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Nord-Ost

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Nord-Ost (Норд-Ост, means "North-East" in German) is a Russian musical theatre production that was composed by Aleksei Ivaschenko and Georgii Vasilyev, based on the novel The Two Captains by Veniamin Kaverin. It is a fictional story based around the historical events surrounding the discovery of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in 1913. The musical was first staged on October 19, 2001 in the Dubrovka theatre, where it played over 400 performances. The play celebrates the Russian soldiers who fought in World War II. Development In the 1990s Georgy Vasiliyev saw Les Misérables in New York City, and felt inspired to take theatre to Russia. He tried to buy the rights to Les Misérables but did not succeed, so he decided to start a homegrown Russian production. He spent funds to convert a former ball-bearing factory "culture hall" into a modern theatre. He spent US4million,makingtheplaythemostexpensivetheatreprojectinthehistoryofRussia.TheticketswereUS4 million, making the play the most expensive theatre project in the history of Russia. The tickets were US15 each
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