Theatre / Elisabeth

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* LighterAndFluffier: The Takarazuka withholds any mention of precursor social currents to national socialism or STDs. Additionally, rather than at long last consuming Elisabeth's soul, Zuka Death shows her the Kingdom of the Underworld she shall implicitly be queen of.
27th May '16 2:06:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[BlondGuysAreEvil Blond Guys Are Morally Grey Forces Of Destruction]]: In many, if not ''most'' productions, Death is blond. Not always, though.
3rd May '16 8:27:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Crossover}}: The Takarazuka versions of ''[[RomeoEtJulietteDeLaHaineALamour Roméo et Juliette]]'' feature the same AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death as this show.
* DarkerAndEdgier: If you expected a musical version of ''{{Sissi}}'', you are wrong. So wrong.

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* {{Crossover}}: The Takarazuka versions of ''[[RomeoEtJulietteDeLaHaineALamour ''[[Theatre/RomeoEtJulietteDeLaHaineALamour Roméo et Juliette]]'' feature the same AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death as this show.
* DarkerAndEdgier: If you expected a musical version of ''{{Sissi}}'', ''Theatre/{{Sissi}}'', you are wrong. So wrong.
27th Apr '16 1:43:01 AM aye_amber
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* VillainousCheekbones: The [[http://users.atw.hu/szabop/layout6/montazsok/szilm01.jpg makeup design for Death in the Hungarian version]] has these to the point of streaks of silvery-blue glitter being added to highlight them.

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* VillainousCheekbones: The [[http://users.atw.hu/szabop/layout6/montazsok/szilm01.[[http://i.imgur.com/XO5FkQo.jpg makeup design for Death in the Hungarian version]] has these to the point of streaks of silvery-blue glitter being added to highlight them.
4th Mar '16 2:47:30 PM IncreaseBlue
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* DownerEnding: Decidedly so in the hungarian version, where after Elisabeth kisses Death in the underworld, he suddenly turns silent and cold. He leads her into a tower, then emerges alone from a balcony, brandishing cloth from her dress as a trophy. In this version it is clear he loved her only for the hunt.

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* DownerEnding: Decidedly so in the hungarian Hungarian version, where after Elisabeth kisses Death in the underworld, he suddenly turns silent and cold. He leads her into a tower, then emerges alone from a balcony, brandishing cloth from her dress as a trophy. In this version it is clear he loved her only for the hunt.



* FollowTheLeader: Michael Kunze obviously got the idea for the show after working on the translation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's musical ''{{Evita}}''; there are way too many similarities between the two shows to ignore this. One can say that ''Elisabeth'' is virtually ''Evita'' on an epic scale.
4th Mar '16 2:44:03 PM IncreaseBlue
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It premiered in Vienna in 1992 and was responsible for launching the careers of Pia Douwes (Elisabeth) and Uwe Kroger (Death), who are today two of the most important performers in European musical theater. ''Elisabeth'' is also a popular offering by Japan's all-female {{Takarazuka}} Revue; actress Maki Ichiro, who played Death while a Takarasienne, went on to play Elisabeth herself in a traditional male-and-female production after leaving the Revue, and Jun Sena is about to participate in her fourth production, going from Lucheni to Elisabeth to Death (all Takarazuka) to Elisabeth again in a traditional production. Also, Hikaru Asami played Rudolf in the 1998 (Takarazuka) production and then went on to play Elisabeth in the 2008 male-and-female production, and will be alternating the role this fall with Jun Sena. Various productions often reinterpret the show, including new songs and adding or removing whole plotlines, depending on how familiar an audience is with the historical background.

