The Glorious Death of Comrade What’s-His-Name
A one-night-only concert of The Glorious Death of Comrade What’s-His- Name will be presented January 20, 2020, at 9:30 PM at Feinstein’s/54 Below. The musical is set in Stalin’s Soviet Union, where Semyon, an unemployed grumbler, becomes convinced that suicide is his ticket to fame and glory. Before long, friends and neighbors are plotting to exploit his impending death for fun and profit, and, while they’re at it, topple an entire regime.
Directed by Don Stephenson (The Producers), the concert will feature Jackie Hoffman (Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray), Christine Bokhour (Chicago) Raymond Bokhour (Chicago), Jim Borstelmann (Bullets Over Broadway), Maia Guest (Granite Flats), John Jellison (Come From Away), Drew McVety (Spamalot), Christopher Gurr (CATS), and Andy Taylor (Sunset Boulevard).
The Glorious Death of Comrade What’s-His-Name, which has a book by David Bridel, music by Simon Gray, and lyrics by Raymond Bokhour, is based on The Suicide, a farce written by Nikolai Erdman in 1928.