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Oct 23, 2008

André Rieu and Van den Ende Discuss a Maastricht Theater


Rieu and Van den Ende Talk About a Maastricht Theater

Orchestra Leader André Rieu and Theater Tycoon Joop van den Ende are Talking About Working Together To Erect a Huge Theater in Maastricht
Maastricht Netherlands October 23, 2008 By John Hoofs

The contact between the two champions of the entertainment industry came about after Van den Ende, during an episode of "Summer Guests" on television, had talked very enthusiastically about the Maastricht world star.
Since then, they have spoken several times about the chances of a commercial entertainment theater in the Maastricht inland harbor "t Bassin". The location is near the former site of the Sphinx, which is being converted into a residential and working district with new cultural facilities.

In principle, there already is an agreement between Van den Ende and the city of Maastricht. The producer of successful musicals does not want to invest in a theater, but has promised shows and other international productions for 200 days per year, as long as the construction is financed by others.
Such exploitations are far too narrow a basis for developers to come on board. The municipality is currently examining how the program can be strengthened. They are looking into the possibility if André Rieu could also fill a substantial number of evenings in the theater.
That also fits with his own career planning. Rieu still wants to travel around the world with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for about five more years, after which he would love to see the world visit him ~ in Maastricht ~ in his "Own" Music Theater.

Thanks to John for finding and translating this for us!

1 comment:

Ineke Holland said...

Wow! Within five years a permanent music theater in Maastricht, where Andre likes to perform, that is not bad! Together with the news that Pierre married and maybe grandchildren are coming soon.... (Andre said that in the Joh.B. Kerner show). It totally fits Andre's plans for the future. But of course he'll first conquer Australia, South America and South Africa with his music and charisma!! After 5 years he'll be more often in Holland, and he expects the fans to come to Maastricht. I am considering to start a traveling agency for Andre Rieu fans!! I ask Adele to be the tour leader and Mireille to do the entertainment. It won't be boring trips. Okay girls??

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