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It premiered in Vienna in 1992 and was responsible for launching the careers of Pia Douwes (Elisabeth) and Uwe Kroger (Death), who are today two of the most important performers in European musical theater. ''Elisabeth'' is also a popular offering by Japan's all-female {{Takarazuka}} Revue; actress Maki Ichiro, who played Death while a Takarasienne, went on to play Elisabeth herself in a traditional male-and-female production after leaving the Revue, and Jun Sena is about to participate in her fourth production, going has gone from Lucheni to Elisabeth to Death (all Takarazuka) to Elisabeth again in a traditional production. Also, Hikaru Asami played Rudolf in the 1998 (Takarazuka) production and then went on to play Elisabeth in the 2008 male-and-female production, and will be alternating having alternated the role this fall with Jun Sena. Various productions often reinterpret the show, including new songs and adding or removing whole plotlines, depending on how familiar an audience is with the historical background.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Rudolf!]] NOOOOO!!!!

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* DownerEnding: Decidedly so in the hungarian version, where after Elisabeth kisses Death in the underworld, he suddenly turns silent and cold. He leads her into a tower, then emerges alone from a balcony, brandishing cloth from her dress as a trophy. In this version it is clear he loved her only for the hunt.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Rudolf!]] NOOOOO!!!!Rudolf.]]



* PerspectiveFlip: Takarazuka's main draw being the male roles, they needed to make Death the main character, so Levay collaborated with Takarazuka to compose the song Ai To Shi No Rondo/Kein Kommen Ohne Geh'n which humanized Death and placed his emotional journey at the center of the story. Strangely, the Hungarian version with a far more inhuman death used the song as well.



* VillainousCheekbones: The [[http://users.atw.hu/szabop/layout6/montazsok/szilm01.jpg makeup design for Death in the Hungarian version]] has these to the point of streaks of silvery-blue glitter being added to highlight them. Ironically, the Hungarian portrayal of Death is just about the most innocent version there is.

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* VillainousCheekbones: The [[http://users.atw.hu/szabop/layout6/montazsok/szilm01.jpg makeup design for Death in the Hungarian version]] has these to the point of streaks of silvery-blue glitter being added to highlight them. Ironically, the Hungarian portrayal of Death is just about the most innocent version there is.
21st Feb '16 8:36:52 PM FayeLann
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**The 2005 Vienna revival is very fond of puppet symbolism/imagery. Lucheni is the puppeteer and the dead the puppets in the prologue, Death is the puppeteer to Elisabeth and Rudolf in "Wenn ich tanzen will" and "Die Schaten werden länger" respectively, and there is a moment in "Am Deck der sinkenden Welt," when Death briefly plays puppetmaster to Lucheni after throwing him the file, and Lucheni falls limply to the ground when Death breaks his hold.
16th Aug '15 9:12:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The real Lucheni was horrorstruck when he learned that Elisabeth had been pro-democracy and in favor of a free Hungary, as well as enormously charitable and kind, rather than simply another selfish royal who believed she could LetThemEatCake. It's actually theorized that this is what [[DrivenToSuicide lead him to hang himself in his cell]]. Lucheni-the-narrator, on the other hand, remains spitefully opposed to her and her whole social caste through and through, though certain actors play this as his desperately trying to convince himself in the afterlife that he didn't murder a decent person.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The real Lucheni was horrorstruck when he learned that Elisabeth had been pro-democracy and in favor of a free Hungary, as well as enormously charitable and kind, rather than simply another selfish royal who believed she could LetThemEatCake.let them eat cake. It's actually theorized that this is what [[DrivenToSuicide lead him to hang himself in his cell]]. Lucheni-the-narrator, on the other hand, remains spitefully opposed to her and her whole social caste through and through, though certain actors play this as his desperately trying to convince himself in the afterlife that he didn't murder a decent person.
31st May '15 9:13:16 AM rafi
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* ActingForTwo: For the principal roles, the same actress usually plays both Elisabeth's mother, Ludovika, and Frau Wolf.



* NoExportForYou: Don't hold your breath if you're expecting an English language production any time soon.
4th May '15 12:21:33 PM FayeLann
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** Also, the waltz that Elisabeth and Franz Josef happily dance to at their wedding gets a reprise titled "The Mayerling Waltz," which is the scene where [[spoiler: Rudolf kills himself.]] The wedding music becomes the [[spoiler: suicide]] music.
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