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VBW International - The Vienna Licensors of Premium Musical Productions

Take part in our success: we offer exclusive licenses of our cutting edge musical productions to leading stages all over the world. At home in Europe’s music capital Vienna.


Our passion for setting the stage for the stars has gained us international star status in our own right: as the only musical producer in German-speaking countries exporting in-house productions successfully all around the world.

As thoroughbred and passionate theater people, we absolutely love to set the stage for the stars. We would not be the people we are though, if we were not doing what we do with a little–or in fact, quite a considerable difference: our stars are not just single persons but instead an entire body of work in the form of extraordinary, innovative and highly successful musical productions.

 

By saying “highly successful,” we think we are by no means prone to exaggeration: with ELISABETH, for example, we have managed to create the world’s most successful musical production of German-speaking origin, playing in a class of its own by defining an entirely new genre–the drama musical–and setting a unique benchmark in the musical field for more than twenty years now.

 

With our productions DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, DON CAMILLO & PEPPONE, ELISABETH, MOZART!, REBECCA, RUDOLF, SCHIKANEDER – THE TURBULENT LOVE STORY BEHIND THE MAGIC FLUTE and THE VISIT we have consistently maintained our success strategy by building upon legendary and cutting-edge literary, movie and historical content, by collaborating with some of the world’s leading composers, lyricists, script writers, directors, choreographers, designers and specialists in the field and, not least, by reaching out to more than 23,5 million enthusiastic spectators worldwide.

 

Being at home in Vienna, one of the world’s most prolific cultural and musical hot spots for many centuries, our origins, our values and our commitment to uncompromising quality in every detail are decidedly rooted in Vienna’s rich and world-renowned cultural tradition. On the other hand, regarding the world as our stage and operating on a global scale, our projects, visions and ambitions are definitely modern, cutting-edge and highly innovative. Since 1996, we have been successfully exporting in-house musicals to leading stages all across the world and are continually working on new developments–as the only musical production company in German-speaking countries.

 

We are the major driving force behind establishing Vienna as one of the world’s leading musical-theater venues alongside genre pioneers such as London and New York. Our productions–DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, DON CAMILLO & PEPPONE, ELISABETH, MOZART!, REBECCA, RUDOLF, SCHIKANEDER – THE TURBULENT LOVE STORY BEHIND THE MAGIC FLUTE and THE VISIT–have brought drama, emotion, outstanding dance sequences, breathtaking set design and of course first-class music by world-renowned composers to top stages in 21 countries–from Japan to even New York’s Broadway. Total audience figures of over 23,5 million worldwide prove that first-rate content and harmonized staging are capable of creating irresistible draw all over the world. Musical productions by VBW guarantee long runs, rave reviews and mesmerized audiences, captivated by the magic of state-of-the-art musical theater.

 

Our worldwide audience’s enthusiastic applause is our most valuable reward, while the stage is our passion and success our ambition–an ambition which we definitely like to share. Therefore, if you would like to get in touch with us, please do not hesitate: we would love to hear from you, so we can set the stage for the stars–and for our mutual success–together.


Dance of the Vampires

  • World opening:

    1997 Austria / Vienna (Raimund Theater/VBW)

  • Book & Lyrics:

    Michael Kunze

  • Music & additional material:

    Jim Steinman

  • Based on the movie:

    The Fearless Vampire Killers courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.

  • Director:

    Roman Polanski

  • Productions:
    Austria / Vienna
    Austria / Vienna
    Belgium / Antwerp
    Czech Republic / Prague
    Germany / Berlin, Hamburg,
    Munich, Oberhausen, Stuttgart
    Estonia / Tallinn
    Finland / Seinäjoki, Helsinki
    France / Paris
    Hungary / Budapest
    Japan / Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya
    Poland / Warsaw
    Russia / St. Petersburg, Moscow
    Slovakia / Nitra
    Switzerland / St. Gallen
    USA / Broadway 
    1997 – 2000 (en suite)
    2009 – 2011 (en suite)
    2010 (en suite)
    2017-2018 (en suite)
    2000 – 2013,
    2016-2017 (en suite)
    2000 (en suite)
    2011 – 2012, 2016
    2014 – 2015 (en suite)
    2007 – 2017
    2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 (en suite)
    2005
    2011 – 2014, 2016-2017
    2011 (en suite)
    2017-2018
    2002 – 2003 (en suite) 
  • Shows worldwide:

    over 7,700

  • Countries:

