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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Anna Karenina and Cinderella sing in the new season

Has become a good tradition to start in October new musicals. Here and in the next season the theatre “Moskovskaya Operetta” will present the original musical production “Anna Karenina” on the classical novel by Leo Tolstoy, and the Stage entertainment at the theater “Russia” – at least the classic Broadway tale “Cinderella”. Both projects are the stars of the Russian musical

photo: Anna Melikhova

Perhaps the main difference from the traditional musical repertoire of a musical performance is an open call. It’s an English word meaning merely “casting” and came into our lexicon together with the musical genre, indicates a very important thing: the producers choose the actor for the role of the huge crowd of applicants. While in repertory theatre the choice of the Director is restricted to the troupe. This gives you the opportunity to adopt the role very, very erotic Vronsky or the most evil Stepmother.

Now the two creative teams have already started rehearsals – casting is passed, “most-most” selected. Now, in “Anna Karenina” in the title role approved Ekaterina Guseva, Valeria Lanskaya, who played a bright role in the musical projects “Operetta”. It is not surprising that part of the caste of “Anna Karenina” will be artists with experience in performances of the Stage entertainment: after all, they were a real Broadway school, and then become high-level professionals. Dmitry Ermak, who received a Golden Mask for his starring role in “the Phantom of the Opera” will play Vronsky, Natalia Bystrova (MAMMA MIA!, “Beauty and the beast”, “Zorro”, “the Sound of music,” “the little Mermaid”, “Chicago”) will play the role of kitty. Dmitry and Natalie – a husband and wife. And Anna Karenina is not the first performance where together they will take the stage.

Natalia Bystrova: “a Passionate love played, give the friendly, fatherly and educational, relationships, but thrown with the bride for me still to be not ever”. In “Karenina” will be busy and other artists who are familiar to viewers of the work in various musicals: Teona Dolnikova, Sergey Lee, Andrey Birin, Maxim Zausalin, Igor Balalaev, Lika Rulla, Alexander Marakulin, Andrey Alexandrin. The music was written by Roman Ignatiev (“Monte Cristo”, “Count Orlov” musical ice “Carmen”), libretto: Julius Kim. Putting on a play Alina Cevik.

Interestingly, Natalia Bystrova, starved for work while sitting with a child (in 2014 from the artistic couple had a son Elisha), is going in the new season to combine two projects In “Cinderella” she will play the title role. “Cinderella” at the theater “Russia” – also a completely new product, though based on the classical telemusica 1957. License class “b” allows the use of libretto and music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Throughout the rest of the credits are absolutely free. Thus, “Cinderella” is not a carbon copy, but the original Russian version of the beloved tale. The Director acts award winner Laurence Olivier Lindsay Posner. Under his leadership, the performance of writes an international team of Directors. Including the author of the Russian text Alexei Ivashchenko, music Director Evgueny zagot, choreographer-Irina Kashuba, costume designer Tatiana Noginova and lighting designer Alexander Sivaev. The role will play Prince charming “Monster” Pavel Levkin and Stepmother – Lika Rulla, who, like Natalia Bystrova, is going to keep up everywhere. Well, in the evenings when Bystrov will transform into a kitty Sherbatsky, in the role of Cinderella will get used Julia Willow, just dazzled the audience with brilliant tap dance in the musical “singin’ in the rain”.

From the file “MK”: the First novel of Leo Tolstoy “Anna Karenina” as a book was published in 1878. There are several musicals based on this novel:

– the libretto and the poetry of Peter Kellogg, music by Daniel Levin. Opening night on Broadway took place in 1992.

– libretto and poetry Tibor Miklosi, music Tibor Kochak. Premiered in Budapest in 1994

– libretto and poetry to Jotaro Pennanen and Tatyana Kalinina, music by Vladislav Uspensky. Premiere of the city of Lahti, Finland in 2000.

– libretto by Gennady Chikhacheva, music by Mark Samoilov, poems Leonid Yakovlev. Premiere at Musical theatre under the direction of Gennady Chikhachev in 2010 year.

And the tale of Cinderella was first published in 1696 in Paris, in the collection “Tales of mother Goose” by Charles Perrault. The premiere of the TV musical “Cinderella” with music by Richard Rodgers on the poems of Oscar Hammerstein took place on the American channel CBS in 1957. Since then, worldwide, there were plenty of stage versions of “Cinderella,” including a Christmas pantomime in London, the Opera in new York and several touring productions (designed for touring). In 2013, the musical debuted on Broadway where it was nominated for a Tony award in 9 categories.

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