The musical "Elisabeth" is (c) Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay. Please feel free to correct me if something is wrong or missing.
My fourth and last little parody about "Elisabeth". (EDIT: Yeah, no. In the next years there were some more)
For those who know almost nothing about that musical part: before the grown-up Rudolf gets the deathlty visit of Mr Death, he was already visited from him once in his childhood. Back then little Rudolph has been sitting afraid and alone in his bed at night, when Death entered and declared to be the friend of the prince. During that scene little Rudolf stresses that he can be hard and cold, because "yesterday I stroke dead a cat!" (poor cat! Did this really happen or is that an invention of the musical?)
Death in the musical kills literally with a kiss of death. My fantasy started to jump around and imagined him, the polished handsome young blondie, thus kissing all the old people ... and even cats? And...?
Rudolph talking back is of course made up by me for the sake of the joke. In the real musical he shoots himself during the kiss (notice the gun in his hand).
For the last time trivial bla bla about the musical itself by me: since the beginning of the nineties there have been a loooot of stage versions of "Elisabeth". In Germany as well as abroad. So far I never visited one of them, I´ve got only a few impressions from Vienna, Essen, and all the Takarazuka stuff (this famous Japanese theatre seems to perform Elisabeth almost permanently). My love for the musical started when I listened to CDs of the Vienna and the Essen version.
That's not much but still I allow myself the biased stubborn judgement that I like the very first stage version the most, Vienna 1992. Even though I never saw it. Even though I think the cast on the Essen CD sounds a tad better, including Pia and Uwe who reprised their roles. But Vienna - it was the original production, and thus probably closest to what the inventors wanted the show originally to be. I dislike that they seem to got rid of the strong morbid use of shadow and blue light in later versions (switching it for more elaborate scenery instead). And I also dislike that the seem to put more stress on the Elisabeth-Death relationship in later versions. To me this feels like dismissing own ideas for more mainstream and wishes of the audience, including "fanservice". Sigh!
Even though I never saw Vienna and despite my critique - I would still watch a newer production if there would be a reeeeally good, near opportunity for me.
EDIT YEARS LATER: Saw the show now in 2013. Perhaps one day I can write a journal post about the experience.
Last thing: I pity pity pity that there was never a DVD release of a video recording of the 1992 Vienna version. I know there is a professional recording of the final dress rehearsal existing, but it was never officially released. Double-sigh. Hey producers, I would buy it, and I really think I wouldn't be the only one!
ANOTHER EDIT YEARS LATER: I think I know now that this recording contains - typical
for final dress rehearsals when everyone is extra nervous
- a few mistakes made by the cast, the people behind the stage and maybe even the camera guy himself. Perhaps thus it was never considered good enough to be sold to the public. Well - I WOULD STILL TOTALLY BUY IT!