Premiere January 14, 2021, WDR Rundfunkhaus Cologne (DE)

The witch Elphaba is green, the beast is hairy and has two horns on its head, and Quasimodo guards Notre-Dame as a hunchbacked bell ringer. What these three film and musical characters have in common: they are all outsiders in the society, are hunted with torches and are ridiculed. But they do exist, the Belles, Glindas and Esmeraldas of this world, who rescue the sad characters from their isolation and loneliness and thus write modern fairy tales. This concert program, the WDR Funkhausorchester dedicates to the anti-heroes of the film and musical world - from "Wicked" to "Beauty and the Beast", from "The Hunchback of the Notre Dame" to "Frozen". Happy ending guaranteed!

Anti Helden Konzert

Images © Disney & Dreamworks, Composition © Annechien Koerselman

Credits Cast & Crew

Reviews

Kulturfeder, Dominik Lapp, January 15, 2021

It turns out to be a good idea that the sound direction of the WDR decided to play in applause after every song - because with the first-class performance of all those involved, it would be a shame if they were suffocated in the silence of the empty hall. In any case, the sound is excellent and the images are always sharp - this makes streaming really fun.
But not only with this last song, but also with the varied overall program, the participants let the sun rise for an hour and a half and so at least briefly kidnapped the audience from the paralyzing state of the corona pandemic. A welcome balm for the soul.

Kulturfeder

Kulturaspekte, Andrea Martin, January 16, 2021

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The fairytale "Beauty and the Beast" with its enchanting title melody, beautifully sung by Bettina Mönch & amp;Dominik Hees and played by the WDR Funkhausorechestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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The WDR Funkhausorchestra presents "Under the Sea", the swinging song from the Disneymovie Ariel, with which ocean dwellers try to convince mermaid Ariel that her underwater life offers more than enough. But everyone knows that heroes' deep desires cannot be curbed. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits conducted by Maestro Frank Strobel here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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With the hopeful song "Go the distance" from "Hercules", heroes (and aren't we all) keep their spirits up. Sung by Dominik Hees and played by the WDR Funkhausorechestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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"You'll Be In My Heart" - one of the most famous songs written by Phil Collins for the movie "Tarzan", sung by Bettina Mönch & Dominik Hees and played by the WDR Funkhausorechestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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"Friend like Me" shows the basic ingredients for good heroism: humor and friendship. Sung by Dominik Hees and played by the WDR Funkhausorechestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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Quasimodo and Esmeralda find each other in a moving hymn for a better world. Performed by Bettina Mönch and Dominik Hees, the WDR Funkhausorchestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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Heroine Vaiana from the eponymous Disney film is unafraid. She follows the call of the sea (and that of her grandmother) and ultimately liberates her people from a disaster. How Far I'll Go is sung by Bettina Mönch, together with the WDR Funkhausorchestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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Before Fiona and Shrek, both antiheroes, discover that they are actually heroes in love, they first have to have a loud fight in "I think I got you Beat", sung by Bettina Mönch and Dominik Hees and played by the WDR Funkhausorchestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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Elton John's Love Song, created for the Disney picture The Lion King, sung by Bettina Mönch and Dominik Hees and played by the WDR Funkhausorchestra under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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The WDR Funkhausorchestra is presenting "Another Day of Sun", titlesong of the movie Lala Land under the lead of Maestro Frank Strobel. One can now enjoy the entire "Hero's Journey" concert with the greatest film and musical hits here: https://youtu.be/oD7OXKSdu6s. A happy ending guaranteed!

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