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On this page we will keep you updated on Daniel's shows and concerts. Check back regularly for new performances. Dates and places are to be found on this calendar.
We seem to manage the updating part of our job pretty well, but the publication of those updates is something that leaves a tad to be desired. Not much has happened since the previous (unpublished) update. We edited the biography, added a few pics, but that's it. Nevertheless, we are happy to announce that we have resolved our "differences" with YouTube. Actually, they capitulated, something we never expected. So now we can offer several clips from the two 4MT concerts on our Downloads page.
Breaking : Daniel revisits children's theater, the discipline where it all started. He will feature as Gepetto, Jiminy Cricket, a snake, a fox and the circus boss in "Pinocchio" at the Junges Theater Bonn. Premiere on November 19th 2017. Stay tuned ! Show dates are on the calendar.
Just when you thought this site was dead, we spring an update on you. That's us, alright... Not that we have that much good news, quite the contrary, unfortunately. During part of 2015 and most of 2016 Daniel was sidelined by an oesophageal tumor. Treatment (three major operations, and about a dozen minor ones), followed by the usual complications, made an anticipated hospital stay of two and a half weeks into a marathon of nearly three months. Daniel was "out of commission" for over seven months, but has announced he will be back on November 17th 2016, reprising his role of Louis-Richard Grandvoix in "Welcome Elvis, jede Hüfte schwingt anders", at the Stratmann's Theatre in Essen. A big thank you goes to friend and colleague Charles EJ Moulton, who covered Daniel's part in those seven months.
This also means that the premiere of the one man show "35 years on stage, and still no celeb" is postponed to 2017.
As a positive note, we can confirm that YouTube saw the error of their ways, and released the restrictions on the 4MT videos. The premiere of "Welcome Elvis", at the Culture Summer Rheinbach, and the following shows at the Stratmann's theatre in Essen, were an unbridled success. The show was booked for another season, and will simultaneously go on tour through Nordrhein-Westfalen. Together with Nadeem Ahmed, Daniel is working on the successor of "Welcome Elvis". You will find pictures of the show on the pics page.
As promised : a whole new set of pics of "Dinner for One, Killer for Five".
It has been over a year since you've heard from us. Mainly, because there was not much worth mentioning, but also because Daniel had some severe health issues. That the website wasn't his first priority at the time, is quite understandable. The following highs and lows are to be noted since October 2013 :
The Christmas Concert in Herten with "The 4-Men Trio" went splendidly. We'd love to share some of it with you, but YouTube is actually - and actively - boycotting our 4MT Channel. We're not allowed to post our own clips, not even for non-commercial purposes. Those of you who would like to relive the concert (or see it for the first time) will have to order the DVD, which, of course, is available via this website. A short e-mail to email@example.com suffices. As YouTube boycotts 4MT, so 4MT boycotts YouTube. We will not add any more clips on YouTube, and the 4MT Channel will be cancelled. We will also deny YouTube the rights ever to publish anything that has to do with 4MT.
The eagerly awaited new theme concert "We Sing the Songs" was, alas, cancelled as well. That too, was a boycott operation, but by the fixed employer of two of the members of 4MT. Nothing we could do about that.
Between November 2013 and March 2014, Daniel returned to the "legitimate" stage as Chief Inspector DeCraven, in "Dinner for One, Killer for Five", the prequel to the famous sketch, "Dinner for One". There aren't that many pictures, but what we have, you will find in the German Gallery.
Daniels last appearance on stage to date, was in August 2014, when he sang the part of Reguil (Mozes' father in law), in the pop-oratory "Die 10 Gebote" by Michael Kunze, in Wipperfürth.
2014 Was, unfortunately, marked by a series of calamities : it started in February with a severe infection with the deadly hospital bacteria MRSA that lead to a double operation on the elbow and left hand. The unexpected result thereof was an unscheduled (unplanned and unwanted) move from Meckenheim to Bonn, including the administrative chaos that followed. In the middle of that move, Daniel was hit by a severe bout of arthrosis in his left knee - perfect timing. Try organizing a move when you can barely walk. When he had finally settled in his new abode, he decided to take a week off in France, to allow the knee some much needed rest. Once again fate struck, and Daniel was involved in a car crash on the French highway, just outside of Paris. Total loss, and the first day of his week off, was immediately also the last day. Time for a new car. If anyone from the tax office happens to read this : no need to start drooling. The new car is actually an old car, and it has cost peanuts. Having weathered all that, some bureaucrat in Belgium decided to declare Daniels business ArTeConDa bankrupt, because someone had made a tiny error, back in 1990. That was the cream on the cake. The cherry on top was the fact that Daniel lost an important legal dispute with the German Ministry of Finance, because the case had to go to the European Court in Luxemburg, and Daniel did not have the 250.000€ that such trial would cost. With that, the year was about 8 months old...
