Brother Russia (a musical by Demspey and Rowe)

Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

World Premiere
Signature Theatre
March 6 - April 15, 2012

A world premiere rock musical from the award-winning creators of The Fix and The Witches of Eastwick.

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.

“Dempsey’s lyrics are exceptionally witty, and Rowe’s music jaunty and tuneful, yet with the sophisticated sweep of a Sondheim.” — TIME Magazine