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Petr Novotný

Petr Novotný was born in 1949 in Brno. He studied theatre direction at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. He first directed drama productions and later, starting during his engagement at the Theatre in Plzeň, began directing musicals too. In Plzeň he staged, for example, John Kander’s musicals Zorba and Cabaret, and Suchý and Šlitr’s If a Thousand Clarinets. In 1986 he directed at the Karlín Music Theatre the musical Sugar (Some Like It Hot) and worked there until 1990 as stage director and artistic chief. He staged there the musicals The Gypsy Camp Goes to the Heavens (Yevgeni Doga, Emil Potkanu), Play it Again, Sam (Woody Allen) and Funny Girl (Jule Styne). Since 1990 he has been a freelance director and has worked as a guest for numerous Czech and foreign theatres. He staged, for example, the Czech version of the French musical Les Miserables (1992). The first project of his own was Webber and Rice’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Spirála theatre on the Prague’s Exhibition Grounds (1994), which he restaged on the occasion of its thousandth performance (1997). At the same theatre, he directed the first Czech production of Webber and Rice’s musical Evita (1998). Especially noteworthy is his staging of Smetana’s opera Libuše at Prague’s National Theatre (1995). His other productions include: Jiří Suchý and Jiří Just’s musical comedy My Heart is Zimmer frei (1997) for the Semafor Theatre, Jiří Hubač’s play Petronius’s Feast (1997) and dramatisation of Marquéz’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (2000) for the Vinohrady Theatre, the productions of Loewe’s My Fair Lady (1995), Herman’s Hello, Dolly! (1996), Stone’s Some Like It Hot (1997), Zorba (1999) and Singing in the Rain (2001) for the Karlín Music Theatre. Update: 2001

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