Singing Revolution: The Musical tells the true story of how between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence. Below you will see how these historical events created the hit Europop musical.
The Estonian Song Festival kicks off in Tartu and establishes a tradition of gathering and singing songs of local importance collectively.
The Tartu Peace Treaty ends the Estonian War of Independence.
Soviets cross the border to Estonia, taking thousands to Siberia and executioning many.
Hitler betrays Stalin and storms across the border into Estonia.
Hitler retreats and Soviets return to Estonia.
Estonians assemble and create The Forest Brothers.
The Song Festival provides both sides an opportunity and births a new unofficial national anthem.
The Song Festival celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
The Soviet Union captures the last resistor of The Forest Brothers.
Gorbachev comes to power.
Estonians test free speech with environmental protests; then Hirve Parks, then a song-filled, peaceful uprising against the Soviet Union.
The First Spontaneous Night Song Festival kicks off a series of mass demonstrations.
Estonia celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.1988 - The Heritage Society organizes a demonstration in Tartu.
The people form The Congress of Estonia
Interpol attacks Toompea.
Estonia defends the Tallinn TV Tower.
There is a restoration of independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the Soviet Union.
Estonia emancipates from the Soviet Union.
Tony Spinosa finds inspiration in Estonia.
Tony Spinosa meets with the Estonian President and Prime Minister as well as leaders of the 1991 revolution.
Eurovision’s Estonian pop-singer Uku Suviste flies to New York via The Estonian Consulate and debuts several songs from the musical at the EV100 Gala at the Essex House.
Neil Haskell records the Official Music Video of “Lift It Up.”
In collaboration with the Estonian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Erik J. Christensen performs "That's What I'm Fighting For" with Märt Agu Estonian Dance Troupe: Kingpoolid & Ladvaubinad at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The filming of the music video for “Never Forget Who You Are” takes place at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds featuring Kristi Roosmaa.
Singing Revolution holds World Premiere in Los Angeles at The Broadwater Theatre. It receives rave reviews and runs January 15 to February 20, 2022.
This is one of the lyrics from our NEW Europop musical. To learn more about the historical events that led to the peaceful transfer of power, check out the documentary film, Singing Revolution by James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty.