Sunday, April 30, 2017

American theater company produces "The Duchess of Chicago"

The Sverdlovsk Academic Theater of Musical Comedy has begun performances of Emmerich Kalman's operetta "The Duchess of Chicago."

Directed by American theater expert Michael Unger and choreographed by Patty Colombo, the theater production opened on the evening of May 25. The production is part of a U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission project called American Season In Russia.

The performance was opened by U.S. Vice Consul Zsofia Budai, who mentioned in her opening remarks that these types of cultural exchanges promote international cooperation and lead to mutual understanding between nations. According to the U.S. consulate, the performances included exceptional choreography, gorgeous costumes and decorations, beautiful music and singing, and fine stage direction.

The opening performance ended in a standing ovation, as American producers hugged their Russian colleagues, celebrating a highly successful performance. The show will continue to be open for Russian audiences through the Sverdlovsk Academic Theater of Musical Comedy's 2012-2013 season.

The Duchess of Chicago was originally written in German as Die Herzogin von Chicago. The play first opened in Vienna on April 5, 1928, where it ran for a total of 372 performances.