Born in Chemnitz, Gerd Natschinski (1928 – 2015) was a true master in his field. You noticed it again at the Thursday premiere of his biggest musical hit “My Friend Bunbury” on the park stage right next to Gera’s opera house.

Born in Chemnitz, Gerd Natschinski (1928 – 2015) was a true master in his field. You noticed it again at the Thursday premiere of his biggest musical hit “My Friend Bunbury” on the park stage right next to Gera’s opera house.

The weather cooperated and so the Salvation Army troops in London were able to walk dry through the 200 spectator seats, which were set up at a distance and were not fully occupied. Musicians from the Philharmonic Orchestra performed in a marquee under the direction of Thomas Wicklein to the right of the also covered stage.

On the stage (material: Elena Köhler, direction: Annalisa Canton) there were a few moving elements of the set ready to quickly switch between the rue de Londres and the ambience of a station forecourt for the Salvation Army and the living room. for the nobility.

And to make room when the legs of the girls and boys in the Revue should fly away or Cecily (Miriam Zubieta) made her appearance as the Sunshine Girl. She leads a double life (Salvation Army here, magazine star there), like the police writer (Kai Wefer), who uses eponymous friend Bunbury as the quintessential personified excuse.

Cecily’s tutor, Jack (Alexander Kerbst) also gives the Salvation Army soldiers to the outside world, but looks for the right match. Her name is Gwendolen (Claudia Müller), but according to her aunt Lady Bracknall (Juliane Bookhagen), she should not be married under her status. When someone then uses the pseudonym for themselves, the confusion over the happy ending meaning (what else) really picks up. The fact that the butler (Johannes Emmrich), who works three days a week as Jeremias for some and as John for three days for others, is really called Bunbury, then is the icing on the cake of the comedy ice cream. cream.

The story works – if only because it’s based on a model by Oscar Wilde, whose name means perfect boulevard theater with seated punchlines and the right rhythm.

But the decisive factor for certain success is the music. It’s always on fire, hits follow one another, and you can choose the catchy tune that you tweet to yourself when you leave the theater. The title song “My friend Bunbury” is available in several versions. The languid “Just like you” sounds as classically musical as “Picadilly” or “Sunshine Girl”. In general, almost everything here looks like the world class that was so popular back then. But it is “Made in RDA”! Premiered in 1964 at the Metropolitan Theater in East Berlin. You read it and you hardly believe it. If only Jack Worthing stacked high with his alleged travels around the world. Three years after the wall was built, none of the goals were actually achievable for the public. And the place of the action – London – of course not either.

It is incomprehensible that “My Friend Bunbury” does not have a regular place in the repertoire of opera houses, at least in the east of the republic!

The next “My Friend Bunbury” concerts will take place on August 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

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