On May 24-25, 2019, the company of the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy will perform in Berlin. The tour is incorporated in the program of the international cultural project "Russian Seasons" in Germany.
On May 24, the "Catherine the Great" musical, dedicated to the history of the transformation of the humble German princess into the great Russian Empress, will take place at the Theatre on Potsdamer Platz. The musical stage production in two acts that premiered in May 2008 is regarded as “theatrical blockbuster” and “the first Russian epic musical” both by the press and theater critics.
Since the very first day, a grand production created on a sumptuous and veritably “imperial” scale was a spectacular success with the public. The performance employs the whole acting troupe of the Sverdlovsk Musical Comedy Theatre, with 400 costumes, 250 pairs of shoes, 400 headgear being used in its course. The "Winter Palace" set takes almost the entire stage. It is a giant three-storied setting that requires over 20 hours to get installed.
Lasting about 3 hours, the musical chronicle of the times of the Empire, "Catherine the Great", was created specifically for the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy by composer Sergei Dreznin and playwrights Mikhail Roshchin and Alexander Anno. The play is based on the events of the eventful period in the national history, the “Golden Age” of Russia.
The performance was brought to life by a creative group from Moscow: stage director Nina Chusova, set designers Vladimir Martirosov and Anastasia Glebova. Costumes were sewn in the theatre's shops by using the unique “germinated” fabric, following the model sketches by Pavel Kaplevich. Honored Artist of Russia, winner of the "Golden Mask" Award, the senior conductor of the theatre orchestra Boris Nodelman acts as a conductor, and choreographer of the production is the repeat winner of the "Golden Mask" Award, Tatyana Baganova.
The “Catherine the Great” musical is the winner of two National “Golden Mask” Theater Awards (“The Best Work of Costume Designer in Musical Theatre”, “The Best Actress in Operetta or Musical”), and of other professional awards.
On May 24, the musical will be acted by People's Artist of the Russian Federation Nina Shamber (Empress Catherine II), winner of international competitions, winner of the "Golden Mask" Award Maria Vinenkova (Princess Fike), People's Artist of the Russian Federation Nadezhda Basargina (Elizaveta), Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Anatoly Brodsky (Yemelyan Pugachev), laureate of international contest, laureate of the "Golden Mask" Award Igor Ladeyshchikov (Grigory Orlov), and others.
On May 25, actors of the Sverdlovsk State Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy will give a gala concert, "The Ural Kaleidoscope", at the Russian House for Science and Culture in Berlin. An exclusive concert program has been prepared especially for German connoisseurs of musical theatre. The troupe will perform arias and duets from classical operettas ("Die Csárdásfürstin", "Die Herzogin von Chicago", "Countess Maritza", "The Violet of Montmartre", "Die Bajadere", and others), along with spectacular scenes from such globally acclained musicals as "Phantom of the Opera", "Chicago", "Cabaret", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Evita", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Mozart, l'opéra rock". Ballet dancers will perform exquisite plastic variety dance, while “the most dancing theatrical choir” will surprise the audience with elegant acts.
The gala concert will be accompanied by Symphony Orchestra of the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre Of Musical Comedy under the direction of its senior conductor, Honored Artist of Russia, laureate of the Russian National “Golden Mask” Theatre Award Boris Nodelman. The program will feature soloists of the theatre, choir singers and ballet dancers, NON SOLO male vocal project.
'Sverdlovsk Oblast is a region where the level of culture equals not only the federal, but the global one, as well. As to the theatrical art, the "Catherine the Great" musical can be called a signature performance of the region. I am confident that the production will be warmly welcomed by the foreign public,' remarks the Governor of the Sverdlovsk Oblast Yevgeny Kuyvashev.
Venue: Theatre at Potsdamer Platz, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1, 10785 Berlin (May 24), Russian House for Science and Culture in Berlin, Friedrichstraße 176-179, 10117 Berlin (May 25).
May 24 at 20:00 – "Catherine the Great", musical play
May 25 at 19:00 – "The Ural Kaleidoscope", gala concert.