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Daria Vorobyeva

Daria Vorobyeva

Musical theatre lover since 2009. Daria Vorobyeva has studied Journalism and took several courses on Cultural and Theatre Studies. She also writes about films (BLICKK, Geeks Empire).



BWW Review: CHESS at MDM Theatre - Back Where It Started
October 24, 2020

You all know Chess – that grand musical about the rivalry between Soviet and American chess players with a love triangle and fleeing the Soviet Union. This fall, it finally reached Russia with the help from Dmitry Bogachev and his company Broadway Moscow. It has it all – a notable director, great cast, freedom in terms of changing the plot and, unfortunately, a few drawbacks. Chess is that show that always surprises you because it's never the same in terms of structure and characters. Luckily, I got a chance to see it prior to the opening night. Here's how it was. 

Russia's CHESS Is Set To Premiere on October 17 at MDM Theatre
July 20, 2020

The opening night of the Russian production of CHESS is to take place in Moscow's MDM Theatre a?' home of Broadway Moscow Theatre Company on October 17, 2020. It will become the first and only large-scale musical premiere in Russia this Fall, after the restrictions on presentation of theatrical productions have been lifted by the authorities.

October 7, 2019

Broadway Moscow is back at it againa?"and by that, I mean the production of comedies. It all started last year with The Show That Goes Wrong, and now The Comedy About a Bank Robbery was added to the list. This isn't even on real Broadway yet! 

BWW Review: FIRST DATE at MDM Theater
September 25, 2019

Watching First Date live was like a breath of fresh air. Finally, a musical about contemporary life and not an old but everlasting classic. This does not only start a conversation with modern spectators but also attracts modern audience for this genre. And musicals desperately need young spectators in Russia. Almost all previous productions in my country were either about mysterious phantoms in the operas, Russian history and literature or some phenomenon of stylish people in the USSR. 

BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Taganka Theatre
September 15, 2019

18 years ago a love story by Jason Robert Brown premiered in Chicago. Today, it is translated into several languages and was shown in Stockholm, Basel, Belfast, Paris, London, etc. Now, it's coming to Moscow. 

BWW Review: BROADWAY DREAMS 2019 at MDM Theatre
April 27, 2019

Spring for Russian performers and musical theatre lovers is a special season - Broadway actors, directors and composers have been coming to Moscow to make a show every year since 2016. Three years later, we have Tyler Hanes, Nicholas Rodriguez and Matthew Scott as American stars shining together with Russian ones.

STEPHEN FLAHERTY and LYNN AHRENS Will Run A Workshop At Bolshoi Theatre
April 22, 2019

Composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens are going to hold a meet-the-artist session at Bolshoi Theatre on the 25th of April. They will share their experience in working on a musical score and lyrics. During the session, there will be a workshop for composers where young creators can share their music and get feedback.

BWW Interview: Darya Avratinskaya on Russian Musicals, Her Favorite Role and Being in SWEENEY TODD at Taganka Theatre
March 31, 2019

Darya Avratinskaya is a theatre actress who acts both in plays and musicals and has already managed to get to the only Russian production of Sweeney Todd: she is Johanna and a part of the ensemble. Besides, Darya acts in Chekhov's 'The Seagull', plays Alice in 'Run, Alice, Run', Princess in 'An Old, Old Tale' and Dog in 'Fable' at Taganka Theatre. She is also a part of 'Stilyagi' cast at Theatre of Nations.

BWW Review: STILYAGI at The State Theatre Of Nations
February 24, 2019

The show premiered on 21st of February. It was preceded by a huge casting (more than 2500 people took part in it!) that lasted for almost 6 months. As a result, the cast combines famous faces from the musical world with brand new ones, like Oleg Ots. He just finished acting school and got the leading male part (Mels, which is an abbreviation for Marks, Engels, Lenin and Stalin).

February 7, 2019

A Valentine's Day is coming up in a week, so we have chosen 5 different theatre spots where you can go on a date with someone and get things going.

BWW Review: 20TH CENTURY. THE BALL at Moscow Art Theatre - Amazing Dancing Through Decades
January 14, 2019

This play, which is described by the theatre as "the reflections of a memory" tells the story of Russia in the last century, beginning with Imperial Russia, moving to the USSR and ending as the Russian Federation - all in 100 years. The Ball was directed by a choreographer Alla Sigalova with the cooperation of a media manager Konstantin Ernst. It premiered last month, on 5th of December.

January 10, 2019

2019 has been announced as the Theatre Year in Russia. Will it be great? What are the shows that you don't want to miss? Here are 9 musicals and plays, which I expect to be interesting. And they are going to premiere this year in Russia!

BWW Review: WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT at Film Center Oktyabr (New European Theatre Festival) - A Thrilling Journey Through The Story
December 18, 2018

The work of Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour was produced as a part of a New European Theatre Festival in Moscow. There is no director. There are no rehearsals, costumes, decorations. Only the words of Soleimanpour and the performer's presence and voice. The chosen people to read the script for this festival were actors Sergey Yepishev, Alexey Yudnikov and Anatoly Bely, activist Anton Krasovsky, actresses Alisa Grebenshchikova and Yuliya Aug, writer and journalist Mikhail Zygar (I saw his performance).

BWW Review: RUN, ALICE, RUN at Taganka Theatre - Alice Ran to Moscow And It Is Awesome
November 6, 2018

The musical based on Vladimir Vysotsky's lyrics has been recently nominated for the Russian national theatre award Golden Mask in 5 categories: Best Production, Best Director, Best Designer, Best Costume Designer, Best Light Designer in Operetta/Musical. Vysotsky's work was released on vinyl in 1976 in the USSR. Run, Alice, Run premiered earlier this year to celebrate the 80th birthday of a great Russian songwriter and singer.

CHESS To Premiere in Russia Next May!
October 24, 2018

Moscow Broadway has announced the opening of the first Russian production of the legendary musical Chess, created by Tim Rice, Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The musical will premiere on a stage of Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre in May 2019 and will move to Moscow to be daily run in MDM Theatre in September. This is going to be the first time when a Russian state academic opera theatre will make a co-production with a Russian commercial theatre company.

BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Moscow Palace Of Youth - It Went Right!
October 19, 2018

Russian theatre-goers are used to attend Moscow Palace of Youth to watch new musicals mostly produced by the company Stage Entertainment and its ex-CEO Dmitry Bogachev. But that is in the past. Bogachev, now a member of The Broadway League and a CEO of Moscow Broadway, has decided to put aside musical productions in Russia for this season and to produce The Play That Goes Wrong.

BWW Review: SERYOZHA at Moscow Art Theatre - Everything Was In Astonishment
October 14, 2018

Dmitry Krymov has directed a new 'Anna Karenina' - and named it by her son's name, 'Seryozha'. 'This is a stage play based on motifs of a great novel, I would even say, on very distant motifs', the director explained his work where most of the Tolstoy's characters are erased, where Anna is transformed into Lyudmila Shaposhnikova from Vasily Grossman's novel 'Life and Fate' - and where the feeling of losing a child is clearly similar both in 19th century and during the Great World War.