BERLIN NON STOP

A NEW Musical BY Thomas Hermanns and Thomas Zaufke

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16 July until 3 August 2024
Pfefferberg Theater, Berlin
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BERLIN NON STOP, a brand-new multilingual musical from television host, comedian, and screenwriter Thomas Hermanns and one of Germany’s leading musical composers, Thomas Zaufke.

Three young tourists from Birmingham, Barcelona, and Bad Bevensen stumble through summer Berlin in 2010, in search of fun, sex, culture, and love.

Inspired by the timeless classic "On The Town", this poppy yet highly emotional show follows the journey of these three modern party sailors through Europe's liveliest and most exciting city. They are guided and seduced by three absolute Berlin night experts – an Icelandic It Girl, a cool taxi driver, and the hottest bartender of the queer scene.

Experience the iconic locations of the night in 2010 and their impact on our life-hungry boys – from the Trash Bar to the Kebab Imbiss, from the coolest Mitte Gallery to the most philosophical gay bar in Kreuzberg, from the Charité emergency room to the garden of Berghain. Berlin, as a secretive and eerie city of love, shimmers for our heroes in just 24 hours in all the colors of the rainbow: From pink cocktails with art to polonaises with glittering drag queens to the gray dawn at Tegel. And they strictly adhere to the former mayor's motto: They are poor but sexy - and reinvent themselves – like Berlin- every night anew!

From indie rock to techno, contemporary chanson to trash pop, BERLIN NON STOP offers the soundtrack of Berlin with a live band according to the show's motto: All that sparkle, all that glitter, all that pushing bouncing beat!

Director Fabian Gerhardt leads a cast of seven top musical actors through the wild Berlin night, accompanied by a live band under the musical direction of Damian Omansen and arranger Caspar Hachfeld.

Creative Team

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Born in Bremen, studied at the UdK Berlin.

He composed music for musicals such as BABYTALK, GRIMM, ELTERNABEND, LETTERLAND, MEIN AVATAR & ICH, KEIN PARDON, KOPFKINO ("Best Musical" at the New York Independent Film Festival), DER HASE MIT DEN BERNSTEINAUGEN (German Musical Theater Award 2019 for "Best Music" and "Best Musical") and SHOOTING STAR (premiered in Los Angeles, 2019, New York Off Broadway, 2023).

He has composed for the Neuköllner Oper, the Berlin GRIPS Theater, the Leipzig Opera, the Graz Opera, the Düsseldorf Playhouse, the Landestheater Linz, and the Vienna Musikverein.

He writes songs and chansons for artists such as Ina Müller, Gayle Tufts, Tim Fischer, Irmgard Knef, and Daniela Ziegler.

Thomas Zaufke was awarded the Paul Abraham Prize by the GEMA Foundation in 2022 for his outstanding artistic achievements in the field of popular musical theater.

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In 1984, at the age of 19, Thomas Hermanns created his first own live show – and has since then invented an average of one show per year in Germany. Hermanns' shows were always a mix of humor and music, sometimes campy/colorful, but always full of warmth and universally appealing.

Often, they were inspired by the current trends in New York, where Hermanns lived for some time. Perhaps logically, his greatest success became the introduction of the Anglo-Saxon form of "Stand Up Comedy" to Germany. For this, he founded the Quatsch Comedy Club in 1992 in Hamburg. This show (interestingly, his only one without music…) has now been running for over 30 years and not just nationally at the main house in Berlin under Hermanns' directorship, as well as branches in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, and on tour, but also internationally in London, Zurich, or Hong Kong and of course on TV, where Hermanns became known to a wide audience as the host of this format from 2017 to 2022 on Pro7 and also on SKY One. As a TV host and creative producer, he also worked at the German ESC preliminary decision, as host of the Bambi Awards and the European Film Award, which he hosted in English. Moreover, from 2014-2018, he was the artistic director of the "Golden Camera" TV show. Less known than Hermanns' TV presence as a host is probably the number of artists/clients for whom he has created individual numbers or entire shows since 1984, including for Sasha and Barbara Schöneberger.

From his pen came BUSSI the Musical, Kein Pardon, and Boybands Forever, currently Berlin Non Stop and Hello!Again?, which will premiere in November 2024 at the Musikalische Komödie in Leipzig.

