Musical “Alma und das Genie” in Webster Vienna’s Atrium
On Wednesday, March 30th for the first time ever, a musical, “Alma und das Genie” was performed at Webster Vienna. This event can be seen as a teaser for a series of events called ““Webster Wenkheim Wednesdays “ that are planned to take place from Fall 2016 and onwards and as Director Bernd Marin stated it was: “An opportunity to open the doors to the community of the 2nd district and merge university education with cultural events.”
The satiric musical with two performers is about the life of Alma Mahler-Werfel, a famous figure in Viennese history as she was the muse and wife to many important creative geniuses of her time. Born in 1879, she was there when the Art Nouveau movement became hip and through her father, a well-known painter himself, she had connections to the artistic world from an early age on.
Her lust for life and her beauty made her much sought-after and she was close to many of the most influential creative people at the time, from famous musicians (Gustav Mahler and Alexander Zemlinsky) to painters (Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka), novelists (Gerhard Hauptmann and Franz Werfel) and architects (Walter Gropius) – she was one of a kind. Married three times, she fled Europe with her third husband, Franz Werfel to escape the Nazis and finally settled in the U.S. where she died in 1964.
50 years following her death Tom van Hasselt wrote the Musical “Alma und das Genie”, which won the prize for best lyrics at the “German Musical Theatre Price 2015”. They are on tour now with this musical throughout Germany and Austria. Nini Stadlmann, who performs Alma, was extremely pleased to perform in Vienna and especially in the 2nd district, as she is native Viennese and she told the audience that her father was born just around the corner from Webster Vienna.
An enticing evening with over 90 visitors will definitely set a great tone for future events of the “Webster Wenkheim Wednesdays Series”!