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The sea spread wide

Musical fantasy in two acts
using excerpts from the play and part of the musical numbers

Original play by Vs. Vishnevsky, A. Kron and Vs. Azarov
Music by N. Minkh, L. Krutz and V. Vitlin
Stage director - People's Artist of Russia Alexander Kuzin
Musical director and conductor - Allayar Latypov
Artist — Kirill Piskunov
Choreographer - Vladimir Romanovsky
Choirmaster - Evgeny Takmakov
Lighting designer - Andrey Kotov
Animator - Ksenia Kalinina
Conductor - Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Alekseev
Directors assistant - Honored Artist of Russia Alla Semak

The premiere will take place on May 7, 2023

The musical comedy by V. Vitlin, L. Kruts and N. Minkh “The Sea Spread Widely” appeared in the repertoire of the Leningrad Musical Comedy Theater in a harsh time, when Leningrad was in the grip of a blockade, and its valiant defenders and residents exhausted by physical and spiritual suffering needed energetic, an uplifting story in which, at last, even within the framework of a theatrical production, the enemy would be defeated. Musical and dramatic material, created by the authors in the shortest possible time, were only invented to a small extent, and for the most part they were written off from real events and persons. The performance, which premiered on a significant day - November 7, was a resounding success with the audience.

In the 21st century, returning to this name, the theater plans to rethink the material, which is clearly tied to historical events, without trying (which, however, is impossible) to reconstruct the 1942 production. The musical comedy “The Sea Spreads Wide”, the main advantage of which was in the unifying uplifting force and patriotic orientation, is a work that is not without relevance in this sense even eighty years after the premiere. Reflecting on the creation of a new production in the absence of modern works for musical theater with a military-historical theme, the theater is considering the possibility of creating a musical fantasy on the themes of this comedy, adapting the text and musical material for the perception of the audience of the 21st century.The theater is sure that worthy examples from the past, presented in a vivid, imaginative and emotional form using modern production tools of a professional theater, are necessary to build the continuity of generations in society, cultivate respect for the roots and give cultural accents to the most important events of national history.

Performance duration 2 hours 15 minutes with one intermission