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Orbit - His­to­ry of a Band

Comedy with live music based on a probably true incident by Philipp Löhle

Directed by: Christian Brey

Sunday, 28/04/2024

07.00 PM - 09.50 PM

with one break

for the last time in this season


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While researching local history, house author Philipp Löhle came across the Franconian band "Orbit", which was formed in the 1970s and existed until the mid-1980s. The history of this less-successful and yet completely, unjustly forgotten musical formation took place mainly in rehearsal cellars in and around Nuremberg. Here they wrote a little piece of music history in their very own way, with songs that are rousing and way ahead of their time. The research project follows the traces of the band and its seemingly bizarre history. In doing so, it not only roams through the personal biographies of the musicians, but also through two decades of unsettled history of the Federal Republic, which is reflected in the music of the local artists, and brings to life a time in which live music stands for the attitude to life of an entire generation. A piece of show based on a true incident, with a live band of ensemble members and directed by comedy specialist Christian Brey.

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Bühne, Kostüme




Tontechnische Konzeption, musikalische Mitarbeit

Dates and cast

Cast on 28/04/2024

Ottmar Fittich

Rolf Pfuhlhaag

Burkhart "Bucki" Lobmann

Isi (Isolde) Firn (1972-1974), Biggi Gipfel (eigentlich: Brigitte Hoschberg) (ab 1974)

Thomas Schmauchl

Gustl, Glaser, Rio Reiser, Taxifahrer, Herr Aumüller u.a.

Hasso Krüger

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Press reviews
Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung

„Justus Pfannkuch, Amadeus Köhli, Nicolas Frederick Djuren, Pola Jane O’Mara und Sascha Tuxhorn (eigentlich alle Schauspieler) ergeben eine tolle Band, beherrschen ihre Instrumente so gut, dass die Klangflächen nicht splittern und haben sogar noch Gesangs-Stimmen (besonders beeindruckend: Nicolas Frederick Djuren)“

Herbert Heinzelmann, Nürnberger Nachrichten


„Die höchst unterhaltsame Rock-Show lebt vom inszenatorischen Tempo des Regisseurs Christian Brey, von Löhles skurrilem Wortwitz und von den perfekt musizierenden Schauspielern.“

Wolfgang Reitzammer,

Süddeutsche Zeitung

„Aus dem, was (Löhle) fand, machte er ein Stück um eine äußerst produktive Musikgruppe namens Orbit, der Text ist hoch im Tempo, die Dialoge greifen wie Zahnrädchen ineinander. Thomas Esser holte viel Musik dazu und Christian Brey inszenierte es auf der großen Bühne. Herausgekommen ist etwas, dass das Zeug zum Publikumserfolg hat, sozusagen ein Multi-Hits-Wonder. (...) Also bitteschön: Nürnberg hat seine eigene, herrlich verquere Komödie mit Musik.“

Yvonne Poppek, Süddeutsche Zeitung

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