A captivating musical blend of Berlin jazz, Hungarian gypsy music, Viennese melodies and Yiddish klezmer, Ball at the Savoy tells a crazy story about a newly-married couple whose loyalty is put to the test. A sparkling spectacle – and right at the centre are three of the greatest operetta stars of our day: Dagmar Manzel, Katharine Mehrling and Helmut Baumann! »This evening will become a cult classic! (...) Everything comes together perfectly: the singing, the set, the costumes – a gripping, fast-moving production brought to us by the artistic director!« [FAZ]
In the repertoire since 9 Jun 2013
Duration: 3 hours, 15 minutes (one intermission)
Introduction 30 minutes before the beginning of the performance, Foyer
They spent one whole year travelling the world on honeymoon. Now Madeleine and Aristide de Faublas, blissfully in love, return to their home in Nice, where they are welcomed by friends as well as their domestics Bébé and Archibald. But no sooner is Aristide back at home than his gallivanting past catches up with him: he receives a telegram from a former lover, the tango dancer Tangolita, insisting that he come to the annual ball at the Savoy that very evening. With the help of his friend Mustafa Bey, attaché at the Turkish embassy and after six divorces an acknowledged expert when it comes to women, he finds a pretext enabling him to go to the ball and leave his wife at home. Madeleine sees through the ploy and decides to attend the ball herself, in disguise. She is supported by her friend Daisy Darlington, who has made a career as a jazz composer under the male pseudonym »José Pasodoble« and intends to reveal her true identity at the ball.
At the ball Aristide first flirts with an unknown woman – Madeleine in a mask – before disappearing with Tangolita into a chambre separée. Madeleine takes revenge: she sweeps the young lawyer Célestin Formant off his feet and invites him into the separée next door. At the climax of the ball Daisy reveals her identity and announces her engagement to Mustafa Bey, while Madeleine declares in front of everyone that she has just cheated on her husband. Divorce seems inevitable and Aristide summons his lawyer. It is Célestin who appears as the latter’s representative. He reveals no details about his evening with the mysterious lady. Daisy finally gets Madeleine to admit that nothing actually happened between her and Célestin. Marital bliss can start all over again ...