Borchert to Star in World Premiere of Wildhorn's Count of Monte Cristo

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18 Feb 2009

Frank Wildhorn
Frank Wildhorn
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German musical theatre star Thomas Borchert will head the cast of the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy's The Count of Monte Cristo, which begins performances March 14 at Switzerland's Theatre of St. Gallen.

Borchert performed the title role in the European premiere of Wildhorn's Dracula in St. Gallen and has also appeared in productions of Cats, Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Elisabeth.

Andreas Gergen directs Monte Cristo, which is based on the Alexandre Dumas novel and several of the novel's screen adaptations.

The Count of Monte Cristo, according to press notes, is described as such: "Edmond Dantès is arrested through the unscrupulousness of his rivals Mondego and Danglar, and is sentenced by judge Villefort. While innocent Dantès languishes in jail for many years, Danglar is promoted to baron and banker. Villefort has made it to crown prosecutor, and Mondego is not only married to Mercédès, Dantès’ fiancée, but has become a Paris' top society member. Meanwhile in the prison, Edmond becomes a docile disciple of Abbé Faria, who shortly before his death, makes him heir of the treasure on the isle of Monte Cristo. Dantès manages to escape, and he swears bitter revenge."

Tony Award-nominated composer Wildhorn is known for his pop scores to the Broadway musicals Dracula, The Civil War (with lyricist Murphy), The Scarlet Pimpernel and Jekyll & Hyde. He also contributed three songs to Broadway's Victor/Victoria.



Wildhorn and Murphy were nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Score for The Civil War. The show was later adapted into a concert/theatre piece called For the Glory.

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