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Born in 1971 in Berlin, studied acting from 1991 to 1995 and then performed on major stages in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Leipzig, and Hanover. Made his directing debut in 2010 at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden with "The Island" by Athol Fugard. This was followed by productions at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schauspiel Frankfurt, and Schauspielhaus Bochum.

Since 2016, he has regularly directed at the Neuköllner Oper, often his own works, such as "Monkey" featuring songs from Peter Fox's album "Stadtaffe". In 2022/23, "Capital of the World Club", a music theater project about the Berlin club scene, was staged at the Kit Kat Club. In addition, he has held several guest professorships in the departments of acting and scenic writing at the UdK Berlin, and since 2020, he has had a continuous role in the ZDF series "Nächste Ausfahrt Glück" (Next Exit Happiness).

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Born and raised in Berlin, he studied piano, trombone, and arrangement at the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre before beginning his career as a musical director and arranger for musicals.

Since 2011, he has led over 30 different musical productions, either on tour or at municipal and private theaters. He has conducted at venues such as the Theater des Westens, Admiralspalast, and the opera houses of Magdeburg and Dortmund. Additionally, he has arranged music for Max Raabe's Palast Orchester and the Berlin Philharmonic, among others.

Since 2023, he has been the Musical Director of the musical theatre program at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Cast

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Chris
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Oliver Edward is a native of Vienna and studied at the Arts Educational School in London. During his studies, he made his West End debut in 2021 at the London Palladium Theatre with the revival of THE PIRATE QUEEN and opened the prestigious OLIVIER AWARDS at the Royal Albert Hall. He was then cast in the Olivier Award-nominated UK revival of SOUTH PACIFIC before touring with the musical MEMPHIS in the role of Gator. Oliver came to Hamburg in 2022 for the German original cast of HAMILTON as Laurens/Philip and as the understudy for Alexander Hamilton. He is thrilled to now play the role of Chris in the world premiere of the musical BERLIN NONSTOP.

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Benni
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From Düsseldorf, Jan graduated in 2018 with a degree in Musical/Show from the Berlin University of the Arts and won first prize in the main category of Musical at the 2017 Bundeswettbewerb Gesang. Among other roles, he played Lennard in "Kopfkino", Schweinchen Schlau and Didi in various productions of "Grimm!", Harold Bride in "Titanic", Paul in the world premiere of Rolf Zuckowski's "Die Weihnachtsbäckerei - Das Musical", Rusty in "Starlight Express", and Buggy Ringer in "Lady Bess". Most recently, he was seen as the cover for the role of Christian in "Moulin Rouge - Das Musical" at the Musical Dome in Cologne.

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Juan
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A native Latin American, born in Guatemala and who grew up in Hesse. Manuel completed his studies in musical theater at the Hamburg School of Entertainment, but he had already gained stage experience before that. His first engagements led him to the Schmidt Theater Hamburg as a soloist. Lopez worked multiple times as a singer and musical director on cruise ships and was engaged as a performer and choreographer for various productions at the Landestheater Dinkelsbühl. He was a swing for multiple roles in Disney's "Frozen" and most recently performed in "Catch Me If You Can" in Magdeburg. Until the summer of 2025, Manuel can be seen as a vocal soloist in the current Grand Show "Falling | in Love" at the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Manuel Lopez works as a singer, dancer, and actor in the German-speaking region.

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Max
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An adopted Berliner, who, with the support of the DAAD, earned a Master's degree in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from NYU in the USA after studying musical theater at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Since his graduation in 2017, Jan Nicolas Bastel has been seen in numerous productions at German and European venues, including the Neue Flora in Hamburg (Mamma Mia), the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam (Monster), the Comödie Dresden (Stripper), the Landestheater Niederbayern (Me And My Girl), the Philharmonie Luxembourg (Les Explorateurs, La Princesse mystérieuse), and the Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland (Die Wüstenblume), as well as at festivals like the Burgfestspiele Mayen.

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Stefanie Dietrich comes from an East German family of artists and made her first appearance at the age of 8 in the children's ensemble of the Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin. She studied singing, dancing, and acting at the Bavarian Theater Academy "August Everding" in Munich. Since then, she has performed in musical, operetta, and theater productions in the German-speaking region, including at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, the Staatsoperette Dresden, and the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich. Her roles include Orlofsky in "Die Fledermaus", Fräulein Schneider in "Cabaret", and Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd". She has worked with directors such as Nina Gühlstorff and Doro Schröder. Stefanie won the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang MUSICAL/CHANSON and the Bavarian Art Promotion Prize.

