Russian composer and playwright, ambassador of Ekaterinburg - one of the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia - Alexander Pantykin plans to write a football musical about the life of the legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin. Pantykin told welcome2018.com he intended his finish his work by the beginning of the World Cup.
"Yashin’s life was dramatic"
"This is a retro story about the fate of the outstanding Soviet goalkeeper, who has reached the global football top level thanks to his hard work, and then found himself relegated to second place,” the musician said. “Lev Ivanovich’s life was quite dramatic. The musical will be autobiographic. It will have everything: defeats and victories, happy moments and disappointments," Pantykin added.
According to the author, the production will be stylistically riddled with the motifs from the Soviet era, which will be interesting for foreign visitors and today’s youth. "The general mood of the musical will be reminiscent of the Nikolai Lebedev's movie “Legend №17” about the ascent to the sporting heights of the famous Soviet hockey player Valery Kharlamov,” the composer said. “This production is about the power of the spirit of Russian athletes, about the way people overcome obstacles in sport and in life in order to achieve the highest results," he added.
2018 World Cup cities tour
Pantykin noted that in terms of music the production will be similar to the movie "Stilyagi". At the same time, Valeri Todorovski in his movie covered the youth subculture in our country in the 1950s, and "Yashin" will revive 1960-1970’s the time of the rise of rock and roll, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. "The musical will feature a lot of music by Soviet composers in modern adaptation, particularly the famous “The Football March" by Matvey Blanter," the composer added.
The musical will be adapted for foreign audiences. "We will perform it in two languages - Russian and English,” Pantykin said. “We plan to perform some parts of the musical at the stadiums before the matches or during the breaks. Important part of the project is the tour - 11 host cities of the World Cup matches. We plan to attract many famous artists and musicians for the production, primarily Russian musical stars - Evgeny Zaitsev, Natalia Bystrova, Yuri Mazihin, Alexander Marakulin and others," he added.
Pantykin Alexander was behind the famous "Sverdlovsk rock school" and is known in Russia under the nickname "grandfather of the Ural rock." Pantykin is the founder of a new direction in musical theater - "Light Opera". The composer participated in various musical projects; in 1980-1986 he was the leader of the famous band "Urfin Dzhus." Pantykin took part in recording several albums of the famous band "Nautilus Pompilius".
He currently holds the post of Chairman of the Composers Union of the Sverdlovsk region, is included in the Composers' Union of Russia, the Union of Cinematographers of Russia and the Union of theatrical figures of Russia. Pantykin is a member of the Russian Academy of Motion Picture Arts "Nika". In 2008 he received the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. In 2011 he won the National Theatre Award "Golden Mask".
Lev Yashin is a Soviet football goalkeeper, who played for the Dynamo Moscow and the USSR national team. As a part of the Soviet team in 1956 he became the Olympic champion, in 1960 - the first winner of the European Championship. As a part of Dynamo" Moscow five times he became the champion of the USSR.
Yashin was named the best goalkeeper of the 20th century according to the FIFA, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, as well as magazines World Soccer, France Football and Placar. He is the only goalkeeper in history, who won the "Golden Ball" as the holder of the title of best football player in Europe in 1963 by the magazine France Football.