Singing Revolution: the musical tells the inspiring story of a peaceful protest

James Everts and Together; Photo by Jenny Graham

James Everts and Together; Photo by Jenny Graham

The summer of 1988 saw a series of concerts and joint singing, which would soon grow into a large-scale grassroots movement later known as the Singing Revolution. Photo courtesy of estonianworld.com

Singing Revolution: The Musical, inspired by the historic events of the Estonian Singing Revolution, will premiere January 15 in Los Angeles, California.

If one had to pick one lesson from the people of Estonia, it’s to stay focused, calm and determined when fighting for what you believe in. Every voice counts.

— Marju Rink-Abel, President of the EANC

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Jan. 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — In November 2021, Estonians around the world were able to celebrate the so-called Equinox of Freedom, when Independence Days of Estonia have finally passed the days of occupation. It is fitting that at this point a new representation of the singing revolution is ready to take the stage. January 15 marks another milestone, featuring Estonia’s journey to restored independence as the theme of a musical. In 2021, Estonia celebrated the 30th anniversary of its restored independence as a prosperous nation and a forward-looking member of the EU and NATO.

The Estonian American National Council (EANC) is the proud supporter of Singing Revolution: The Musical, which will run for a month on the main stage of the Broadwater Theater in Los Angeles, California, premiering on January 15. The production aims to introduce American theater audiences to the small but mighty country of Estonia and the perseverance and determination of the Estonian people as they peacefully struggled for independence from foreign occupiers.

Singing Revolution: The Musical, written by Tony Spinosa and James Bearhart, takes theatergoers on a four-decade journey telling the stories of star-crossed lovers (characters Taavi Tamm and Sofia Solokov) against a historical backdrop inspired by life real events of the peaceful and singing uprising of Estonia against the Soviet Union. “Singing Revolution” is a common name for the nonviolent movement that led to the 1991 restoration of the independence of the Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, after occupation by the Soviet Union. . Beginning in 1987, Estonians engaged in a series of mass protests, including spontaneously singing national songs, many of which were banned during the Soviet occupation. The musical incorporates many events of the time, including the Baltic Way (a 419.7-mile human chain of two million people, stretching from Tallinn, Estonia, to Riga, Latvia, to Vilnius, Lithuania).

In the play, Estonian student Taavi Tamm, who would later become an Estonian resistance leader (James Everts), falls in love with Sofia, the daughter of a Soviet officer (Bella Hicks). Meanwhile, Taavi’s teacher, Leena (Krista Feallock) and her Russian colleague, Viktor (Lucas Alifano) also find themselves attracted to each other. Michael Scott Harris plays Sofia’s father, Soviet commander Nikolai Solokov. Renée Wylder and Adam Wylie portray Taavi’s parents. The cast also includes Anthony Marciona, Peter Van Norden and others.

Singing Revolution: The Musical is created for American audiences and shows how “one voice can change the world”. The musical’s Europop score, lyrics by Spinosa and Bearhart, performed by a live band, will appeal to anyone who loves K-Pop and the Eurovision Song Contest. Singing Revolution: The Musical will run from Saturday, January 15 through February 20 at the Broadwater Theater on Hollywood’s Theater Row.

“We view this as an important theatrical and musical event that can showcase Estonia and its resilient people in a new way to American audiences,” said EANC President Marju Rink-Abel. The Estonian American National Council, a 501c3 registered non-profit organization, is the nationally elected central organization of Estonians in the United States. EANC’s mission is to promote and support Estonian culture and heritage and to represent the interests of Estonian Americans.

The Council is delighted that every person, every new supporter of the arts, every curious child and adult traveling the world, discovers the small but mighty Republic of Estonia, and we commend the Singing Revolution team for bringing their creative vision inspired by Estonian. history to the stage in these complicated times. “If we had to learn one lesson from the Estonian people, it’s to stay focused, calm and determined when we fight for what we believe in. Every voice counts”, commented Marju Rink-Abel.

Singing Revolution is sponsored, in part, by the Estonian American National Council.

Performances of Singing Revolution: The Musical take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., from January 15 to February 20. There will be two previews on Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14, each at 8 p.m. All tickets are $40, except previews, which are $30. The Broadwater Theater main stage is located at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Proof of vaccination is required for admission. Masks must be worn throughout the performance. For reservations and information, visit singerrevolutionthemusical.com.

Leelo Linask
Estonian American National Council
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