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Beauty and the Beast in Moscow!

fter successful runs in other world cities, the musical that ran on Broadway for more than 5000 performances is finally coming to Moscow, where it will premiere at the MDM Palace, previously the home of the long-running Moscow production of Mamma Mia! With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, the musical version of the fairy tale classic is based on a book by Linda Woolverton and on the eponymous 1991 Disney film. Three years after the film’s release, the show debuted on Broadway to huge success, winning a Tony Award among other prizes. The Stage Entertainment Russia company, which is mounting the production, is certain that the familiar story of love, fidelity, and beauty, set to unforgettable music, will captivate Russian audiences, too.

Starting October 12 

Bossa Nova Festival

f you are eager to make your summer last into October, then this event is for you. The annual Bossa Nova Festival, which premiered last year to sold-out audiences, is back. Despite the Soviet Union’s restrictions on Western music in the 1960s and ‘70s, Bossa Nova was extremely popular, prompting the release of such albums as “Bossa Nova: The Most Beautiful Music in the USSR” and spawning a Russian-inflected version of the Brazilian musical style. This month you can join Irina Bogushevskaya, Alexei Ivaschenko, Tatyana Litvinenko and the Kvartal band, Nino Katamadze, and others as they transport festival goers to the land of sunshine, ocean breeze, and Bossa Nova.

Mir Concert Hall
October 10 & 11, 19:00

Goran Bregovic and Alcohol

o matter the venue — whether basilica, stadium, or movie theater — audiences use the same word to describe Goran Bregovic, the Balkan rock star turned opera and film composer: charismatic. Together with his ensemble, the Wedding and Funeral Band, Bregovic performs a repertoire of Balkan folk arrangements infused with his own musical ingredients, finding inspiration in the raw energy of brass-powered Gypsy bands. During his show, musicians come out one after another and fill the whole stage, and when they all begin to sing, play, and dance, staying still becomes impossible for the audience. After a number of extremely successful soundtracks and CDs, Bregovic is back in Moscow with his new album, Alcohol, a sure bet to warm up Muscovites as the weather turns colder.

State Kremlin Palace
October 4, 19:00

Amfest 2008

estivals of national cinemas are always a treat for real fans of cinematography. It is here that a wide spectrum of different genres is presented: Along with mainstream movies, visitors are presented with independent, low-budget ones as well as classics. This month, the third annual New Images of America film festival will take place in Moscow. It will again aim at revealing diverse themes, problems, and stylistics of contemporary American film through special programs, including gala-premieres, Hollywood classics, documentaries, and a retrospective. For venues and schedule, see

Formula Kino Evropa movie theater,
Evropeisky Mall
October 7-12

Jazz ‘08

he first Union of Composers International Jazz Festival was held in Moscow in 2007, with the participation of such jazz stars as Al Foster, Joshua Redman, Buster Williams, and Victor Bailey. Their jazz festivals since have been met with such positive audience reaction that the Union of Composers is now considered one of the city’s best jazz stages. The acts that will appear at this year’s festival, which will take place throughout the month of October, include, from the U.S., The Wild Shamans, Frank Colon, The Jed Levy Quartet, Amy London, and Phoenix Project; from France, The Lovers and Quelques Fiers Mongols; and, from Germany, Pascal von Wroblewsky. For this year’s festival schedule, see

Union of Composers Club
October 3–25

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