Signature Theatre, Virginia, USA
March 6, 2012 – April 15, 2012
Music by Dana Rowe
Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
A world premiere rock musical from the award-winning creators of The Fix, The Witches of Eastwick and Zombie Prom.
In a desolate potato field north of Omsk, a comically fourth-rate Russian theatre troupe sets up its tents and wows the local farmers with rock-fueled adaptations of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Tonight, however, the company will toss classic literature aside to showcase the life story of their impresario and star, the seemingly immortal Brother Russia – more commonly known as Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. Yes, that Rasputin: the hypnotic mystic who seduced and ruled the Tsar and Tsarina in the waning days of Imperial Russia.
NBC Washington Nonstop’s Arlene Borenstein meets the creators of rock musical Brother Russia at the production’s world premiere at Signature Theater in Arlington. (After a brief commercial message.)