Tsarina the Musical
"Les Mis meets Dr. Zhivago"
Book, Lyrics & Music by Deborah Johnson
The story of the last Russian Monarch sets the stage for this magnificent epic musical.
The love of Nicolas and Alexandra endures in the face of political intrigue,
jealousy, greed, and revolution.
"...richly beautiful score ... captures the flavor of Russia"
"Johnson has crafted a superlatively skilled book musical"
"The Greatest Russian Musical" ...Russian Musical Society, i-netradio
Deborah Johnson has created a miraculous thing in TSARINA—a totally original musical, with an excellent book and lyrics, mostly by herself. It is definitely a rave and worth consideration. Please check out the persual materials. I have had the privilege of being a part of the development, as well as observing the World Premiere performances.
richard alan woody
Theatrical Agent for 20 years, produced & directed touring musical and family theatre productions, past Board President for the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in Los Angeles and an active Dramaturg
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Simple and Easy!
Live & Virtual. Perusal materials available. Includes Instrumental tracks, SFX and transitions.
ALEXANDRA: Strong-willed, beautiful German Princess who loves and marries the future Tsar.
NICHOLAS: Last heir in the Russian Romanov Dynasty. Overcomes his self-doubt, becomes Tsar, and marries for love.
GRIGORI: A self-proclaimed "holy man." Sorcerer of questionable intent.
HELENE: A French princess, rejected fiancé of Nicholas.
QUEEN VICTORIA: Ruler of the Free World. Grandmother of Alexandra.
TSAR GREGORY: Father of Nicholas. Large man who was afraid to go outside the palace.
Score and Book available for purusal. Cast of 17 with doubles. Easily enlarged to 50 or more for larger ensembles
Videos & Historical Course (start free!)
Nicholas & Alexandra Historical Course
In this brief course, We first cover some of the main historical events that happened around the time of the Russian Revolution under Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. There were some tragic events that happened during that time, especially to the royal family. This is history that can’t be changed or erased. Includes 5 videos & 8-pg. study guide!
World Premiere Cast 2011
2-Act Synopsis-5 min.
World Premiere Show Promo
Deborah Johnson Interview
"Tsarina: The Greatest Russian Musical" Interview with James Tuthill & Cristina Botnari I-NETRADIO.COM
Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2
Interview Part 3
The story of the last Russian Monarch sets the stage for this magnificant epic musical. The love of Nicholas and Alexandra endures in the face of political intrigue, jealousy, greed and revolution.
TSARINA is a musical based on the true story of Nicholas and Alexandra, the last of the Romanov Russian Monarchs. The mid-nineenth century was a time when political treachery, greed and supersition abounded in Europe and Russia, and religious beliefs and traditions were challenged. The couple's devotion transcended incredible odds, and their love story remains one of the greatest romances of all times!
HOW DID WE GET HERE? Opening song that bookends the show, starting and ending in the cellar, where the Romanovs met their fate. (Nick/Alix)
MY SOUL IS EXALTED Queen Victoria's theme as she passes her words of wisdom on to Alexandra (Queen Victoria/Alix)
OPERA DANCE Tsar Gregory and Nick attend the opera house where the company dances and sings. Negotiations are made with Princess Helene to be the future Tsarina. (Instrumental/Company)
IMPOSSIBLE Grigori is thrown out of the monastary by the Abbot. (Grigori/Abbot)
I WISH FOR YOU AND I Nick and Alix have now been writing each other almost every day, Nick in Russia and Alix in Germany sing this duet, though miles apart. (Nick/Alix)
HOLY MAN Grigori claims he is a "Holy man" as he begins making his way to the Romanov palace. (Grigori, Women's Chorus)
IF ONLY YOU BELIEVE Tsar Gregory challenges his son Nick to stand up and be ready to rule the world as the future Tsar. (Tsar Gregory)
RICHER THAN I Princess Helene, Alexandra and Grigori are all now making their way to the Romanov palace with different agendas, both Helene and Alix to be the future Tsarina and Grigori to influence the Royal family. (Helene/Alix/Grigori)
JILTED Helene learns Nick has called off their engagement to marry Princess Alexandra. (Helene)
FATHER The death of Tsar Gregory makes Nicholas the Tsar and ruler. (Nick/Konstantyn)
MORE! MORE! MORE! GOD SAVE THE TSAR The people are calling out to see their new Tsar, Nicholas. (Company)
UNDYING LOVE Alexandra arrives at the palace and Nick and Alix declare their Undying Love for one another. (Nick/Alix)
FATHER/KONSTANTYN Konstantyn, who was Tsar Gregory's advisor and now Nick's advisor, is not happy with Alix's influence on Nick. (Konstantyn)
WEDDING DANCE Takes place at Nick and Alix's wedding. The whole wedding party breaks out in a dance, but events outside the palace are not as festive as people outside the gates are shot. (Instrumental)
DAUGHTER'S PRAYER During this song, Alix prays for a son and has four daughters. The nanny, Oksana, has a son named Edward who would grow up to love Tatiana, daughter number two of Alix. (Alix/Oksana)
HOLY MAN RECITATIVE Alix again prays for a son and Grigori enters to answer her request and prophesies that she will have a son. (Alix/Grigori)
MY SON MUST NOT DIE Alix finds their son has the curse of hemophilia. Grigori claims that as long as he is alive and around, their son will not die. (Alix/Nick/Grigori/Doctor/Oksana)
When Act 1 concludes, Russia is at war. NICHOLAS and ALEXANDRA rejoice in the blessed birth of a son, yet the child is a bittersweet gift. The boy is afflicted with the blood disease carred through the Romanov's royal line, hemophilia.
