Copyright: Marco Moog

    Große Freiheit Nr. 7


    “Große Freiheit Nr. 7” (literally an address; released in the United Kingdom as “Port of Freedom”) was the name of the 1945 film classic directed by Helmut Käutner with Hans Albers in the title role. Now, George Meyer-Goll ventures into the role of the legendary Johnny Kröger, a singing sailor who finds himself unlucky in love on land and ultimately returns to the ship. The piece premiered at the St. Pauli Theater. Songs like “On the Reeperbahn at Half Past Midnight” are known by most everyone, but how would the stage version go over? “I think that he carried it off authentically, and with his deep voice, he naturally brought a bit of himself to the part,” observed a theater guest after the show. George Meyer-Goll doesn’t simply try to imitate Hans Albers; quite the opposite. His Johnny Kröger is more fragile and sensitive than the grand original.

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