The musical "Elisabeth" is (c) Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay. Please feel free to correct me if something is wrong or missing.
"Elisabeth" is so far by far
the most successful musical which was originally written in German. The premiere was 1992 in Vienna, and many productions followed - some in German again, some in other languages. Around the time this pic was drawn the show was touring through various cities in Europe. Even a Japanese version is also existing, with some changes and an entirely female cast from the famous Takarazuka group. I was told it has been a huge hit there, too.
So far it couldn't make it into the English world, though. I wonder why...?
The story is based on the life of the empress Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as "Sisi", but mixed with some fantasy aspects. I'm no musical expert, but I would say for a musical especially the original first production was/is noticeable dark and gloomy - death is one of the most central topics (probably inspired by the old belief that the inhabitants of Vienna looove everything connected to death and grieving?). ... But I would also say the gloominess varies from production to production.
Death is not only topic, Death is also the main male character of the show, often showing up in Elisabeth's life and trying to lure her into ending her life. In fact he shows up in a way that reminds me a bit of stalking.
Crushing her wedding, suddenly in her bedroom, or in disguise of Elisabeth's doctor...! I know I know, it is full of symbolism and death is no "real" man here, but still ... would we modernize the musical a bit (No! Just fun!), Elisabeth might accuse him like this.
There will be three more little parodies about the musical from me. With more trivia talk added, too.