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 Taavi Tamm leads the crowd in song toward the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds during the First Spontaneous Night Song Festival (“Lift ItUp”). As the story unfolds, we learn of the devastating number of Estonian men who are suddenly missing because of the Soviet occupation. Taavi wants to bring back his Estonian culture and refuses to let it be eliminated by theSoviet rule (“That’s What I’m Fighting For”). Sofia, daughter of theSoviet Commander Nikolai Solokov, meets Taavi while handing out pamphlets about the Soviet Union to local Estonians in Tallinn (“How Do We Know?”). Taavi 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”). Taavi 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 Solokov, tears them apart (“Soviets”). We flash forward to 1987 when Gorbachev introduces the concepts of glasnost and perestroika giving everyone freedom of speech and transparency for the first time in 50 years (“WhatCould Go Wrong?”). In response, Taavi decides to form a peaceful resistance group, the Popular Front, to voice their protest against Russification (“Resist”).Nikolai forms Interfront, a group to counter the Estonians Popular Front (“Compromise”).Taavi and the Estonians begin their resistance at the Tallinn Festival Grounds (“ThisDream Is Alive”). Taavi then leads the group by devising a four-hundred-mile human chain that stretches across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as the Baltics sing for their freedom (“Baltic Chain”). The Soviets decide to attack the Estonian resistance group by cornering them at Toompea 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. Taavi 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.
We flashback to 1968 as Taavi and Sofia get married and we see the joy of this new couple (“LoveRedirected”). Sofia, Leena, Viktor and Taavi’s Mother privately express their concerns and fears about their relationship and the challenges of a mixed-ethnicity relationship in a highly political climate (“The Other Side”). Nikolai disapproves of Sofia’s marriage which is observed by the ghosts of Stalin and Lenin as they manipulate Gorbachev (“What Could Go Wrong? -Reprise”). Taavi attends his choir rehearsal (“Boldly Comrades KeepStep”) as Leena auditions (“Never Forget Who You Are – Part 2”). Viktor worries for Leena’s safety barges in and pulls her away. Taavi expresses the importance of preserving the Estonian culture and looks to find a peaceful way to retaliate (“Boldly Comrades Keep Step - Reprise”). Once Taavi leaves the choir rehearsal, he is confronted by Nikolai who demands that Taavi leave Sofia immediately or Taavi’s mother will be taken by to Siberia to endure the same fate as his father. Begrudgingly, Taavi leaves Sofia without explanation. Nikolai consoles Sofia suggesting that this is common behavior from Estonian men. We enter into a dream sequence where we revisit Taavi andSofia falling in love, the tension between the Estonians and the Soviets and the chasm that tears them apart (‘Dream Medley – Orchestral’). At the end of the dream sequence, We return to the scene at Toompea Castle from the end of Act 1, at the moment where civil war is about to break out. Taavi and Sofia face off as Taavi confesses that he deeply regrets the actions he took and has been making up for it ever since (LiftIt Up – Act 1 Finale – Reprise). Taavi pleads with the crowd to remain peaceful (“That’s What I’m Fighting For - Reprise”). Nikolai and Interfront prepare to sever Estonian communication with Europe and they plot to take over the Tallinn T.V. Tower. Sofia learns of her father’s lies regardingthe threat he posed to Taavi. Sofia, leaving her father in a fit of rage, meetsup with Leena and tells her of Interfront’s plan to take over the T.V. Tower (AnAct of Kindness”). We arrive at the Tallinn T.V. Tower as the standoffbetween the Popular Front and Interfront intensifies. Taavi reminds the crowdabout their life choices and perpetual integrity (“Never Forget Who You Are– Part 3”). The standoff resolves when the Soviets turn on Nikolai. Taavicontinues his leadership efforts until Estonia achieves their re-independencein 1991 (“Lift It Up/An Act of Kindness – Act 2 Finale”). Sofia beginsto see the peaceful approach that Taavi continues to demonstrate, and afterreflecting on his acts of kindness, in the midst of the celebration concert atthe Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Sofia finds forgiveness and embraces Taavias the curtain falls.