VBW International –
The Vienna Licensors of Premium Musical ProductionsTake part in our success:
we offer exclusive licenses of our cutting edge musical productions to leading stages all over the world. At home in Europe’s music capital Vienna.

Our passion for setting the stage for the stars has gained us international star status in our own right:
as the only musical producer in German-speaking countries exporting in-house productions successfully
all around the world.

As thoroughbred and passionate theater people, we absolutely love to set the stage for the stars. We would not be the people we are though, if we were not doing what we do with a little–or in fact, quite a considerable difference: our stars are not just single persons but instead an entire body of work in the form of extraordinary, innovative and highly successful musical productions.

By saying “highly successful,” we think we are by no means prone to exaggeration: with ELISABETH, for example, we have managed to create the world’s most successful musical production of German-speaking origin, playing in a class of its own by defining an entirely new genre–the drama musical–and setting a unique benchmark in the musical field for more than twenty years now.

With our productions DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, ELISABETH, MOZART!, REBECCA, RUDOLF and THE VISIT we have consistently maintained our success strategy by building upon legendary and cutting-edge literary, movie and historical content, by collaborating with some of the world’s leading composers, lyricists, script writers, directors, choreographers, designers and specialists in the field and, not least, by reaching out to more than 22 million enthusiastic spectators worldwide.

Being at home in Vienna, one of the world’s most prolific cultural and musical hot spots for many centuries, our origins, our values and our commitment to uncompromising quality in every detail are decidedly rooted in Vienna’s rich and world-renowned cultural tradition. On the other hand, regarding the world as our stage and operating on a global scale, our projects, visions and ambitions are definitely modern, cutting-edge and highly innovative. Since 1996, we have been successfully exporting in-house musicals to leading stages all across the world and are continually working on new developments–as the only musical production company in German-speaking countries.

We are the major driving force behind establishing Vienna as one of the world’s leading musical-theater venues alongside genre pioneers such as London and New York. Our productions–DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, ELISABETH, MOZART!, REBECCA, RUDOLF and THE VISIT–have brought drama, emotion, outstanding dance sequences, breathtaking set design and of course first-class music by world-renowned composers to top stages in 21 countries–from Japan to even New York’s Broadway. Total audience figures of over 22 million worldwide prove that first-rate content and harmonized staging are capable of creating irresistible draw all over the world. Musical productions by VBW guarantee long runs, rave reviews and mesmerized audiences, captivated by the magic of state-of-the-art musical theater.

Our worldwide audience’s enthusiastic applause is our most valuable reward, while the stage is our passion and success our ambition–an ambition which we definitely like to share. Therefore, if you would like to get in touch with us, please do not hesitate: we would love to hear from you, so we can set the stage for the stars–and for our mutual success–together.

DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES

World opening: 1997 Austria / Vienna (Raimund Theater/VBW)
Book & Lyrics: Michael Kunze
Music: Jim Steinman
Based on the movie: The Fearless Vampire Killers courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.
Director: Roman Polanski
Productions: Austria / Vienna
Austria / Vienna
Belgium / Antwerp
Germany / Berlin, Hamburg,
Oberhausen, Stuttgart
Estonia / Tallinn
Finland / Seinäjoki
France / Paris
Hungary / Budapest
Japan / Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka
Poland / Warsaw
Russia / St. Petersburg
Slovakia / Nitra
USA / Broadway
1997 – 2000 (en suite)
2009 – 2011 (en suite)
2010 (en suite)

2000 – 2013, 2016 (en suite)
2000 (en suite)
2011 – 2012, 2016
2014 – 2015 (en suite)
2007 – 2016
2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 (en suite)
2005
2011 – 2014
2011 (en suite)
2002 – 2003 (en suite)
Visitors worldwide: 7.5 million
Shows worldwide: over 7,000
Countries: 12 (Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, USA)
Language versions: Dutch/Flemish, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Slovak

