A tragic story of romance and political intrigue from 16th century Europe. The rock musical The Legend of Zygimantas Augustas and Barbora Radvilaite appears in Chicago for one night only, October 6. The young Grand Duke of Lithuania, Zygimantas Augustas (Mantas Jankavicius), is destined to inherit the Polish throne from his father, the king (Rokas Spalinskas). His only trusted advisor is old Mr. Twardovski (Kostas Smoriginas). The young king falls in love with the beautiful Barbora Radvilaite (Karina Krysko-Skambine) and they wed in secret, eventually causing havoc throughout the land. With the help of Barbora’s brother and cousin (Jeronimas Milius, Tadas Juodsnukis), and over the objections of mother Queen Bona Sforza (Gitana Vilkeliene) and the nation’s nobility, Barbora is to be crowned Queen.
This Lithuanian production (with English supertitles) is directed by Anzelika Cholina, with original costume design by Juozas Statkevicius. Composer Kipras Masanauskas fuses contemporary rock style with Rennaisance music in a raw and dramatic portrayal of tragic royal love.