Things calmed down after that, but you will understand that he lived the rest of the year in a state of extreme apprehension, and was neither in the mood, nor capable, of doing anything creative. Now, however, is 2015, and the time has come to "resurrect" Daniel. His comeback is scheduled for August 1st and 2nd, as the French classical Baritone Louis-Richard Grandvoix, in the world premiere of "Welcome Elvis - Jede Hüfte schwingt anders" (Welcome Elvis, every pelvis swings differently"), a musical revue by Nadeem Ahmed. More details are to be found here : www.rhein-zirkel.de, although the page is entirely in German. Chances are that more plays by the same author may/will follow in 2015 and 2016 !
Furthermore, Daniel plans a return to Belgium. Artistically, that is. In March 2015 he was asked to direct the play "Love Letters" (A.R. Gurney), for COMING HOME Productions, starring Erik Maes and Nicole Zeldenrust. The production, in English, was very much appreciated by an international audience. Felicitations were had from international celebrities like the French actor and director Henri Garcin, and the British author and critic John Couth. There are no dates available as yet, but chances are that Daniel will indeed return to Belgium later this year, with a new production. His own production, to boot. Frank Hoelen signed for the direction of Daniels first one man show "35 Years on Stage, and still no Celeb". When and how the show will take place, depends on practical matters like sponsoring, and finding a producer. But like Frank Hoelen says : "Once the creative part is done, the rest follows."
The eagerly awaited Christmas concert is now official : on December 15th 4MT will bring you "Joy to the World - 4MT wishes you a very Bari Christmas" at the castle of Herten. Tickets are available through the website of the city of Herten. The Christmas concert in Schalke has, unfortunately, been cancelled, due to geographical and organisational reasons. The local producer was afraid that two concerts so close to each other in time and location, would not generate enough audience. But every cloud has a silver lining, so 4MT will return to Schalke on February 23rd 2014, with a brand new concert, tentatively called "We sing the Songs".
The concert in Schalke of last year even brought 4MT a bonus : the attending mayor of Gelsenkirchen liked them so much, he invited 4MT to open the renovated city hall of Gelsenkirchen on August 31st.
Well, seems like we were right : october 21st 2012 was indeed the only day of 2012 Daniel was actually on stage. After a Facebook poll the three baritones decided on the name "The 4-Men Trio". They will present their new concert "A Bari Happy Christmas" in december 2013. As for Daniel : you will have more opportunity to see him at work this year. From June 13th until July 26th 2013 he will be playing the Governor of California in the musical "Z-The Masked Musical of Zorro", at the Clingenburg Festspiele in Klingenberg am Main in Bavaria. To make up for lost time, he will also be playing Jacob Grimm in "Wachgeküsst", the Cinderalla musical, and that from June 20th until July 28th 2013, at the same venue. After that, it's 'the big empty" again until the "4-Men Trio"-concert mentioned above.
I know ! Nearly a year since the last update. Why ? Because there was nothing to update you on. Apparently the trend for young and beautiful people still persists, and as Daniel can hardly be described as either... The sales of the book are going as expected : we haven't sold a single copy yet. It's always nice to see your expectations come true. It also means that the publication of "Visits to a friend - Travel tales from the Aveyron" won't be for any time soon either. So why this update anyway ? Well, because of two things. First of all, we have added a few pages to the site. Daniel created a Facebook page called "The Autodidacts Guide to Ancient Egypt" (another unsuccessful attempt at promoting his book) in order to find kindred spirits to work on a book with exactly that same title. Believe it or not, as we speak, over 1,800 people have "liked" the page. Not one of them ever bought the book, but you can't expect everything to happen all at once. Now when he tried to publish a transcript of a seminar on deciphering hieroglyphs, Facebook blatantly refused to incorporate the hieroglyphs. In search of a solution he came to us and we decided to publish the transcripts here as .pdf files. We created two extra pages with all the info you could ever need on the subject, and you will find the first in the left column of the start page, or here.
Secondly there is a snippet, a minuscule tidbit of news on the artistic front. Together with baritones Charles E.J. Moulton and Michael Dahmen and pianist Desar Suleimani of the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Daniel will be appearing in the concert entitled "The Three Baritones : Around the World in Three (bari)Tones". The concert will take place at the Friedenskirche in Gelsenkirchen-Schalke at 6pm on October 2012. If you want to see Daniel on stage this year, hurry to Gelsenkirchen, because it looks as if it's going to be the only opportunity to see him in action this year.
