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The Iron Curtain Wasn’t Soundproof

Inspired by true events, Radio 930 is the story of Bernhard Heidt, a bright young engineer in the East German Secret Police (the Stasi) who is given the task of tracking down and jamming a pirate rock & roll station broadcasting from inside East Berlin on AM frequency 930kHz. This illegal station is run by a rebel group – The Bricks.

Bern has been indoctrinated by the East German government since childhood and is a loyal Party member. But as he works to shut down radio station 930, he begins to question the Stasi’s brutal tactics and the officer in charge of the operation, his uncle Otto, a surrogate father since his parents’ death.

In an unexpected turn of events, Bern becomes enthralled with the forbidden music and the freedom it represents and is soon seduced by one of the Brick’s ringleaders, the beautiful Maja. His world slowly shatters as he begins to lead a double life – Stasi agent by day and rebel by night.

Caught between love, rock & roll, and the Communist Party, Bern must grapple to understand what it means to be family, what it means to be free, and in the end – to do the right thing.

the songs

Radio 930 is the first musical with a score comprised of ‘70’s rock & roll hits – Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower, The Moody Blues Question, Cheap Trick’s I Want You To Want Me ….

…. plus the
deeper tracks known as Album Oriented Rock (AOR) – The Tubes’ What Do You Want From Life?, Chicago’s Where Do We Go From Here, and T.Rex’s Children Of The Revolution.

The show’s score features the original music that opened minds and inspired millions behind the Iron Curtain, now re-imagined for the stage …

… so evocative you are instantly transported back in time.

The 1970’s were the era of pet rocks, waterbeds, and “Have a nice day!” But they were also a decade of East/West tensions and tumultuous change, much like the political climate we face today.

It is Radio 930’s belief that the art form of rock & roll music will have continuing impact on the 21st Century’s global movement towards freedom and human rights.

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2020 production

Plans are now underway for Radio 930  to open as a developmental production in 2020.

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