Sunday evening, November 28th 1999, Duisburg, about 7.30pm
What a beginning! At 7.25pm the curtain was still down, there was just
the very little noise the ensemble made behind it - and the audience started
apllauding. It did not take long until the whole theater gave FOUR minutes
standing ovations - though nothing had happened up to that moment! After
a short speech of theater-manager the show began:
MICHAEL LEWIS (Marius) was better than all the young students
in love from all over the world were before. Together with LILLIAN
MARTI as Cosettehe made the originally boring Rue Plumet-scene to
one of the most memorable. And Lewis had another creative idea: While
"A Heart Full of Love" he pulled surprisingly a rose out of
his jacket and gave it to the astonished Cosette Marti. Seeing these scenes
veryone can undersatand that there is the rumour that Lewis and Marti
shall have had an love-affair.
After the curtain had been opened for the third time (!!) the whole company Company (inclusive all swings it were 32 performers that were onstage)gave an encore. During the final "Will you join in our crusade" the entire audience stood up and clapped to the music! And exactly this passage of the epilogue was the encore that the whole audience (1550 people) sang along! After 25 minutes of standing ovations (!!) the people left the theater for the last time!