Quite a bit sooner than expected we have the pleasure to announce that Daniel's first book, "Upper Egypt : The Egypt of the New Kingdom - A Travel Tale" is now available from this website for the tiny price of 5€ ! If you are interested, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your interest. We will send you an e-mail with instructions upon reception.
Yes, we know. It's been a while... But the economical crisis is also being felt in the German theatre world - and how ! Combined with the trend for "beautiful-people-shows" it's getting pretty hard for Daniel to find a job anywhere. So "diversification" has become the key-word of 2011. The one-time musical actor has all of a sudden also become a "Voice over artist" and an author. A first book called "Upper Egypt - The Egypt of the New Kingdom - A Travel Story" will be available through Facebook shortly. A second book ("Visits to a Friend - Travel Stories from the Aveyron") is to follow in 2012. He's also hard at work writing a fantasy novel, but refuses to come up with a date for publication on that issue. The other two will be available as e-books. What, how and where will be revealed here shortly.
Furthermore we have managed to get our hands on some backstage pictures from the "Jekyll & Hyde" tour. You will find them in the German Galery.
"Jekyll & Hyde" is becoming a fixture in Daniel's life, for he will be the Bishop of Basingstoke for the third time in a tour production of this show coming next december. Showtimes also on the calendar. We have added some pictures of "Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern" and of "Jekyll & Hyde". A local newspaper in Nordhausen found Daniel interesting enough to devote half a page to him. The article can be found here.
What to expect in the coming months ? The English version of his travel book about Upper Egypt is nearing completion. Furthermore we hope to be able to present you with some more video clips of "Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern" and "Text & Ton 0.2".
Unfortunately technical problems interfered with the last update, and a very full schedule prevented us from uploading the update any sooner. So now we're in the absurd situation of having to upload an update which is actually obsolete...
Fortunately we have some new things we can tell you for this particular update : Daniel is back on the musical stage ! "Text & Ton 0.2" was such a hit that they had to schedule two more shows on February 26th and 28th. For those of you who are in the vicinity of Bremen at that time, Daniel has two free tickets !
Furthermore Daniels' stay in Bremen is being cut short. On March 1st rehearsals for "Jekyll & Hyde" at the Theater Nordhausen start, directed by Ms. Iris Limbarth (remember "Vom Geist der Weihnacht" in Frankfurt ?). Première of that show, where Daniel will reprise his role of the Bishop of Basingstoke, on Apirl 9th 2010. For more details, go here.
We have also added two new video's from the "Lollipop und Strandbikini" revue at the Bad Vilber Burgfestspiele in 2008. Unfortunately Daniel won't be at the Burgfestspiele this year either. There are no parts for non-dancers in this year's revue.
IMPORTANT : we're moving ! We plan to move our website to a new server beginning of next year. Our site is getting to big for Freehomepage.com, so we're switching hosts. Of course we'll tell you exactly when in due time ! But you might want to note the new address already :
A little extra has found its' way on Daniel's calendar. In addition to "Jekyll and Hyde" he will also be appearing in "Lollipop und Strandbikini", a 1950's revue. A little something of about 8 shows reviving the spirit of the 1950's. It'll enable Daniel to do a few things he hasn't done before, like singing German Rock 'n Roll. Apparently he's somewhat of a 21st century Bill Ramsey. For the dates please refer to the calendar. On a purely technical note we can tell you we have added a new feature to some of the pages. It's called Babelfish and will allow you to translate the page to any language of your choice. It's not perfect, but as a lot of you have been asking for German and French versions of the site, it's the best we can do until we find someone with a better grasp of German and French grammar and syntax than us here...
"Vom Geist der Weihnacht" finished it's Frankfurter run on December 30th. Pretty logical for a Christmas show. Reviews were basically positive aside from one critic complaining that the music was "too Christmassy". Which is of course annoying for a Christmas show. Who in his right mind would write "Christmassy" music for a Christmas show ? Not counting that particular absurd criticism everyone was quite happy with the show. Daniel included. He was happy to be there and would gladly do it again. Nevertheless it once again didn't take very long for Daniel to land a new contract. Things are obviously working out just fine. On May 1st he starts rehearsals for "Jekyll and Hyde" at the Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel. He will be playing the Bishop of Basingstoke (after playing a friar in "The Taming of a Shrew", a Priest in "Whitechurch" and a High Priest in "Jesus Christ Superstar" clearly a promotion.), premiering on June 11th. For the shows please check the Calendar. In addition Daniel might also play a 1950's revue at the same venue. Discussions about that aren't finished yet, so we'll inform you in due course. Thirdly, we added some pictures from "Vom Geist der Weihnacht" in the German Gallery.