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Why a Musical About the Sex-Crazed Mystic Rasputin Plays a Church in Brooklyn

Feb 20, 2017


90St. John’s Lutheran Church becomes home to the Russian mystical faith healer in a racy, immersive staging of Dave Malloy’s new musical.


Off the G train, in the heart of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, theatregoers travel to a decaying 165-year-old church, where scaffolding covers the altar, theatrical lighting hangs above the pews, and a small rock band plays in the corner. It’s what writers Dave Malloy (who recently debuted his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway) and Jason Craig, and director Ellie Heyman deem the perfect home for their musical Beardo, the story of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin.


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