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Franz Wittenbrink

Performance 10/13/2018  |  Musical revue by Franz Wittenbrink

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Musical revue by Franz Wittenbrink | Playing time ca. 2 1/4 hours | One intermission

In the era of political correctness, the word »secretary« is very nearly sacrilegious. Say it out loud, and it brings to mind a primly-dressed young woman whose duties might very well include making coffee, telephoning for hours on end while perfectly applying nail polish, and reminding her boss it’s his wife’s birthday – even as she accompanies him on his various work-related travels. (All this, of course, with the slightest touch of naïveté.) Or it might bring to mind images of an iron-fisted old maid, guarding the entrance to her boss’ office as if she were Cerberus guarding the gates of the underworld.

In Franz Wittenbrink’s revue »Secretaries«, we learn firsthand that these administrative assistants have hidden talents. A gaggle of girls in a large, open office space pass the doldrums of the workday with classic numbers and torch songs from Cole Porter to Eros Ramazotti and Herbert Grönemeyer, and from the Andrews Sisters to Hildegard Knef and Caterina Valente. Wittenbrink’s work has been a huge success, winning back fans for the musical revue genre since the ‘90s.


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