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Maria Vittoria has fallen in love with her German tutor, Daniel, recently made a bishop of the Catholic Church. They are married and Daniel takes Maria back to his family home in Heidelberg where she meets Anna Regina, his possessive elder sister. Anna Regina accuses Maria of having cast a spell on Daniel, and the townspeople soon imprison her for witchcraft.

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1 Which witch peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical


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The storyline for Which Witch was derived from the witch finder's manual Malleus Maleficarum, and the original script was written by Adrian and Bjørnov's manager Ole A. Sørli. The lyrics of the early concert versions were written by Helen Hampton and Roger Avenstrup, in collaboration with Adrian, Bjørnov and Sørli.

The first performance was in Grieghallen, Bergen on May 27, 1987, with Adrian playing the female lead, and Bjørnov as musical director. The material was constantly developed throughout a period of eight years, resulting in several national and international tours presenting continuously updated concert versions of the musical.

The "Operamusical" Which Witch opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on October 22, 1992 and ran for 76 performances, after a critical savaging. It has been described as "the second worst West End musical of all time", a "bizarre musical", and "a dire rock opera".

The London version was followed by a rather more successful Norwegian tour, and further performances of a Norwegian version in Holmenkollen, Oslo during the summer of 1994.

Which Witch has, since its premiere in May 1987, been performed a total of 142 times in concert version in the following countries: Norway, Canada, USA, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The total attendance figure is approx. 276,000.



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Songs: The Blessing
Bad Omens
Maria’s Curse
Black Mass
The Exorcism
2,665,866,746,664 Little Devils

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