Michael Bitterman &  Dennis Drogseth | Rasputin-The Magic Reality Show

Go To Artist Page

Album Links
MySpace page

More Artists From
United States - NY - Upstate NY

Other Genres You Will Love
Easy Listening: Musicals/Broadway Easy Listening: Musicals Moods: Mood: Dreamy
There are no items in your wishlist.

Rasputin-The Magic Reality Show

by Michael Bitterman & Dennis Drogseth

Based on extensive research in which fact routinely outstripped fantasy, “Rasputin the Magic Reality Show” takes a satirical approach to how history is written in this carnival-like attempt to get at the “truth” behind Rasputin’s story.
Genre: Easy Listening: Musicals/Broadway
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
cd in stock order now
Share to Google +1

Tracks

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Smoke & Mirrors
Share this song!
X
2:45 album only
2. Changing Times
Share this song!
X
3:38 album only
3. What I See
Share this song!
X
2:20 album only
4. Power
Share this song!
X
2:28 album only
5. Good Thoughts
Share this song!
X
2:27 album only
6. What We Need
Share this song!
X
1:51 album only
7. Vision
Share this song!
X
5:24 album only
8. Song To A City
Share this song!
X
8:54 album only
9. Entr'acte
Share this song!
X
1:28 album only
10. I Came To Learn
Share this song!
X
3:24 album only
11. Staircase Notes
Share this song!
X
3:58 album only
12. Woman, Oh Woman
Share this song!
X
2:04 album only
13. Green People
Share this song!
X
2:02 album only
14. Someplace Pleasant
Share this song!
X
1:52 album only
15. Youssoupov's Song
Share this song!
X
4:34 album only
16. What Does It Feel Like?
Share this song!
X
2:47 album only
17. The World Outside
Share this song!
X
3:32 album only
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Not everyone has a chance to revisit their lives to seek a new verdict on how they lived – but in this show, Grigori Rasputin and his assassin, Prince Felix Youssoupov do. The results replay history with ironic and unexpected twists. Loosely framed in a parody of contemporary “Reality TV” – an energetically comic emcee/magician (“Felix”) struts out examine the life of Grigori Rasputin, who is brought out from the audience, a figure of unassuming stature, much like the historical Rasputin. It is immediately clear that he and Felix share something unusual between them.

The musical, which is based on extensive research around the life of Rasputin from various points of view (and there are quite a few here) explores the factors surrounding how history, itself, is created through media, narrative, rumor and superstition. Flamboyant Youssoupov, once the wealthiest man in Russia, a cabaret performer and cross dresser whose hero was Oscar Wilde, tries to orchestrate once again the life narrative of the man he killed nearly 100 years before. In parallel, the musical examines the troubling contradictions of Rasputin himself, a man who, had he been intellectually and morally stronger, might have conceivably been a powerful force for good. In a style that combines farce and tragedy (in accordance with actual historical events), “Rasputin the Magic Reality Show,” becomes in the end an affirming statement of what human beings can achieve, just as it warns of stereotypes, prejudice and convenience in response to the astonishing complexity and contradictions within us.



Reviews


to write a review