Monday, 30 May 2016

The Miracle (Das Mirakel 1911) written by the German playwright Karl Vollmöller and directed by Max Reinhardt at New York Century Theater in 1924

Scenes from The Miracle (Das Mirakel, first published in 1911) written by the German playwright Karl Vollmöller (1878-1948) and directed by Max Reinhardt at New York Century Theater in 1924














Bertram Park. [Diana, Viscountess Norwich (Lady Diana Cooper) as the Madonna in The Miracle] 1924

 





Visionary artist Norman Bel Geddes designed these costumes from the The Miracle. Bel Geddes also designed the scenery, which replicated a Cathedral and featured burning incense (original sketches were recently on exhibit in the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future). The Miracle was written by Max Reinhardt, who was a leading pioneer in the German Expressionist movement. The play was co-written by Karl Gustav Vollmöller, who also wrote the film Blue Angel (which launched Marlene Deitrich’s career). Diana, Viscountess Norwich, who played the statue Madonna, was one of the more famous socialites of her time, running in avant-garde circles with the “Lost Generation.”

"What eventually became the signature piece of the Salzburg Festival, Hofmannsthal’s Everyman, is particularly well represented, as is Goethe’s Faust and Goldoni’s A Servant of Two Masters. The best-known American productions are undoubtedly Karl Vollmoeller’s The Miracle, Weill/Werfel’s The Eternal Road, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both in its stage and screen versions. Plays directed by close Reinhardt theater associates such as Heinz Herald, Felix Hollaender, Ernst Matray, and Richard Vallentin are also featured. Theatrical venues in both Europe and the United States are well represented."

"Der mehr als zwei Jahrzehnte anhaltende Erfolg seines „Mirakels“, eines sprachlosen und damit in jeder Sprache ohne Probleme verständlichen Theaterstücks, gab ihm recht. Zwischen 1911 und 1932 wurde das Mirakel weltweit vor einem Millionenpublikum aufgeführt, 1924 allein ein ganzes Jahr lang, Tag für Tag ununterbrochen am Broadway in New York. Die Musik zum „Mirakel“ komponierte Engelbert Humperdinck, nachdem Richard Strauss einen Rückzieher gemacht hatte."

"Visionary artist Norman Bel Geddes designed these costumes from the The Miracle. Bel Geddes also designed the scenery, which replicated a Cathedral and featured burning incense (original sketches were recently on exhibit in the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future). The Miracle was written by Max Reinhardt, who was a leading pioneer in the German Expressionist movement. The play was co-written by Karl Gustav Vollmöller, who also wrote the film Blue Angel (which launched Marlene Deitrich’s career). Diana, Viscountess Norwich, who played the statue Madonna, was one of the more famous socialites of her time, running in avant-garde circles with the “Lost Generation.”"

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