In the year of its 70th anniversary, Odessa Academic Theater of Musical Comedy named after M. Vodyanoy presents the legendary operetta, staged in 1956 on our stage and which has become the hallmark of the theater. "White Acacia" for Odessa Musical Comedy - as a "Seagull" for the Moscow Art Theater.
“The idea of the White Action arose in May 1954, when I. Dunaevsky and libretists Vladimir Mass and Mikhail Chervinsky arrived in Odessa. “We walked the streets and dreamed,” recalled I. Grinshpun. - Dreamed of a new operetta, even found a courtyard where the action will take place. The old Odessa yard, many neighbors, where everyone shares the sorrows and joys that occur in every family ... So was born ... "White acacia". We looked forward to it, since it was “Odessa material” ... From the first days of arrival in Odessa, which welcomed us so hospitable, I wanted to dedicate the performance to this city, many times sung, fanned with romance. ” In Odessa, the sea and sailors always personified romance, and in the 1950s whalers were the main sea heroes. The departure and return of the Slava flotilla from the voyage was collected in the port and on Primorsky Boulevard not only by relatives and friends, but also by tens of thousands who were eager to see with their own eyes this magnificent sight. Unlike official dates, these were truly public holidays. Therefore, it was the whalers that the authors decided to make the heroes of the new operetta. ” (A. Galyas "Today and Forever")
In 1957, a film was shot from the play, which was released on May 12, 1958, after which “the theater broke into the leaders of its art form. Mikhail Vodyanoy became the one whom in the old days was called the “favorite of the public”. And Tony’s song about Odessa became at first informal, and from August 25, 2011 - the official anthem of the city. This song is forever “related” with the voice of Idalia Ivanova ... "
The legendary operetta, the star cast of artists (5 national artists of Ukraine), the amazing music of Isaac Dunaevsky and the heady aroma of white acacia - all this awaits our viewers!