Nominated for multiple Tony Awards, Anastasia the Musical is one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The story of Anya and her struggle to discover the mystery of her past has always enthralled audiences all over the world. With few movie adaptations, the story is a classic favorite that will forever be part of pop culture. Set in the 1920s, the story follows the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, who, accordingly, escaped the execution of her family. Without any memory of her past, the amnesiac orphan named Anya hopes to find some trace of her family by enlisting the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. On her way to Paris, they all embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
“A monster hit! I loved it even more the second time.” – The New York Times
“Anastasia” delivers a beautiful score and memorable songs that evoke pre-revolutionary Russia and the jazz age of Paris, all with a modern flair.” – Palm Beach Daily News
“A big, wonderful Broadway musical with plenty of charms to thrill the audience.” – NY1
With familiar tunes like “Journey to the Past,” “In My Dreams,” “In a Crowd of Thousands,” and “At the Beginning,” the musical is indeed one of the most popular. This magical production is the brainchild of the playwright Terrence McNally who beautifully tweaked the story of the beloved animated Disney movie and the 1956 Anatole Litvak film. Using the facts about the real duchess’s life and the legend surrounding her apparent escape from execution, McNally was able to weave a magnificent story for this musical. Like the films before it, this fascinating piece of history is where the story of Anastacia the Musical revolves around. Although some of the loved facets of the movies — especially the animated film — are not in the musical, it is equally as magical.
The musical first opened at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre on March 23, 2017. The production was well-received by both critics and audiences. Like most shows, the musical has its fair share of criticisms, especially with its uneven subplots and an overly long running time. After 808 regular and 34 preview performances, the production closed on March 31, 2019. From then on, several productions were stage worldwide, including productions in Madrid, The Hague, Mexico City, Stuttgart, and Japan.
The first North America tour began on October 9, 2018, at the Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, New York. It ran successfully, stopping from one city to another. However, the performances were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tour ended on March 12, 2020. This year, the production is back on the road, with shows lined up in major venues all over the country, including Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. The show will run from June 7-12, 2022, and will feature Kyla Stone as Anya and Sam McLellan as Dmitry.
Review of Anastasia Musical:
Flipping the Fairy Tale: ‘Anastasia’ Turns a Beloved Animated Film into a Serious Broadway Hit
The 1997 beloved animated movie has been transformed into a magical new stage musical, now open at the Broadhurst Theatre, with a much-improved book by Terrence McNally, added songs from the film’s composers Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a star-making performance by actress Christy Altomare. Fans of the original 20th Century Fox flick (who call themselves “Fanastasias”) will surely be satisfied with the offering, while those who skipped the cartoon should realize this isn’t the fairy tale fluff they might have initially assumed it to be.
The change is just the first of many made by McNally, who effectively infuses the time period’s real-life politics into the show’s plot. Here, characters sing about the painful aftermath of revolution, the longing of loss — even the complicated emotions of having to leave behind a homeland that no longer feels like a home. These modifications elevate the stakes at play, but also age the piece’s target consumer. (I’d say most of the plot’s intricacies would go over a young child’s head, while “Anastasia” would now make a fitting date night for adults).
By Dave Quinn (NBC New York)
“A SERIOUS HIT! Broadway’s got a bright new star – its name is Anastasia.” – NBC-TV
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