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The Theater on Podil presents the rock musical “Got to Be Free”.


Today, GOT TO BE FREE is 12 stories based on real-life events that recently took place here in Kyiv.

Yes, it really happened with us: Love, Dignity, Struggle, Revolution. And also: War, Volunteers, Unity, Hope.

The live sound of the orchestra and rock band, modern choreography and bright special effects turn historical events into a true Broadway show.

The musical was presented at several venues in Kyiv and Lviv for a narrow audience, and in September 2018 it was the headliner of the  largest-scale festival of Ukrainian culture in Canada, the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival.

The show is constantly evolving and transforming – from rock club to open air show. Each time, we find the right means of expression and effects to inspire and transfer the thoughts of the viewer in those times. Today, in the theatrical version, original elements from world classics Taras Shevchenko and William Shakespeare,  the latest from Sergii Zhadan and the modernized dance “Arkan” are added.


Director – Vitaliy Malakhov

Producer, author of music and lyrics – Volodymyr Lavrenchuk

Music producer – Igor Gromadskyi

Choreographer – Anatoly Frolov

Costume Designer – Maria Khomyakova, Svetlana Zaikina



Dmytro Kondratiev – keyboards

Oleksii Klonkin – guitar

Yevgen Girych – guitar

Oleksandr Novichenko – bass

Maxym Fakhrutdinov – drums

Nazar Yakobenchuk / Oleksandra Vasylieva – the first violin

Andrii Mazko / Kyrylo Bondar – second violin

Valentyna Bugrak – alto

Vlad Prymakov  –  cello

Oleksandr Tsykora – trumpet


Backup singers:

Olena Dyachenko

Sergii Yurchenko


Ballet: Iryna Prytchyna,  Oleksandr Savinich, Tolik Frolov, Valentyn Kvatchan, Maryna Zhytnya


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Performance language – Multilingual performance

1 hour 30 minutes without intermission

Genre – Rock musical

First night – February 23, 2019

Author – Volodymyr Lavrenchuk

Ivan, rock musician, volunteer of Maidan
Malanka, activist of Maidan