Oland is excited to announce that her hit musical “Soldier of Orange” (“Soldaat van Oranje”) – based on the eponymous Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film of WWII hero Erik Hazelhoff’s daring and bravery – is approaching 1 million ticket sales, and continues to play to sold-out houses through September, 2013 at the TheaterHangaar in Amsterdam. The cast album reached No. 7 on the Dutch pop charts. An article about the production was the featured story recently in the London Sunday Times Entertainment section.
This exciting WWII cinematic musical extravaganza breaks new ground in its airplane hangar staging, with revolving seating for 1100. Co-created with frequent collaborator composer Tom Harriman and renowned Dutch screenwriter Edwin DeVries, “Soldaat Van Oranje the Musical ” as it is known in Holland, is considered that country’s most successful musical to-date.
The October 30, 2010 Royal Premiere was attended by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess Irene and Prince Pieter Christian, to whom the 3 co-creators were presented by Karin Hazelhoff, widow of the Soldier of Orange Erik Hazelhoff, at the black tie event. Producers are multi-Tony-winning Robin Delevita, and Fred Boot. The remarkable staging was conceived by Director Theu Boermanns and Austrian set designer Bernhard Hammer.
English Songwriter Demos (sung and played by Tom Harriman, composer)
Get In Or Get Out – (fraternity brothers)
Erik Hazelhoff and his college fraternity brothers have their whole wonderful futures ahead of them. But first they have to get through the stinking hazing!
Matter of Time (Erik)
Erik rails against authority! He struggles with conflicting thoughts about how he wants to live his life. He sings, “I’m a shadow looking for the man.”
Nothin’s Gonna Stop Me (song excerpt) (Cast)
Happy, tipsy Leyden students, exuberant about their golden futures, celebrate Fred’s 1939 graduation as he climbs a ladder and writes his name on the wall of the student hall. Their dancing, singing revelry is cut short by a grim radio announcement by Queen Wilhelmena. Hitler has broken neutrality and invaded Holland.
Strawberry Sundae Cloud (Erik and friends)
On a huge expanse of sand dunes, overlooking the ocean’s waves, Erik and his friends watch the billowing black smoke in the distance as Rotterdam is carpetbombed. They struggle with their fury at the Queen for allowing herself to be exiled to England. And in the process of singing this song, Erik comes to terms with why she went, and that he and his friends must somehow escape from Nazi-occupied Holland and get to England to help her. It is in this moment that Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema becomes “The Soldier of Orange.”
Tea (Queen Wilhelmena)
The Queen feels helpless in her London exile. Unable to contact her Dutch people, as no form of trans-oceanic communication is available to her. She paces and worries. Tea becomes a metaphor for her frustration when her British lady in waiting announces “It’s Tea Time.” The Queen explodes! “You bloody English and your tea!” “The world is trembling on the brink, But All you can think about is – TEA!!!
No One Here But Us (Erik and Leyden Students)
The Nazis have forbidden Jews from the Leyden campus. A meeting is called by the students. Some feel outraged, but others, such as Victor, are determined to stay out of it. Erik sings, if we don’t take a stand, who will help us? There’s no-one here but us!
Make Love To Me (Charlotte)
It is the way of war that it separates lovers. Erik has just seen his friend Bram murdered. He has discovered that his closest friend, Anton, has become a Nazi convert. He has himself been brutally beaten by sadistic Nazis. The beautiful Charlotte shelters him, and the simmering undercurrent of love that has been between them cannot be contained any longer.
Charlotte’s Farewell (Charlotte and Erik)
Knowing her love is going away, and knowing that she may never see him again, Charlotte says goodbye at the dock to Erik, who has at last obtained passage working in the boiler room on the Swiss ship St. Cergue, and will voyage to England and the Queen.
Tomorrow Is Today (Erik and Fred)
On the deck of the St. Cergue, Erik is jubilant to find his fraternity president Fred has also found passage. Erik ruminates on the irony of life, “Funny how I had all these plans I’ll never need to keep…” He is joined by Fred as they sing about the immediacy of life, and the foolishness of planning tomorrows, as the ship sails hopefully toward England…and then a massive German U-Boat looms; its cannons rise and take aim. Boom! The stage blacks out!
You Can’t Say No To A Queen (Tess and Chris)
In the Queen’s waiting room in London, Erik and Fred are amazed when their friend Chris shows up. He has traveled to London from Holland via Alaska and the United States, just as he threatened to do. As they reunite, the Queen’s aide de camp Van’t’Sant instructs the lady-in-waiting to teach the boys how to behave around a Queen. Entranced, Chris uses this humorous song as a moment to flirt with Tess, who becomes very flustered!
Blind Faith (Fred)
Fred loses a shooting competition amongst the three of them, ironically by winning it. The “winner” gets to go back into Holland to operate secret transmitters and help set up “Contact Holland,” a Dutch Résistance network for the Queen. He is drinking heavily, and admits to himself that he is a paper tiger who made himself look important when he was the big man on campus; but right now he is scared to death.
Come Back To Me (Queen Wilhelmena and Charlotte)
Two women care for Erik in different ways and for different reasons. Queen Wilhelmena has grown fond of this 21 year old handsome enthusiastic young man who is undaunted by danger. She hates sending him into danger, and is terrified that by traveling back into Holland, this brave and fearless young man will be captured, or killed, by German soldiers. Lovely Charlotte waits for him on the other side of the English Channel in Scheveningen. Together they sing “Come Back To Me,” but each with different motives.
Morality (Anton and Erik)
Anton catches his girlfriend Ada speaking to Erik on the beach. Erik, who has made the crossing and is dressed in the uniform of a British officer, had tried to get away, but is now trapped. The two have a dark confrontation, a powerful exchange in the form of the duet “Morality.” They each shoot at each other – they shoot to miss, but Erik’s bullet hits Anton in the leg.
All On My Way To You (Chris with Tess, Erik and Charlotte)
This is the original lyric which was intended as a love song for Chris and Tess. It changed dramatically when Charlotte was thrown into a concentration camp, and Erik discovered that his friend Fred had been murdered. This song is now a poignant love song in which each of the four – Erik and Charlotte, Chris and Tess – each define the moment by their own lives.
Isolation (Queen Wilhelmena)
Queen Wilhelmena feels abandoned. Contact Holland is no more, the Nazis have dismantled her Resistance and killed thousands and thousands of Dutch. Erik has left to join the R.A.F. as a fighter pilot. She is the most alone she’s ever been in her life.