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  • Awesome Music:
    • The show's music in general, but particularly the segments involving The Magic Flute, is a perfect blend of Stephen Schwartz's style and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's. The culmination of this is probably the act 2 finale, sung backstage at Die Zauberflöte. It may make fans accidentally hum Schwartz's melody when they hear Mozart's overture.
    • The overture to Schikaneder sounds like something Mozart might have written.
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    • Träum groß, Emanuel and Eleonore's adorable moment as they talk of pursuing their dreams together and not giving a damn what the world thinks.
    • Mein Lied, Eleonore snapping and refusing to let herself be overlooked any further. It ends with an Incredibly Long Note, too.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The show ends on a triumphant note, with the Schikaneders getting back together, and The Magic Flute was a rousing success that gave the world "the greatest work ever written by Wolfgang Amadè Mozart". In real life, however... Mozart died only shortly after the premiere. Emanuel continued to cheat on Eleonore (resulting in at least one illegitimate son, Franz). His career went downhill again, and he died in poverty in 1812. Eleonore passed away three years after her husband, in the Theater an der Wien itself - Emanuel's brainchild, and where The Magic Flute premiered.
  • Ho Yay: Benedikt, upon alerting Emanuel to the pissed-off sovereign coming after him (because Emanuel was in bed with said sovereign's wife), says that it's because he loves Emanuel.
    • This creates some Hilarious in Hindsight because Mark Seibert and Martin Pasching (Benedikt Schack's actor) have played Death and Prince Rudolf from Elisabeth, though in different productions. And indeed, Rudolf is in love with Death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The German/Austrian musical theatre scene is tiny, and has a tendency to have historical musicals covering characters who are related to each other - see Elisabeth and Rudolf: Affaire Mayerling, for example. This created some casting overlapping. Especially between Schikaneder and Mozart. Namely:
    • Mark Seibert and Marle Martens (ensemble, Eleonore understudy) played lovers earlier - Death and Elisabeth of Austria. Marle is the paramour in bed with Mark in the trailer.
    • As mentioned above, Seibert and Pasching. Pasching also played... guess who... Emanuel Schikaneder on the Mozart! DVD. In which Seibert played Prince Colloredo, Mozart's patron. note 
    • Franziska Schuster went from Constanze Weber, Mozart's wife, to Barbara Gerl, the best friend of Mozart's collaborator's wife.
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    • Jon Geoffrey Goldsworthy was Count Arco, Colloredo's right-hand man, and Franz Moser, who ceded the troupe to Schikaneder.
    • In Mozart!, Florian Peters was the only Mozart that Seibert's Colloredo didn't condescendingly/affectionately pat on the cheek during their last song together, Der einfache Weg. Cut to this musical, and Peters is playing Seibert's romantic rival.
    • A woman in Eleonore and Johann's troupe worried that she had to "Sell a child! And [her] hair!" because the theatre was being shut down. Cut to the production of Les Misérables in Tecklenburg, and Milica Jovanović (Eleonore) was Fantine, Florian Peters (Johann) was Marius, and Daniela Braun (Ensemble/cover Josepha) was Cosette.


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