Stardust has an extensive reputation in the area of theatre productions. Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam has usually been the main stage for our performances.
Stardust made a name for itself with its original musical productions, like Rembrandt the Musical (produced to celebrate the master-painter’s 400th birthday, it won two Musical Awards), Josephine (about Josephine Baker, followed by a European tour), The Sound of Motown, A Night at the Cotton Club (also in London), Mahalia (about Mahalia Jackson) and the Glory of Gospel.
We have also produced many well-known musicals such as; Grease, La Cage aux Folles and the very successful Annie (national tour and in London). Some of the productions were not just presented in the Netherlands but also in Belgium, Germany and Engeland. The mother of all musicals: Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess was presented in several cities (Berlin, Amsterdam and Munich) by Stardust and will return to the Netherlands in February and March 2015.
Stardust has brought some of the most famous balletcompanies to the Netherlands: The London Royal Ballet (with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nurejev), the Bolshoi Ballet, the Spanish Antonio Gades and company, The Harlem Dance Theatre, The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Carmen – La Vuadra de Sevilla and the renowed Kirov Ballet, with its own orchestra from the Mariinsky Theatre from St. Petersburg.
In the recent past Stardust hosted Maurice Béjart’s dance company and Alicia Alonso’s National Ballet of Cuba. With the Russian Tsjaikovsky Perm Ballet and Orchestra they brought The World’s Biggest Swanlake World to, i.a. Amsterdam, Munich and Antwerp. The Shanghai National Ballet will perform The World’s Biggest Swanlake in December 2015
We have presented The Grand Gala of Dance by Alicia Alonso’s National Ballet from Cuba, the grand concert program: Christmas Proms, and Carmen from Ramón Oller’s Companyia Métros.
A number of companies, like the Mariinsky Ballet and the Perm Ballet, return to the Netherlands regularly, for a unique run of shows.
During the Musical Awards Gala in 2010, Henk van der Meijden received a Life-Time Achievement Award from Joop van den Ende, for his contribution to the theatre landscape with original productions such as Rembrandt de Musical and Josephine. In his acceptance speech Henk told the audience that he is absolutely not thinking about retiring anytime soon. He will continue to let his creativity and passion for theatre run free in the future. This statement is still very true today.
Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus, Dmitry Belogolovtsev
fotograaf Igor Zaharkin
Rembrandt de Musical, fotograaf Roy Beusker
Henk van der Meyden, fotograaf Roy Beusker