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Book, Lyrics, and Music by Deborah Johnson

"Les Mis meets Dr. Zhivago"

The story of the last Russian Monarch sets the stage for this magnificent epic musical. The love of Nicolas and Alexandra endures in the face of political intrigue, jealousy, greed, and revolution.

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Tsarina is a musical based on the true story of Nicholas and Alexandra, the last of the Romanov Russian Monarchs. The mid-nineteenth century was a time when political treachery, greed, and superstition abounded in Europe and Russia, and religious beliefs and traditions were challenged. The couple’s devotion transcended incredible odds, and their love story remains one of the greatest romances of all times!


  • ALEXANDRA:  Strong-willed, beautiful royal German Princess who loves and marries the future Tsar.
  • NICHOLAS:  Last heir in the Russian Romanov Dynasty.  Overcomes his self-doubt, becomes Tsar, marries for love.
  • GRIGORI: A self-proclaimed “holy man.”  Sorcerer of questionable intent.
  • HELENE: A French princess, rejected fiancé of Nicolas. .
  • QUEEN VICTORIA: Ruler of the Free World. Grandmother of Alexandra.
  • TSAR GREGORY: Father of Nicholas. Large man who was afraid to go outside the palace.


Songs: Click on song titles for short MP3 demos (all songs ©Deborah Johnson)

HOW DID WE GET HERE? Opener song that bookends the show, starting and ending in the cellar, where the Romanovs met their fate. Music & Lyrics by Wayland Pickard & Deborah Johnson (Nick/Alix)

MY SOUL IS EXALTED Queen Victoria's theme as she passes her words of wisdom on to Alexandra (Queen Victoria/ Alix)

OPERA DANCE Tsar Gregory & Nick attend the opera house where the company dances & sings. Negotiations are made with Princess Helene to be the future Tsarina (Instrumental/Company)

IMPOSSIBLE Grigori is thrown out of the monastary by the Abbot (Grigori/Abbott)

I WISH FOR YOU AND I Nick and Alix have now been writing to each other almost every day, Nick in Russia and Alix in Germany sing this duet though miles apart (Nick/ Alix)

HOLY MAN Grigori claims he is a "Holy man" as he begins making his way to the Romanov palace (Grigori, Women's Chorus)

IF ONLY YOU BELIEVE Tsar Gregory challenges his son Nick to stand up and be ready to rule the world as the future Tsar (Tsar Gregory)

RICHER THAN I Princess Helene, Alexandra and Grigori are all now making their way to the Romanov palace, all with different motivations, both Helene & Alix to be the future Tsarina and Grigori to influence the Royal family (Helene/ Alix/ Grigori)

JILTED Helene learns Nick has called off their engagement to marry Princess Alexandra (Helene)

FATHER The death of Tsar Gregory makes Nicholas the Tsar and ruler (Nick/Konstantyn)

MORE! MORE! MORE!/GOD SAVE THE TSAR The people are calling out to see their new Tsar, Nicholas (Company)

UNDYING LOVE Alexandra arrives at the palace and Nick & Alix declare their Undying Love for one another (Nick/Alix)

FATHER/KONSTANTYN Konstantyn, who was Tsar Gregory's advisor and now Nick's advisor, is not happy with Alix's influence on Nick (Konstantyn)

WEDDING DANCE Takes place at Nick & Alix's wedding. The whole wedding party breaks out in a dance, but events outside the palace are not as festive as people outside the gates are shot (Instrumental)

DAUGHTER'S PRAYER During this song, Alix prays for a son and has four daughters. The nanny, Oksana, has a son named Edward who would grow up to love Tatiana, daughter number two (Alix/ Oksana)

HOLY MAN RECITATIVE Alix again prays for a son and Grigori enters to answer her request and prophesys that she will have a son (Alix/ Grigori)

MY SON MUST NOT DIE Alix finds their son has the curse of hemophilia. Grigori claims that as long as he is alive and around, their son will not die (Alix/ Nick/ Grigori/ Doctor/ Oksana)

When Act I concludes, Russia is at war. NICHOLAS and ALEXANDRA rejoice in the blessed birth of a son, yet the child is a bittersweet gift. The boy is afflicted with the blood disease carried through the Romanov’s royal line, hemophilia.



MORE! MORE! MORE! Uprising of the townspeople with answers by Nick to just wait and follow his lead (Company/ Nick/ Konstantyn/ Viktor/ Edward)

THE INTERNATIONALE Turning point of townspeople to Bolshevism (Company)

FATHER/QUEEN VICTORIA Queen Victoria dies and Alix laments that now she is truly alone (Alix)

UNDYING LOVE reprise (Nick/Alix)

MY SOUL IS EXALTED reprise Queen Victoria appears as a ghost and encourages Alix to be with the people (Queen Victoria)

WAR SONG Call to enlist troops for the war (Company/ Viktor/ Edward)

NEVER SAY GOODBY Edward & Tatiana are in love and Edward is determined to help the people, which end up to be the Bolsheviks. Tatiana is afraid they will never see each other again (Edward/ Tatiana)

UNDYING LOVE reprise 2 (Alix)

JILTED reprise Helene responds to the request for France to help the Romanovs by declaring the tables have turned (Helene)

HOW DID WE GET HERE? The first family ends up in the basement to meet their fate (Nick/ Alix)

EVERYWHERE Queen Victoria greets the first family into Heaven's gates and they all reunite (Company)

WORLD PREMIERE CD & DVD demo available for producing houses and producers upon request

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