Spring Wende Salon: American Musical Theatre in the Soviet Bloc Countries

In conjunction with the opening of our newest exhibition from the collection, American Musical Theatre in the Soviet Bloc Countries, the Wende's Spring Salon brought together a dynamic panel, featuring:

  • musical theatre actress Lola Fisher, who had been Eliza Doolittle in the 1960 Moscow production of My Fair Lady;
  • Institute of the American Musical executive director Miles Kreuger, who provided the historical context for American musicals; and
  • UC I Professor Dr. Kiril Tomoff, a Russian specialist who spoke about Porgy and Bess, the first theatrical exchange between the USA and the USSR since the Revolution.

To end the event, Lola Fisher regaled the audience with “I Could Have Danced All Night” in Russian.

Dr. Thomas E. Backer, the exhibition sponsor, co-curator and a member of the Wende Advisory Board, moderated the discussion about how this quintessentially American art form helped bring a distinctive American culture to audiences behind the Iron Curtain. Learn more about the exhibiton here.