“This is not music,” said the theater director, covering his ears as The Merry Widow was presented to him. The year was 1905 and the authors were asked to leave the Theater an der Wien immediately.
With unwavering faith in their work, they remained despite everything and fought under impossible conditions. Against all odds, the creators, along with the ensemble, pushed The Merry Widow to its premiere. The low budget production which later became the most played and loved operetta in the world.
Pang Boom Crash – a Widow is Born is a riveting story about the people behind the hit. About the passion for music and performing arts in a euphoric and contradictory period at the beginning of the last century. In a pre-war era where arms race and nationalism lurked beneath the innocent surface. A development then that is reminiscent of Europe today. Andrea Tarrodi’s newly composed music is a bridge to the classic and well-known music from The Merry Widow by Franz Lehàr. A rare musical meeting between past and present with text by Andreas Boonstra. After an idea by Jonas Nerbe.
Quote from the press
“The free group SthlmsMusikTeater do always makes exciting things.”
“Pang Boom Crash cooks new and socially critical music drama on a marry old widow.”
“The ensemble is full of wit. It is full of joy here”
“A happy marriage: Andrea Tarrodi’s elegant and rhythmically broken melody lines against the troll-friendly waltz”
“The music is a rap and fun synthesis between the sound world of the turn of the last century and the composer Andrea Tarrodi’s own cabaret mood.”
“The music-making quintet where Franz Lehár’s notes are interleaved with Andrea Tarrodi’s curious and probing music, phrases that seem to be in conversation with their predecessor from the turn of the last century”
Robert Noack, Tenor – Franz Lehár
Agnes Wästfelt, Soprano– Mizzi Günther
Jonas Nerbe, Tenor – Louis Treuman
Astrid Banck Linderoth, Soprano – Annie Wünsch
Oskar Roslund, Tenor – Karl Meister
Oskar Treitler – Violin
Bartosz Cajler – Violin
Maria Jonsson – Viola
Josef Alin – Cello
Margreet Houtman – Clarinet