The Shoe of Manitou (Musical)

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Title: The Shoe of Manitou
Original language: German
Music: Martin Lingnau
Book: John von Düffel
Lyrics: Heiko Wohlgemuth
Literary template: The Shoe of Manit by Michael “Bully” Herbig
World Premiere: 7. December 2008
Location of the premiere: Theater des Westens in Berlin
Place and time of the action: Wild West
  • Abahachi
  • Ranger
  • Winnetouch
  • Uschi
  • Dimitri
  • Santa Maria
  • Hombre
  • Cunning amphibian
  • Meat loaf

Der Schuh des Manitu is a musical by Martin Lingnau (music), Heiko Wohlgemuth (lyrics), John von Düffel (book) and Andreas Gergen (idea and concept) based on the 2001 film of the same name.


The blood brothers Abahachi and Ranger borrow money from the Shoshone chief’s son False Hare to buy a (regular) pub from the crook Santa Maria, but it turns out to be nothing more than a falling backdrop. The chief’s son then flees with the money, but is shot by Santa Maria. The Shoshone chief thinks Abahachi and Ranger are his son’s murderers, but they manage to escape the stake. To get money, the fugitives search for pieces of a treasure map that will lead them to a hidden gem. Bandit boss Santa Maria learns of this and pursues the fugitives, as do the Shoshone, who have dug up a folding chair in place of the non-existent war axe. After some adventures, they all eventually arrive at the Shoe of Manitu, a rock cave. Before the villain sinks into a manure pit, there is an argument and subsequent reconciliation between Abahachi and Ranger.


(Title on CD)

  1. Where the Shoshone live beautifully
  2. A common goal
  3. All right, we’re bad
  4. Grmpfzl
  5. At the stake again
  6. Here we go!
  7. Shoo shoo
  8. Believe in yourself
  9. You are not alone
  10. I drink ouzo
  11. Wild West
  12. I need a man who can yodel
  13. Muffins must have
  14. Wishes come true
  15. Life is beautiful
  16. Superperforator
  17. Life is beautiful – Reprise
  18. I can’t go with you
  19. I can’t go with you – Reprise
  20. Gingerbread Heart
  21. The trolley ride
  22. Finale


World premiere at the Theater des Westens, Berlin 2008

Stage Entertainment produced the musical’s world premiere at the Theater des Westens on December 7, 2008. It was directed by Gip Hoppe and Carline Brouwer, with Gip Hoppe being fired during rehearsals and replaced by Carline Brouwer. The set design was by David Gallo and the choreography by Dan Knechtges. The puppets were designed by Michael Curry. The last performance took place on 31 May 2010.[1]

Open air plays Tecklenburg 2013

The completely new stage version, directed by Ulrich Wiggers, was performed at the Freilichtbühne Tecklenburg from 22 June 2013 to 25 August 2013 for a total of 21 times. Music and vocal arrangements by Martin Lingnau, book: John von Düffel, lyrics and co-author: Heiko Wohlgemuth.


Premiere cast
in Berlin in Tecklenburg
Abahachi Mathias Schlung Werner Bauer
Ranger Mark Seibert Alexander Klaws
Winnetouch Veit Schäfermeier André Haedicke
Uschi Michelle Splietelhof Femke Soetenga
Dimitri Detlef Leistenschneider Thomas Hohler
Santa Maria Ingo Brosch Reinhard Brussmann
Hombre Peter Kaempfe Julian Looman
Cunning amphibian Eric Minsk Eric Minsk
Meat loaf Thomas Klotz Sebastian Brandmeir


  • 2009 Der Schuh des Manitu – Cast album of the world premiere


  • 2009 kulturnews-Award of the magazine kulturnews for “Best Entertainment 2008
  • 2013 – The performance of the musical – Der Schuh des Manitu – at the Freilichtbühne Tecklenburg received four awards in the category “Short Term Musical” at the Musical Awards 2013 of the music magazine “Da Capo”: 2nd place: Best Short Term Musical – Der Schuh des Manitu; 1st place: Best Director, Ulrich Wiggers; 1st place: Best Actor (male), Alexander Klaws; 3rd place: Best Actress (female), Femke Soetenga.

Individual references

  1. Der Schuh des Manitu on the website of the license distributor Stage Entertainment.