Singing Revolution is a Europop musical in which modern-day star-crossed-lovers are involved in the Estonian Revolution against the Soviet Union.
Inspired by real-life events on the quaint streets of Tallinn, Estonia, locals struggle for their freedom and the preservation of Estonian culture. The situation becomes complicated when an Estonian falls in love with the Soviet Commander’s daughter.
The story travels back and forth in time to demonstrate the ripple effect of love and how every small act can lead to a revolution. It reminds us to never forget the power of kindness to change hearts and minds in a divisive world.
Tallinn Town Square is overflowing with Estonians as HEINZ TAMM leads the crowd in song(“Lift It Up”). As the story unfolds, we learn of the devastating number of Estonian men who are suddenly missing because of the Soviet occupation. Heinz wants to bring back his Estonian culture and refuses to let it be eliminated by the Soviet rule (“That’s What I’m Fighting For”). SOFIA, daughter of the Soviet Commander NIKOLAI SOLOKOV, meets Heinz while handing out pamphlets about the Soviet Union to local Estonians in Tallinn (“How Do We Know?”). Heinz is the first person to accept her pamphlet, and a connection begins as we continue into their respective classrooms led by their teachers, LEENA & VIKTOR (“Freedom Is A Form Of Love”). Heinz learns of the disappearance of his father who has been exiled to Siberia (“Never Forget Who You Are – Part 1”). Sofia consoles him (“Something New”) until her father, Nikolai, tears them apart (“Soviets”).Gorbachev introduces the concepts of glasnost and perestroika giving everyone freedom of speech and transparency for the first time in 50 years (“What Could Go Wrong?”). In response, Heinz decides to form a peaceful resistance group to voice their protest against Russification (“Resist”). Nikolai forms a group to counter the Estonians (“Compromise”). Heinz and the Estonians begin their resistance at the Tallinn Festival Grounds (“This Dream Is Alive”) Heinz then leads the group by devising a hundred-mile human chain that stretches across the country as the Estonians sing for their freedom (“Baltic Chain”). The Soviets decide to attack the Estonian resistance group by cornering them in a castle in the center of Tallinn (“Lift It Up – Act I Finale”). A stand-off begins where civil war is about to break out between the Estonian and Soviet political parties.Heinz sends out a message over public radio “Toompea castle is under attack. I repeat, Toompea castle is under attack.” Hundreds of Estonians flock to the castle and surround the Soviets, and just before the situation becomes violent,the curtain falls on Act I.
Heinz and Sofia get married and we seethe joy of this new couple (“Love Redirected”). They privately express their concerns and fears about their relationship and the challenges of a mixed-ethnicity relationship in a highly-political climate (“Dream Medley – Orchestral”). Sofia discusses her worries with Leena, who is now married to Viktor (“Love Against Conflict”). Nikolai disapproves of Sofia’s marriage which is observed by the ghosts of Stalin and Lenin (“What Could Go Wrong? – Reprise”). Heinz and Sofia fight, severing their relationship,cementing their respective futures as enemies. Heinz, upset, goes to his choir rehearsal (“Boldly Comrades Keep Step”) as Leena auditions (“Never Forget Who You Are – Part 2”). Viktor, worried for Leena’s safety, barges in and pulls her away. At the One-hundredth Anniversary of the Tallinn Song Festival (“Boldly Comrades Keep Step – Reprise”), Heinz and the choir call for a revolution (“That’s What I’m Fighting For – Reprise”).We return to the scene at the castle from the end of Act 1, at the moment where civil war is about to break out. Heinz and Sofia face off as Heinz confesses that he deeply regrets the actions he took and has been making up for it ever since (“Never Forget Who You Are – Part 3”). The standoff resolves when the Soviets become outnumbered by Estonians as the townspeople once again begin to sing as their weapon of resistance. Heinz continues his leadership efforts until Estonia achieves their re-independence in 1991 (“An Act of Kindness”). Sofia begins to see the peaceful approach that Heinz continues to demonstrate, and after reflecting on his acts of kindness, she forgives and embraces Heinz.