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Take an incredible journey to the past as the critically acclaimed, Broadway production of Anastasia heads on tour. Born from the pens of Obie and Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally and Tony-winning writing team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who ruled the Great White Way with their smash hit Ragtime, the musical draws on the score of the beloved animated film and includes the memorable melodies of Once Upon A December and Journey To The Past.
While it incorporates elements of the 20th Century Fox classic, this Anastasia avoids the film's more fantastical elements (gone are the talking bat and evil sorcerer Rasputin) in favor of a historically accurate version. New songs are woven into a more nuanced narrative where common folk flee the Russian Revolution and are forced to settle into the new life under the Soviet Union. Amidst the peril of a changing regime, an orphan named Anya rises to embrace her destiny!
Orphaned at a young age and unable to remember her parents or family, feisty street sweeper Anya falls in with charismatic conmen Vlad and Dmitry who, seeing an opportunity they can't miss, train her in the ways of the aristocracy, in a style similar to Eliza in My Fair Lady. They have their sights set on Paris, where the Dowager Empress resides. Mother of the overthrown Tsar Nicholas II and one of the only surviving Romanovs after the Russian Revolution, the Dowager Empress holds out hope that her long lost granddaughter Anastasia survived the terrible revolt.
Vlad and Dmitry, realizing Anya is the spitting image of Anastasia, convince her to sneak out of Russia with them to meet the Empress and claim their reward. Yet along their grand adventure, a budding romance blossoms between our heroine and the dashing young Dmitry, while the mystery of her birth unravels...
The tale of Anastasia is based on a rumour that circulated several years after the Russian Revolution. Although one woman claimed to be the lost princess, the truth has still not been discovered... could Anya have survived?
Opening night: 2 August 2022
May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under; children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre
Two hours and 25 minutes, including intermission
Lila Coogan as Anya (until April 5)
Beth Stafford Laird as Anya (from April 7)
Jake Levy as Dmitry
Jason Michael Evans as Gleb
Joy Franz as Dowager Empress
Alison Ewing as Countess Lily
Edward Staudenmayer as Vlad
Janet Dickinson, Kylie Victoria Edwards, Hannah Florence, Jeremiah Ginn, Brad Greer, MaddieKay Harris, Tamra Hayden, Lucy Horton, Christopher M. Edward, Fred Inkley, Kourtney Keitt, Youngsil Kim, Ryan Mac, Mark MacKillop, Daniel Z. Miller, Kenneth Michael Murray, Omar Nieves, Taylor Quick, Sareen Tchekmedyian, Eloise Vaynshtok.
Director - Darko Tresknak
Choreographer - Peggy Hickey
Writer - Terrence McNally
Music & Lyrics - Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design
2017 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
2017 Tony for Best Costume Design in a Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
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