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an assistant director at the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus he had the
opportunity of working with several reknowned German directors, and
collaborated on the European Premiere of 'Childen of a Lesser God'.
He had his German directing debut with the first German production of
Sam Shepard's 'True West', and his many directing credits include 'A
Streetcar Named Desire' in his own new German translation, as well the
German premiere of Terence McNally's 'Master Class' at the Staatstheater
In his 16-year artistic collaboration with singer/comedienne Ortrud Beginnen, James Edward Lyons co-wrote and staged numerous satirical cabaret shows, beginning in 1983 at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, under artistic director Claus Peymann. During a wave of neonazi violence in Germany in 1993, Lyons and Beginnen brought their biting satire 'Wir Maedel singen'('Sing, German Maidens!') to the stage of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. In their commissioned play for the prestigious Burgtheater in Vienna, 'The Crown Jewels', Beginnen portraited a madwoman who reinstates the Austrian monarchy.
the death of Ortrud Beginnen in 1999, Lyons has gone on to put together
a number of successful musical biographies and revues, including
the 1920's German cabaret singer Claire Waldoff, western legend Calamity
Jane, and 60's rock singer Janis Joplin. For the
Rheingau Music Festival he wrote and staged musical portraits
of the composer Ralph Benatzky ('The White Horse Inn') and operetta
legend Fritzi Massary. His authorized musical portrait of the
singer-actress Hildegard Knef, 'Fuer mich soll's rote Rosen regnen'
has been produced at several German theatres since its premiere in
2002, and played over 250 performances in the original cast production.
Currently his Elvis Presley biographical
musical 'ELVIS, Comeback' is touring with the Württembergische
Landesbühne, and he is enjoying revivals of his Knef show 'Für
mich soll's rote Rosen regnen' in Stuttgart, and 'King Kong' in Wiesbaden.
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