The Glorious Death of Comrade What's-His-Name

Music by Simon Gray

Lyrics by Raymond Bokhour

Book by David Bridel

Adapted from the play The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman

Tony®-winning director John Rando (Urinetown) recently helmed a raucous reading of this new comedy, developed at the Tony-honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (cradle of Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Ragtime, and many more). Gray and Bokhour are both recipients of BMI’s Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement.

The Glorious Death of Comrade What's-His-Name is a wacky original musical comedy set in Stalin’s brutal Soviet Union. Semyon, an unemployed grumbler, becomes convinced that suicide is his ticket to fame and glory. Before long, friends and neighbors are plotting to exploit his impending death for fun and profit, and while they’re at it, topple an entire regime.

The story is based on The Suicide, a farce written by Nikolai Erdman in 1928. Stalin hated it, banned it, and sent its author to a Siberian labor camp for twenty years.

Critically acclaimed playwright David Bridel creates a timely adaptation of this black comedy that crackles with wit and snowballing insanity. The score by Gray and Bokhour is potent and exciting, filled with one killer song after another.

The Glorious Death of Comrade What's-His-Name has been awarded a grant from The Anna Sosenko Assist Trust.


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Songs from The Glorious Death of Comrade What's-His-Name

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Recorded on July 27th, the Snapple Theater Center

Song Credits

"I'm Prob'ly Gonna Die"
Raymond Bokhour and Christine Bokhour. Piano by Fred Lassen.

"You Can’t Complain"
Singers: Jeffrey Kuhn, Craig Fols, Kevin Carolan.
Piano: Fred Lassen

"Your New LIfe as a Hero"
Drew McVety, Raymond Bokhour. Piano by Fred Lassen.

"I, Podsekalnikov"
Raymond Bokhour, Jeff Ward, Kevin Carolan, Greg Skura, Drew McVety, Jessica Leigh Brown, Julian Fleisher. Piano by Tim Rosser.

"Things Will Be Easy"
Singer: Christine Bokhour, Joanna Glushak
Piano: Fred Lassen

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