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Milestone Musical Comes of Age
February 4, 2009   
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Metro, Poland's first musical, has just turned 18, having premiered Jan. 30, 1991 at Warsaw's Dramatyczny Theater. A watershed in the cultural life of Poland, Metro was born of the passion of director and choreographer Janusz Józefowicz and composer Janusz Stokłosa. The private sponsorship of businessman and producer Wiktor Kubiak made the dream a reality. The cast was built from the ground up with amateurs from all over the country. Some of them, like Edyta Górniak, Dariusz Kordek and Katarzyna Groniec, are now big names in the Polish music industry. Metro was as much a sociological phenomenon as it was an artistic one, with fan clubs springing up and some people seeing the show as often as 400 times.

Agata and Maryna Miklaszewska's libretto hit the mark with its story of street musicians, singers and dancers joining forces to entertain commuters on metro platforms. For Jan, one of the central characters, the metro, or subway system, is his life. The show is a sensation and the troupe is offered work at a commercial theater. Metro is a tale of dreams and disappointments, of passion and infidelity, of adolescent ideals and the potency of that folding green stuff. Mostly, though it is a love story. Metro hit the Polish theatrical scene like lightning with its energetic song and dance routines.

Metro has played to more than 1,420 packed houses in Poland, 40 on Broadway, where it premiered at the Minskoff Theater April 16, 1992, and more than 200 in Russia and France. So far, it has been seen by over 1.4 million people. Metro has been playing at Studio Buffo, one of Warsaw's youngest theaters, since 1997.

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The next performances of Metro at Buffo will be held Feb. 15 and 16 at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Reservations: tel. 0 663 91 00 91, 0-22 625-47-09 and 0-22 339-07-71, fax 0-22 622-92-93, Studio Buffo Box Office, 6 Marii Konopnickiej
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