ELISABETH

World opening: 1992 Austria / Vienna (Theater an der Wien/VBW)
Book & Lyrics: Michael Kunze
Music & Orchestration: Sylvester Levay
Director: Harry Kupfer
Productions: Austria / Vienna
Austria / Vienna
Austria / Vienna
Belgium / Antwerp
China / Shanghai
Finland / Turku
Germany / Essen, Stuttgart
Germany Tour / var.
Hungary / Budapest
Italy / Trieste
Japan / var.
Netherlands / Scheveningen
South Korea / Seoul & var.
Sweden / Karlstad
Switzerland / Thun, Zurich, Basel
1992 – 1998 (en suite)
2003 – 2005 (en suite)
2012 – 2014 (en suite)
2009 (en suite)
2014 – 2015 (en suite)
2005 – 2006
2001 – 2003, 2005 – 2006 (en suite)
2008 – 2012, 2015 – 2016 (en suite)
1996 – 2014
2004, 2005, 2012 (en suite)
1996 – 2012. 2014, 2015, 2016 (en suite)
1999 – 2001 (en suite)
2012, 2013, 2015 (en suite)
1999 – 2000
2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 (en suite)
Visitors worldwide: over 10 million
Shows worldwide: over 7,900
Countries: 12 (Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland)
Language versions: Dutch/Flemish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish

MOZART!

World opening: 1999 Austria / Vienna (Theater an der Wien/VBW)
Book & Lyrics: Michael Kunze
Music & Orchestration: Sylvester Levay
Director: Harry Kupfer
Productions: Austria / Vienna
Austria / Vienna
Austria / Vienna
Czech Republic / Brno
Germany / Hamburg (en suite),
München (en suite), Plauen-Zwickau,
Tecklenburg (en suite), Lohne
Hungary / Budapest
Japan / Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya,
Fukuoka
South Korea / Seoul and Tour
Sweden / Karlstad
1999 – 2001 (en suite)
2006
2015 – 2016 (en suite)
2009 – 2012


2001 – 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009
2003 – 201, 2014 – 2016

2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 (en suite)
2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 (en suite)
2002 – 2003
Total visitors worldwide: over 2 million
Shows worldwide: over 2,000
Countries: 7 (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Sweden)
Language versions: Czech, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish

REBECCA

World opening: 2006 Austria / Vienna (Raimund Theater/VBW)
Book & Lyrics: Michael Kunze
Music & Orchestration: Sylvester Levay
Based on the novel: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Director: Francesca Zambello
Productions: Austria / Vienna
Finland / Helsinki, Kouvola
Germany / Stuttgart
Hungary / Budapest
Japan / Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka
Romania / Bucharest
Russia / Moscow
Serbia / Belgrade
South Korea / Seoul and Tour
Sweden / Malmö
Switzerland / St. Gallen
2006 – 2008 (en suite)
2008 – 2009, 2010 – 2011
2011 – 2013 (en suite)
2010 – 2014
2008 – 2010 (en suite)
2011 – 2013
2009
2012 – 2015
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (en suite)
2014
2011 – 2013
Visitors worldwide: 1.5 million
Shows worldwide: over 1,700
Countries: 11 (Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South korea, Sweden, Switzerland)
Language versions: English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, korean, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Swedish

RUDOLF - AFFAIRE MAYERLING

World opening: 2006 Hungary / Budapest (Budapest Operetta Theater)
Book & Lyrics: Jack Murphy
Music: Frank Wildhorn
Based on the Novel: A Nervous Splendour by Frederic Morton
Additional Lyrics: Nan Knighton
Director: David Leveaux
Productions: Austria / Vienna
Hungary / Budapest, Pécs
Japan / Tokyo
South Korea / Seoul and Tour
2009 – 2010 (en suite)
2006 – 2010, 2010 – 2012
2008, 2012 (en suite)
2012 – 2013, 2014 - 2015 (en suite)
Visitors worldwide: over 540,000
Shows worldwide: over 600
Countries: 4 (Austria, Hungary, Japan, South Korea)
Language versions: German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean

THE VISIT

World opening: 2013 Switzerland / Thun
Book: Christian Struppeck
Lyrics: Wolfgang Hofer
Music: Moritz Schneider & Michael Reed
Based on the Tragic Comedy: Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Director: Andreas Gergen
Productions: Austria / Vienna
Japan / Tokyo and Tour
Switzerland / Thun
2014 (en suite)
2015, 2016 (en suite)
2013 (en suite)
Visitors worldwide: over 200,000
Shows worldwide: over 200
Countries: 3 (Austria, Japan, Switzerland)
Language versions: German, Japanese