    14 (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, USA)

  • Language Versions:

    Dutch/Flemish, Czech, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Slovak

8.200.000+ Visitors worldwide
14 Countries
7.700+ Shows worldwide

Don Camillo & Peppone

  • World opening:

    2016 Switzerland / St. Gallen

  • Book & Lyrics:

    Michael Kunze 

  • Music:

    Dario Farina 

  • Director:

    Andreas Gergen 

  • MUSICAL SUPERVISOR & ORCHESTRATION:

    Koen Schoots

  • Choreography:

    Dennis Callahan 

  • Set Design:

    Peter J. Davison 

  • Costume Design:

    Yan Tax

  • Lighting Design:

    Michael Grundner

  • Sound Design:

    Thomas Strebel

  • Musical Director:

    Koen Schoots

  • Visitors worldwide:

    110.355

  • Shows worldwide:

    151

  • Countries:

    2 (Austria, Switzerland) 

  • Language versions:

    German 

110.355+ Visitors worldwide
2 Countries
150+ Shows worldwide

Elisabeth

  • World opening:

    1992 Austria / Vienna (Theater an der Wien/VBW)

  • Book & Lyrics:

    Michael Kunze

  • Music & Orchestrations:

    Sylvester Levay

  • Director:

    Harry Kupfer

  • Visitors worldwide:

    over 11 million

  • Shows worldwide:

    over 8,400

  • Countries:

    12 (Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland)

  • Language versions:

    Dutch/Flemish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish 

11.000.000+ Visitors worldwide
12 Countries
8.400+ Shows worldwide

I Am From Austria

  • WORLD PREMIERE:

    16 September 2017, Austria / Vienna (Raimund Theater/VBW)

  • MUSIC & LYRICS:

    Rainhard Fendrich

  • BOOK & IDEA:

    Titus Hoffmann

  • BOOK & CREATIVE DEVELOPLMENT:

    Christian Struppeck

  • ARRANGEMENT & MUSICAL SUPERVISOR:

    Michael Reed

  • ORCHESTRATIONS:

    Roy Moore

  • DIRECTOR:

    Andreas Gergen

  • CHOREOGRAPHY:

    Kim Duddy

  • SET DESIGN:

    Stephan Prattes

  • COSTUME DESIGN:

    Uta Loher, Conny Lüders

  • LIGHTING DESIGN:

    Andrew Voller

  • SOUND DESIGN:

    Thomas Strebel

  • VIDEO DESIGN:

    Sönke Feick


Mozart!

  • World opening:

    1999 Austria / Vienna (Theater an der Wien/VBW) 

  • Book & Lyrics:

    Michael Kunze 

  • Music & Orchestration:

    Sylvester Levay 

  • Director:

    Harry Kupfer, Dennis Callahan (Co-Director 2015) 

  • Choreography:

    Dennis Callahan 

  • Set Design:

    Hans Schavernoch 

  • Costume Design:

    Yan Tax 

  • Lighting Design:

    Franz Peter David (1999), Jürgen Hoffmann (2015) 

  • Sound Design:

    Tony Meola (1999), Thomas Strebel (2015) 

  • Video Design:

    Thomas Reimer (2015) 

  • Musical Director:

    Caspar Richter (1999), Koen Schoots (2015) 

  • Total visitors worldwide:

    over 2,2 million 

  • Shows worldwide:

    over 2,200 

  • Countries:

    9 (Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Sweden) 

  • Language versions:

    Czech, Dutch/Flemish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish 

2.200.000+ Visitors worldwide
9 Countries
2.200+ Shows worldwide

Rebecca

  • World opening:

