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The Phenomenon of the Musical „1989”

The rap musical about the generation of "Solidarity" enjoys incredible popularity among the audience. The spectacle, which is a co-production of the Słowacki Theater in Krakow and the Shakespeare Theater in Gdańsk, is played on two stages in Krakow and Gdańsk with a full audience. Certainly it is due to the surprising and clever performance that captivates viewers regardless of age.

Events known from newsreels and history books come to life on stage through the eyes of three fascinating couples. In the lives of the Frasyniuks, Wałęsas and Kurońs, ideas compete with love, enthusiasm collides with the weight of history, and heroism is intertwined with family tragedies. The viewers accompany the heroes in iconic moments - during strikes in the shipyard and at the Round Table - but also in intimate moments of joy and suffering experienced in the privacy of communist apartments or prison cells.

Premiere of this musical at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre. And indeed, the authors managed to show the story not frosted, and the characters with human flaws. The audience, filled to the last seat, applauded at the end of the musical for several minutes. Among the spectators there were heroes of those days, among others: Henryka Krzywonos-Strycharska, Bogdan Borusewicz and Andrzej Celiński. The icing on this musical cake was the performance of actress Joanna Szczepkowska, who rapped the already famous "Ladies and gentlemen, on June 4, 1989, communism has ended in Poland.”

Subsequent performances bring long standing ovations. This wise story shows a common fight for freedom, independent of any circumstances.