The Stage is Set: THE ONE at Friedrichstadt-Palast

Jeans Man -Costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier | Photo: Sven Darmer

The world premiere of the Grand Show, THE ONE, at fabulous Friedrichstadt-Palast takes place on Thursday, October 6th. I was lucky enough to be invited to the official press photo call to see what the show is all about.

Unlike musicals or traditional plays, revue theatre has no common thread. Instead, it is a collage of images that takes us on a glamorous, often outrageous, journey of song, dance, special effects and acrobatics. THE ONE is staged in an abandoned revue theatre that is brought back to life by a thumping underground party – very Berlin. Throughout the show, the leading man is taken on a dreamlike journey through time in search of “the one”.

Set on the largest theatre stage in the world, THE ONE makes full use of the vast dimensions it’s been given. With over 100 performers in 500 costumes and a production budget of €11 million euros, you would expect something spectacular - and, just like THE WYLD before it, THE ONE delivers.

The costumes were designed by none other than Jean-Paul Gaultier, who had dreamed of working on a revue production ever since he was a little boy. Having worked with everyone from Prince to Lady Gaga, it’s clear to see that the Parisian designer had a field day with this show - 3,000 coloured feathers, 120 crazy wigs, three kilos of sequins, 50,000 Swarovski stones sewn into the costumes and enough black leather to clothe an entire fetish festival… in other words, it has to be seen to be believed!

Gaultier isn’t the only big name involved in THE ONE, however. The music was composed by Gregor Meyle (“Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert”) and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall (BRIT Award winner). Brian Friedman, who has worked with global superstars like Beyoncé, Cher and Britney Spears, leads the team of world-class choreographers. The main role is taken by (the rather dreamy) Roman Lob, who shot to fame when he represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.

Although I only got to see the opening act, it definitely left me with an appetite for more. The reviews so far have been sensational and over 86,000 tickets have been sold in advance, putting THE ONE on track to break all existing records. The show is suitable for international guests who don’t understand German and tickets start at just €19.80, making the most lavish show in Europe accessible to everyone. I’d buy a ticket just to see more of the lovely Mr Lob but that’s just me…

Show runs until mid-2018
Recommended for guests over 10 years of age
Duration: 2.5 hours including a 25-minute interval
For more information or to buy tickets, visit

By Linda O'Grady
Linda works as an English teacher, writer and editor, and has been living in Berlin since September 2014. She also shares some of her more irreverent thoughts on life as an Irishwoman living in Germany in her blog - Expat Eye on Germany.

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