"Ever since he created the role of "Death" (Elisabeth),
Uwe Kroeger has been the biggest male star of musicals
Mandelbaum "In Theater" New York, Jan 9, 1998
by Uwe Kroeger, Death commands the stage and radiates a
combination of enigmatic threat and erotic energy.
"VARIETY" New York, Feb 21, 1993
BEST YOUNG ACTOR 1996,
awarded by the most accepted Austrian stage magazine
I.M.A.G.E Award winner
1997 (German equivalent of the "Tony Award") for "Joe Gillis" in
NUMBER ONE OF AUSTRIAN
MUSICAL PERFORMERS 2000, elected by the readers of the Austrian
magazine "Bühne" (Stage).
NUMBER ONE MUSICAL
PERFORMER 2001, elected for the productions of London/New York
by the readers of the German magazine "musicals".
BEST ACTOR 2003 - 2008, elected by the readers of the German musical-magazine "DA CAPO" .
NUMBER ONE GERMAN SPEAKING MUSICAL PERFORMER 2008, elected for the thirteenth time by the readers of the German magazine "musicals".
Uwe Kroeger is at the present the most exciting musical performer in Germany and Austria. He played the leads in the German-language premieres of " MISS SAIGON ", "SUNSET BOULEVARD" and Disney´s "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ", just to name a few.
He also created the role of "Death" in the world premiere of " ELISABETH " , the cult musical in Vienna about the Habsburg empress.
In 1999 he once again
demonstrated his star qualities in the new Vienna musical
His creation of Salzburg´s sinister "Archbishop Colloredo", who deeply respects and wishes to understand the music of the flipant young composer, gave more to the production than one could ask for. This role added a new facet to the variety of roles that he has already performed, making him truly a chameleon in his trade.
Uwe Kroeger was born in Hamm/Westfalen. He studied voice, dramatic arts and dance at the Conservatory of Arts in Berlin. In addition he excelled in English and French.
Shortly after his studies he was engaged as the first German performer to play "Rusty" in the German production of " STARLIGHT EXPRESS " in Bochum. Then followed the Viennese and Dutch productions of "LES MISÉRABLES " , in which he played various roles. In the Dutch production Uwe Kroeger was also engaged as Assistant Resident Director. Leading parts in "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR", "THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW" and "STARMANIA" followed. His breakthrough-performance in the role of "Death" in the world premiere of " ELISABETH " (1992) established him in the European musical world.
Two years later Cameron Mackintosh discovered the young talent and gave him the chance to play "Chris", the American GI, in the German-language premiere of "MISS SAIGON " in Stuttgart. There he received phenomenal reviews.
In 1995 Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber engaged him as the male lead "Joe Gillis" in the German-language premiere of "SUNSET BOULEVARD" for which he received the I.M.A.G.E. Award in 1997. In the same year Uwe Kroeger was honoured by being offered the role of "The Beast" in the German Premiere of Disney's "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" in Stuttgart. In this role he surprised and touched audiences with his charming and truthful portrayal of this challenging character. Indeed, he received praise from Disney's Vice president of Theatrical Productions, Mr. Stuart Oken.
From October 1999 to May 2000 Uwe Kroeger played the sinister Archbishop of Salzburg in the world premiere of the Vienna musical production " MOZART! ". In June 2000 he played "Pharaoh" as a guest performer in the musical " JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT " in Vienna. In October 2000 Uwe Kroeger had his West End debut in the role of "Napoleon" in the European premiere of the musical "NAPOLEON " at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London.
Between March 2001 an June 2003 Uwe Kroeger played the role of "Death" again in the German original cast of " Elisabeth ". The Production in the Colosseum Theater in Essen was a revised version of the musical.
August 2001 Uwe Kroeger had his first performance in an
operetta. He played "Felix" in Ralph Benatzky's vivacious
comedy "Bezauberndes Fraeulein" (The Enchanting Young Lady) at
the Etablissement Ronacher in Vienna. Because of its enormous
success this production was taken up again in the summer of
In the summer of 2003 Uwe Kroeger could be seen as "Burrs" in the musical " The Wild Party " in Amstetten/Austria.
Uwe Kroeger took on the role of "Javert" in "Les Miserables" at the "Theater des Westens" in Berlin from September 2003 till December 2004 and again he inspired the audience as the Vaudeville clown "Burrs" in "The Wild Party" at the municipal theater Klagenfurt/Austria between December 2004 and February 2005.
2005/2006 Uwe Kroeger played the role of “Cardinal Richelieu” in the German-language first-night performance of the musical "3 Musketiere" at the “Theater des Westens” in Berlin, before he inspired the audience as "Phantom" at the Colosseum Theater in Essen.
September 2006 till December 2007 he took on the role of "Maxim de Winter" in the new Kunze/Levay Musical "Rebecca" in Vienna. Also in the reopening September till December 2008.
Under direction of Harry Kupfer in April 2008 started in Berlin a new staging of "Elisabeth". Uwe Kroeger could be seen again in the role of "Death" till August 2008 - as a dreamteam with Pia Douwes as "Elisabeth".
Besides his various musical engagements, Uwe Kroeger frequently takes part in numerous galas and concerts and he synchronized "Jack" in the Walt Disney-flmmusical "Newsies". In 2004 moviegoers could experience Uwe Kroeger in the German version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical film "Phantom of the opera" where he synchronized the role of the Phantom. In addition, he inspired his audience with the tour productions of "In Love with musical", "Still in Love with musical", and "In Love with musical Again" in Germany and Austria. The new concert tour "Musical moments " started in January 2004 in Berlin and is continued 2005 in Germany with a new program.
Not only has he recorded several original cast albums, but he has also released four solo CDs in Europe, featuring songs in German, English and French.
He has received a number of international awards for his outstanding performances.Since February 2009 Uwe Kroeger could be seen as prime minister "Eduard Earl Taaffe" in the new musical of the Vereinigten Bühnen Vienna "RUDOLF - Affaire Mayerling".
As of 23.
October 2011 the hit musical "The Sound of Music" will has it's
first night in Salzburg State Theatre. In this show Uwe Kroeger
can be seen as Baron of Trapp.