MORE! MORE! MORE! Uprising of the townspeople with Nick shouting to just "wait" and follow his lead. (Company/Nick/Konstantyn/Viktor/Edward)
THE INTERNATIONALE Turning point of townspeople to Bolshevism (Company)
FATHER/QUEEN VICTORIA Queen Victoria dies and Alix laments that now she is truly alone (Alix)
UNDYING LOVE Reprise 1 (Nick/Alix)
MY SOUL IS EXALTED Reprise. Queen Victoria appears as a ghost and encouarages Alix to be wqith the people. (Queen Victoria)
WAR SONG Call to enlist troops for the war (Company/Viktor/Edward)
NEVER SAY GOODBYE Edward and Tatiana are in love and Edward is determined to help the people, who end up as the Bolsheviks. Tatiana is afraid they will never see each other again. (Edward/Tatiana)
UNDYING LOVE Reprise 2.
JILTED REPRISE Helenethreats revenge!
HOW DID WE GET HERE? The first family ends up in the basement to meet their fate. (Nick/Alix)
EVERYWHERE Queen Victoria greets the first family into Heaven's gates and they all reunite. (Company)
Cast & Cast Photos
The story of the last Russian Monarch sets the stage for this magnificent epic musical. The love of Nicolas and Alexandra endures in the face of political intrigue, jealousy, greed, and revolution.
WORLD PREMIERE CAST & CREW (on videos)
GROVE THEATRE SEPT. 16-25, 2011 • Upland, CA
Director/ Assoc. Choreographer: JOSHUA FINKEL
Choreographer/ Assoc. Dir.: KEVIN REMINGTON
Producer: DEBORAH JOHNSON
Alexandra: KELLY DEROUIN
Nicholas: PATRICK DILLON CURRY
Queen Victoria: CINDY CLARK
Grigori: MICHAEL TORRENUEVA
Tsar Gregory/ Abbot/ Ensemble: BRIAN BROWN
Helene/ Ensemble: DEBORAH LEDERER
Konstantyn: ROBERT MOON
Edward/ Ensemble: NICHOLAS SLOAN
Tatiana/ Ensemble: VALERIE LOHMAN
Viktor/ Ensemble: DAIN AUGUST
Oksana/ Ensemble: LAURA ANDERSON
Stefan/ Ensemble: AARON LYONS
Ensemble: AMY SEGAL, KELSEY COLEMAN, GABRIELLE GUTIERREZ, JOBOB TAELEIFI, TINA NGUYEN
Costumes: KIM OVERTON, MAGGIE GREEN (ass't)
Lighting/Set Design: MICHAEL HOFFMAN
Stage Manager: SANDRA GRAJEDA
Additional Music Production: MICHAEL FERENCI
Ass't to the Producer: LIS JOHNSON
Script Consultant: ED SANABIA
"How Did We Get Here" by WAYLAND PICKARD & DEBORAH JOHNSON
Tsarina is a musical based on the true story of Nicholas and Alexandra, the last of the Romanov Russian Monarchs. The mid-nineteenth century was a time when political treachery, greed, and superstition abounded in Europe and Russia, and religious beliefs and traditions were challenged. The couple’s devotion transcended incredible odds, and their love story remains one of the greatest romances of all times!
TSARINA can be performed with as few as 17 actors-with doubles or up to 50 or 60 for a large troupe.
Alexandra Doll is a special offer for large organizations performing TSARINA.
You can apply to recieve this limited edition porcelain antique reproduction doll to auction off to your group as a special fundraiser. (click on photo for full size)
Original STUDIO CAST ALBUM (with additional songs & arrangements) produced in 2006 available here:
Original STUDIO CAST ALBUM (with additional songs & arrangements) produced in 2006 available on AMAZON & order here
This album features original versions of some of the songs featured in the World Premiere performance. There are additional songs not in the final stage version and songs not included on this album that were written later. All the music went through further production & arranging before the World Premiere, but these are the original versions!
STUDIO CAST ALBUM features:
MIKE ANDERSON,JOYCE ANDERSON, CHARLIE CLARK, PHIL LOLLAR, DAVID JOHNSON, MICAH PEARSAL, SANDY MACKINGA (violin on Wedding Dance), LORI DONATO, MELANIE SMITH, RICHARD CALLACI (production), JACK MADJECKI (guitar), IAM KEENE (mastering) DOUG HAVERTY (art design)
SONGS on STUDIO CAST RECORDING: Raz-ma-taz • Who I Was Meant to Be • Dishes, Dolls, Dresses and Dreams • What is Love? • Suitors Three; Impossible! • If Only You Believe • I Wish for You and I • Jilted • Undying Love • So in Love With You • Wedding Dance • Holy Man • Never Say Goodby • More! More! More! • Song of War • Richer than I • I Need You • I Remember • Glory Road
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