Hamburg - Musical metropolis

Disneys Der König der Löwen

The iconic music by Elton John in combination with the breathtaking world of Africa already delighted 13 million visitors in “Disney’s The Lion King” – until today almost every performance is sold out. The sun-yellow theatre stands out with its color and is a grown part of the harbor silhouette.
MAMMA MIA! - The musical in Hamburg

22 superhits tell an atmospheric and stirring story about love, family and friendship. Who likes ABBA, will love "MAMMA MIA!"
WICKED!- The musical in Hamburg

In October 2020 the time has come: WICKED-The Musical is coming back to us.
Pretty Woman

One of the best known and most enchanting cinema love stories ever is now in Hamburg as a musical - Fall in love again!
TINA- The Tina Turner Musical

The one and only Tina Turner Musical is coming to Hamburg in 2019. Featuring her much loved songs, TINA reveals the untold story of a women who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
Die Königs vom Kiez

The musical with a comedic twist tells the story of a family in St. Pauli. The four kids of the seven-headed family try everything to make ends meet. When they are threatened with an action of eviction, their fate seems sealed - but: the Kiez stands united!
Heiße Ecke

The musical „Heiße Ecke“ at Schmidts Tivoli delights the audience since its premiere 2003. At the bar counter of the snack bar “Heiße Ecke” all locals from St. Pauli come together und the musical shows the normal everyday madness on the Reeperbahn. Every evening the actors slip into over 50 different roles.

Offering top-class entertainment, moving stories and catchy tunes, Hamburg’s musicals attract 2 million visitors every year. Hamburg is the world’s third-biggest musical city just after New York and London, and an end to this musical boom is not in sight.

The new musical theatre, which was built on the banks of the Elbe right next to the yellow musical theatre of Disney's The Lion King, looks like a silver UFO. Until the beginning of January 2017, the lettering "Das Wunder von Bern" (The Miracle of Bern) was displayed on the theatre on the Elbe. The football musical celebrated its world premiere in Hamburg in November 2014 - a moving father-son story against the backdrop of the 1954 World Cup, based on the film adaptation by Sönke Wortmann. The musical was already the third in-house production from the musical metropolis of Hamburg. From 2018 to 2019, the theatre welcomed the Broadway musical Mary Poppins, which takes its visitors on a journey through the history of the Banks family and their enchanting nanny.  At the end of September 2019, PRETTY WOMAN - DAS MUSICAL moved in, bringing to life the love story that has touched an entire generation. Since March 2019 the Stage Operettenhaus has hosted the musical TINA. Never before has the life and music story of the world-famous "Queen of Rock" Tina Turner been told so authentically, vividly and powerfully. At the end of September 2020, TINA says goodbye and makes room for a comeback in a class of its own: MAMMA MIA! is coming back to the North. 22 super hits from ABBA such as "Dancing Queen", "Super Trouper" and of course "Mamma Mia" tell the story so atmospherically that a furious pleasure full of happiness was created, which even Hollywood became aware of. Thus, 18 years after its German premiere in 2002, the musical returns to the Hanseatic city!
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PARAMOUR can currently be seen in the Neue Flora: The first musical of the legendary Canadian circus makes the golden era of Hollywood, in which the stars shone brighter and glamour glittered even more, come alive in an overwhelming way: colourful, rousing and in the spectacular heights where the artists of Cirque du Soleil, far from all gravity, make the air their stage. In October, WICKED - The Musical moves into the New Flora. The world-famous Broadway musical surprises with stunning stage design, new effects and newly designed costumes. WICKED is all about the magic between good and evil and the adventurous journey of the two witches Elphaba and Glinda.

From Revue Shows to Musicals

On the famous Reeperbahn entertainment mile, Hamburg’s residents have always had a weak spot for popular music. The late 19th century saw the rise of numerous private theatres and opera houses in Hamburg’s St Pauli district, where jaunty light operas, musical comedies and revue shows such as Freddy Quinn’s “Der Junge von St Pauli” would be performed. Today, the popular Schmidts Tivoli theatre, which is now situated on Spielbudenplatz just beside the St Pauli Theater, continues this tradition with its St Pauli musical Heisse Ecke.

On the far side of Spielbudenplatz you will find the Operettenhaus – the venue that started Hamburg’s musical boom in 1986, when the hugely successful musical "Cats" premiered. This boom also helped revive the legendary Reeperbahn entertainment mile. When, in 2001, "Cats" gave its final performance, the Operettenhaus recorded a total of 6.2 million guests, and Hamburg had become Germany’s musical capital. The second of Hamburg’s musical theatres was the Neue Flora, which was built in 1990 and featured the "Phantom of the Opera", which soon turned Hamburg into a popular destination for musical lovers from all over Germany.

Melodies for the Millions

For Dutch company Stage Entertainment this was the ideal time to establish their head office in Hamburg. Germany’s biggest musical production company is housed in a red-brick building in the Speicherstadt, Hamburg’s historic warehouse district. In 2001, Stage Entertainment’s founder, Joop van den Ende, laureate of the Gustaf Gründgens Award 2012, acquired the Theater im Hafen on the far side of St Pauli Landungsbrücken. He then brought Disney’s Lion King to Hamburg – arguably the most successful of all musicals to date. The hits of Elton John mixed with an African fantasy setting have lured 13 million visitors to the River Elbe, and almost every performance is still being sold out.

It wasn’t long until Stage Entertainment also acquired the Operettenhaus and the Neue Flora theatre. Since then, Stage Entertainment has brought numerous German first performances to Hamburg, among them box office hits such as "Sister Act", "Dirty Dancing", "Tarzan", "Dance of the Vampires" and "Mamma Mia".

Hamburg – the City of Musicals

Today, you cannot really imagine Hamburg without its musicals. Since 2012, the Operettenhaus, which started the boom 25 years ago, had been the venue for "Rocky – The Musical" – the first musical to be developed in Hamburg. In co-production with Stage Entertainment, it was Sylvester Stallone who, together with world-class boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, brought this award-winning story about boxing legend Rocky Balboa to the stage. For Hamburg as a musical city, this world premiere marked a new era: in the spring of 2014, "Rocky" was the first musical production from Germany to sweep New York’s famous Broadway – and it soon received the Tony Award, the world’s most renowned musical award, in the Best Scenic Design category. Disney’s Aladdin celebrated its Europe premier in December 2015. Featuring Arabian Nights, a Genie and three wishes, this Broadway hit musical was also bestowed with a Tony Award in 2015. Furthermore the Tina: the musical takes place in the Stage Operettenhaus, starting in spring 2019, telling the breathtaking, untold Story About the Queen of Rock'n Roll: Tina Turner.

The musicals The Lion King and the new musical  Pretty Woman complete the musical landscape with both of the theaters in the Harbour directly at the bank of the River Elbe. Both the show Heiße Ecke and Die Königs vom Kiez are situated right in the area of St. Pauli presenting their stories around this and in the area of the famous Kiez and Reeperbahn district.

External Links