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Lukas (Lucii) Sandmann has been living in Linz since August 2019 and is engaged as a permanent musical ensemble member there. Since completing his training at the Joop van den Ende Academy in 2017, he has participated in 28 productions in the German-speaking region. He has been part of world premieres such as the musical adaptation of "Fack Ju Göhte", "Zucker" at the Luisenburg Festival, "The Wave/Die Welle", "Fanny und Alexander", and "Die Königinnen" in Linz. Additional German-language premieres include "Mary and Max", "Wie im Himmel", "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812", and "School of Rock", completing his career. In 2021, Lukas (Lucii) won the German Musical Theater Prize in the category of Best Leading Actor for The Wave - Die Welle.

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Frau Berlin
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Bettina Meske is a true Berliner. In addition to her work on stage as a celebrated soloist and leading lady in various musical and music theater productions in Germany and across Europe, the award-winning singer and actress has just released her new album, "BETTINA MESKE - PARADISE IS NOW", featuring her own songs, and produced it for her label BMRecords. More information can be found on her website. www.bettinameske.com.

Production Team

Writer
Thomas Hermanns
Composer
Thomas Zaufke
Musical Director
Damian Omansen
Arranger
Caspar Hachfeld
Director
Fabian Gerhardt
Assistant Director
Sandra M. Heinzelmann
Choreographer
Jan Nicholas Bastel
Costume Designer
Kemal Klempic
Set Designer
Ariane Stamatescu
Make-up Artist
Lisa Neubacher
Lighting Designer
Oliver Lesky
Sound Designer
Jonathan Richter
Production Company
TH Entertainment
Production Manager
Olivia Maria Schaaf
Co-Producer
Quirin Graf Adelmann
Press Manager
Simone Uthleb

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Pfefferberg Theater

The Pfefferberg in Prenzlauer Berg is known far beyond Berlin's borders as a monument-protected architectural ensemble. It boasts a varied history: Founded in 1841 by the Bavarian brewmaster Josef Pfeffer as a brewery, the area with its over 20 buildings reflects a piece of Berlin's construction and industrial history.

After several changes of ownership, the Schultheiss Brewery AG ceased operations in 1921. The now significantly expanded building ensemble was subsequently used for various purposes: It served both for bread and chocolate production and as a production site for war electronics. During World War II, it was used as an air-raid shelter. After the end of World War II, the site again housed car workshops and large kitchens, pig farming facilities, and the printing press of the »Neues Deutschland« publishing house.

Due to damage from World War II, the ruin »Pfefferberg« was considered a socio-cultural center and hotspot of the creative scene in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Hardly any established Berlin cultural creator has not danced here.

In 2007, planning for the monument-appropriate reconstruction began. Using old bricks and steel constructions, a tension-filled synthesis of old and new building materials was created, making the biography of the place as an industrial historical monument palpable.

Between 2011 and 2013, the old beauty of the building ensemble was carefully restored. In the elaborately restored Schankhalle Pfefferberg, the Pfefferberg Theater was opened in 2013 – and finally, beer was brewed on site again in the brewpub.

Just a few minutes from Alexanderplatz. The Pfefferberg is most easily reached by public transport with the U2, stop at Senefelderplatz.

For people with mobility impairments, there is an elevator (until 12:00 AM) next to the entrance to the Pfefferberg. There is also wheelchair access from Christinenstraße.

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Schankhalle Pfefferberg

Right in the neighborhood

In the brewpub of the Schankhalle, traditional brewpub cuisine with a twist is served, along with house-brewed beers. Brewmaster Thorsten Schoppe needs only hops, malt, and water – no heat treatment, filtration, or other frills. And with sun, home-brewed, and grilled dishes, the beer garden with old trees invites you to relax … with a great view of the lively activities around Senefelderplatz. Enjoy!

SCHANKHALLE PFEFFERBERG
Schönhauser Allee 176 l 10119 Berlin

Tel.: 030 4737736 227 (Mo - Fr 10-18 Uhr)
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