    2006 Austria / Vienna (Raimund Theater/VBW) 

  • Book & Lyrics:

    Michael Kunze 

  • Music & Orchestrations:

    Sylvester Levay 

  • Musical Supervisor:

    Seann Alderking 

  • Based on the novel:

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

  • Director:

    Francesca Zambello 

  • Choreography:

    Denni Sayers 

  • Set Design:

    Peter J. Davison 

  • Costume Design:

    Birgit Hutter 

  • Lighting Design:

    Andrew Voller 

  • Sound Design:

    Hendrik Maassen 

  • Video Design:

    Sven Ortel 

  • Musical Director:

    Caspar Richter 

  • Visitors worldwide:

    over 1.6 million 

  • Shows worldwide:

    over 1,800 

  • Countries:

    12 (Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland) 

  • Language versions:

    Czech, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Swedish 

1.500.000+ Visitors worldwide
11 Countries
1,800+ Shows worldwide

Rudolf

  • World opening:

    2006 Hungary / Budapest

  • Book & Lyrics:

    Jack Murphy

  • Additional Lyrics:

    Nan Knighton

  • Music:

    Frank Wildhorn

  • Story by:

    Frank Wildhorn & Phoebe Hwang 

  • Concept by:

    Frank Wildhorn & Steve Cuden 

  • Orchestrations:

    Kim Scharnberg 

  • Arrangements & additinal orchestrations & musical supervisor:

    Koen Schoots 

  • Based on the novel:

    A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888–1889 by Frederic Morton 

  • Director:

    David Leveaux 

  • Choreography:

    John O'Connell 

  • Set Design:

    Mike Britton 

  • Costume Design:

    Laura Hopkins 

  • Lighting Design:

    Patrick Woodroffe 

  • Sound Design:

    Hendrik Maassen 

  • Musical Director:

    Caspar Richter 

  • Visitors worldwide:

    over 540,000 

  • Shows worldwide:

    over 650 

  • Countries:

    4 (Austria, Hungary, Japan, South Korea) 

  • Language versions:

    German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean 

540,000+ Visitors worldwide
4 Countries
600+ Shows worldwide

Schikaneder

  • World opening:

    2016 Austria / Vienna (Raimund Theater/VBW)

  • Music & Lyrics:

    Stephen Schwartz

  • Book:

    Christian Stuppeck

  • Director:

    Trevor Nunn

  • Choreography:

    Anthony van Laast

  • Set and Costume Design:

    Anthony Ward

  • German Version:

    Michael Kunze

  • Musical Supervisor:

    Koen Schoots

  • Orchestration:

    David Cullen

  • Lighting Design:

    Paul Pyant

  • Sound Design:

    Gareth Owen


The Visit

  • World opening Open Air Version:

    2013 Switzerland, Thun (Thun Festival) 

  • World opening Theater Version:

    2014 Austria / Vienna (Ronacher/VBW) 

  • Book & Creative Development:

    Christian Struppeck 

  • Lyrics:

    Wolfgang Hofer 

  • Music:

    Moritz Schneider & Michael Reed 

  • Arrangement & Musical Supervisor:

    Michael Reed 

  • Orchestrations:

    Michael Reed, Roy Moore & Martin Gellner 

  • Based on the play:

    Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Visit) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt 

  • Director:

    Andreas Gergen 

  • Choreography:

    Simon Eichenberger 

  • Set Design:

    Peter J. Davison 

  • Costume Design:

    Uta Loher & Conny Lüders 

  • MakeUp:

    Ronald Fahm 

  • Lighting Design:

    Mark McCullough 

  • Sound Design:

    Thomas Strebel 

  • Musical Director:

    Koen Schoots 

  • Visitors worldwide:

    over 230,000 

  • Shows worldwide:

    over 250 

  • Countries:

    3 (Austria, Japan, Switzerland) 

  • Language versions:

    German, Japanese 

200,000+ Visitors worldwide
3 Countries
200+ Shows worldwide