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The Witches of Eastwick Come to Warsaw
   
”The Witches of Eastwick” is the biggest production in the history of the Syrena Theater with a 30-strong cast, accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Tomasz Filipczak. The Warsaw performance features a dynamic choreography by Jarosław Staniek and surprising special effects by Maciej Pol. The cast includes the biggest names of the Polish musical stage: Olga Szomańska, Ewa Lorska, Barbara Melzer and Tomasz Steciuk.

The Polish production of ”The Witches of Eastwick” has inaugurated a new chapter in the history of the Syrena Theater under Jacek Mikołajczyk, the theater’s director since last year. His ambition is to turn Syrena into a venue playing the world's biggest Broadway and West End hits.

In the past, Mikołajczyk directed such musical hits as ”Sister Act” and ”Nine” at the Musical Theater in Poznan and ”The Addams Family” at Gliwice Musical Theater. The latter was awarded as the best Polish musical performance in 2015. ”The Witches of Eastwick” will be the first premiere under Mikołajczyk’s direction of Syrena.

The musical, based on the novel by John Updike, was performed for the first time in the London West End in 2000. It was adapted for the musical stage by John Dempsey, who wrote the lyrics and Dana P. Rowe, who composed the music, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, a man behind the success of such musicals as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Cats.

"The Witches of Eastwick" was also played on musical stages in the USA, Australia, the Czech Republic, Norway, Brazil, Austria and Russia (the director of this version was Poland’s Janusz Józefowicz),The Polish audience is familiar with the story of three housewives from a provincial town of Eastwick thanks to the 1987 film, in which Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer played the main roles.

The protagonists, Alexandra, Jane and Sukie long for a man who would turn their mundane lives into an exciting adventure. They are not aware of their magical powers that can turn their dreams into reality. All of a sudden, a charismatic and demonic Darryl van Horne appears in town. Seducing each of the women in turn Darryl teaches them how to further expand the powers locked within, though their new unorthodox lifestyle scandalizes the town.

This one of the most "feminine" musicals in the genre's history, is about the magical potential dormant in women, about the power that gives them confidence in their own abilities and their own beauty. At the same time, it is a hilarious comedy, written by the English masters of humor and, above all, a great musical feast.
The performance is shown with English subtitles.
M.R.