“A constantly tuneful, utterly charming, frequently insightful and laugh-out-loud hilarious musical comedy… a winner from start to finish…. Director Mike Donahue and librettist/translator Meg Miroshnik know how to bring this

Soviet satire smack into the here and now.”

-Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times (full story)

“Great fun… Director Mike Donahue keeps the human traffic moving at such a zany pace… and Shostakovich’s music is such a thoroughgoing delight…

COT is off to a strong start”

-John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune (full story)

“Mike Donahue’s imaginative direction was an object case in making something out of minimal resources with Donahue investing his cast with a comic energy and youthful enthusiasm… A hugely enjoyable evening for fans of opera as well as musical theater.”

-Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review (full story)

“Effervescent new production… a combination of superb onstage talent, inventive production ideas, and colorful orchestration… not-to-be-missed, a perfectly crafted confection of wacky satire and gentle hope.”

-Wynne Delacoma,

“A fun-loving romp, Cheryomushki welcomes visitors with promises of better lives, and this opera delivers on that pledge with larger-than-life exhilaration… Director Mike Donahue fills the town with vibrant personalities…

there is a lot to love!”

-Katy Walsh, Chicago Theater Beat (full story)

“Highly successful production… The show’s freshness and anti-authoritarian spirit – under director Mike Donahue – reflects the essence of the company’s crisp modern profile in the Windy City”

-Nancy Malitz, Chicago On The Aisles (full story)

“Flawless direction… this blast from the past is a joyous find.”

-Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Stage Style (full story)

“[Donahue’s] inventive direction riffs on every note, every measure of Shostakovich’s music… A colorful, fascinating and memorable show!”

-Sergey Elkin, (full story)

“Smashing, ebullient, remarkable”

-Christine Malcom, EDGE

“A fun-filled romp with historical relevance… obviously relevant for today’s world… Definitely a unique, thought-provoking fun night!”

-Margaret Eva,

moscow, cheryomushki

chicago opera theater, april 14-25, 2012

shostakovich’s musical comedy about the housing crisis in late 1950s moscow.  part-broadway musical, part rom com, cheryomushki follows three young couples as they struggle against housing shortages and petty bureaucrats in the search for private housing and love.  produced at the harris theater in downtown chicago’s millennium park, and featuring a newly adapted libretto by meg miroshnik. 

photos: peter coombs / liz lauren


music by dimitri shostakovich, libretto by meg miroshnik, arrangement by gerard mcburney / designed by: anya klepikov (set + clothes), julian pike (lights) / with: sophie gordeladze (lusya), dominic armstrong (sergei), paul larosa (boris), paul scholten (baburov), adrian kramer (sasha), emily fons (masha), sara heaton (lidochka), matt boehler (drebednyov), ashleigh semkiv (vava), paul corona (barabashkin); dancers: nebi berhane, jennifer goodman, craig kaufman, todd rhoades, teanna zarro; ensemble: catheryne shuman, valerie vinzant, megan rose williams, louise rogan, corrie stallings, carolyn jeanette stein, william dwyer, drew ladd, matthew newlin, loren battieste, andrew harris, adam lance hendrickson / conducted by alexander platt, choreographed by eric sean fogel, directed by mike donahue