One of the most successful Dutch musicals ever, Foxtrot will be revived for four performances only in Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam, from May 27 until May 30 1998.
Foxtrot is set in the thirties and has a storyline which includes the depression, unemployment, abortion, suicide, homosexuality and the threat of war. Although the storyline might suggest otherwise, Foxtrot is considered one of the glamourest, colourful and funniest musicals ever written in The Netherlands. Many of the songs have become classics, including "Sorry dat ik besta" (Sorry For My Existence), "The Dutch Don't Dance", "Niks aan de Hand" (Nothing To Worry About) and the titlesong "Foxtrot".
Foxtrot was the fourth musical written by Annie M.G. Schmidt and Harry Bannink and had it's first night on October 20, 1977 at the Theater Carre in Amsterdam. It toured the country and played more than 400 performances. The original cast was led by Willem Nijholt, who is currently starring as The Engineer in the Dutch version of Miss Saigon, and included Trudy Labij, Gerrie van der Klei and Georgette Hagendoorn. An original cast album was released on record, but has never been re-released on compact disc.
The revival of Foxtrot is being produced by Theatergezelschap Parbleu!, a semi-professional theater company which has previously revived two other Annie M.G. Schmidt / Harry Bannink musicals, Heerlijk duurt het langst (Lovely Lasts The Longest) in 1996 and En nu naar bed (And Now To Bed) in 1997. The revival cast will include Rob Pelzer, Lottie de Bruin, Hayo Sol, Merel Holl and Carla Lipp and will be directed by Tom van Rij with choreography by Myrthe Carvalho.
Foxtrot will play from May 27 until May 30, 1998 at 20.15 hours at the Cultureel Centrum Amstelveen. Tickets can be ordered at the box office, Tel.: +.31.20.547.5175. --By Maxim Bezembinder