Anastasia, the Upcoming Broadway Musical

The upcoming Broadway musical Anastasia has announced its full cast. With an opening night set for April 24, Anastasia was originally developed and produced at the Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. Based on the beloved 1997 musical cartoon film by Twentieth Century Fox Animation Studios, the Broadway production will contain quite a few members of the original cast from Hartford, including the two leads: Cristy Altomare as Anastasia and Derek Klena as Dmitry. Also featured will be Ramin Karimloo as Gleb, John Bolton as Vlad, Caroline O’Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch, and Mary Beth Perl as the Dowager Empress Maria. The other ensemble members that make up the rest of the company are Zach Adkins, Sissy Bell, Lauren Blackman Kathryn Boswell, Kyle Brown, Kristen Smith Davis, Janet Dickinson, Constantine Germanacos, Wes Hart, Ian Knauer, Ken Krugman, Dustin Layton, China Ann Morris, James A. Pierce III, Molly Rushing, Nicole Scimeca, Jennifer Smith, Johnny Stellard and Allison Walsh.

The 1997 movie was itself was based on the 1956 film Anastasia, and the persistent legends that Anastasia Romanova, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, had survived the purge of the Romanov royal family by Lenin’s army in 1917. The Broadway musical will reunite composer and lyricist Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens to include many of the songs from the movie, including the Oscar nominated “Journey to the Past.” There have also been several original songs written for the musical’s debut. Show insiders say that this version is based more in historical conflict as opposed to the supernatural conflict that was the case in the 1997 movie. The new character Gleb will play the villain in the story–there will be no dancing comic relief bats!

Anticipation is rightfully high. Previews began March 23 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

 

New Images and a Poster of Broadway’s “Anastasia” Were Just Released

Fans of the original 1997 animated film Anastasia have been looking forward to either a live film update to the original movie, or a stage musical. Well, fans will get one of their wishes granted, since Anastasia is set to open on the Great White Way next year.

New promotional images of the stage version of Anastasia have have just been released.

One image shows Christy Altomare as Anastasia holding out her arms and singing with the Eiffel Tower behind her. Another shows Derek Klena, who plays Dmitry, singing to Anastasia in Saint Petersburg. And a third picture seems show the famous “Once Upon a December” scene from the original movie where Anastasia recalls her dim memories of a regal Russian gathering.

All three of these images come from the Hartford Stage production of Anastasia, which is the version that will be brought to Broadway. Indeed, Anastasia did so well at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut that it sold out for almost every performance. This record-breaking world premiere goes down in the Hartford Stage’s history, and it marks one of the most successful musical premieres in decades. There are very high expectations surrounding this show, and if the reviews from the Hartford Stage critics are any indication, it will live up to the hype when it arrives on Broadway.

Terrence McNally wrote the book for this stage adaptation of the film, and the famous composer/lyricist duo of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens teamed up to work on the score yet again. There will be a revamped score for this Broadway musical, as well as all the classic songs from this original film like “Journey to the Past” and “Learn to Do It.”

Anastasia follows the adventures of the titular youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia. Anastasia has forgotten almost all of her past, but with the help of a few conmen she slowly discovers the truth about her identity. And, of course, she falls in love along the way.

The official poster for this musical was also released by Broadway producers. It shows Anastasia running on a bridge with Saint Petersburg’s Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood on the left and the Eiffel Tower on the right.

This musical is set open for previews on March 23rd of 2017 at the Broadhurst Theater. It will officially open on April 24th of 2017.

Promotional Artwork For Anastasia: The New Musical Released

Musical lovers and the many fans of the 1997 historical epic film ‘Anastasia” released by 20th Century Fox got their first glimpse of promotional art work for the upcoming Broadway adaptation of the film on August 23, 2016. The promo art shows Anastasia a. k. a. Anya dancing down a bridge that separates the Kremlin and the Eiffel Tower. The new stage production opens at the Broadhurst Theater on April 24, 2017.

The story line is an imaginative retelling of the last days of the Russian empire with all the glamour, pathos, but little of historical accuracy. Anya is an amnesiac Anastasia who becomes separated from her sister Marie. One should note that this very unrealistic version of the last days of the Tzar in Russia was actually accepted as fact by a large number of film viewers.

Anya and a puppy named Pooka first venture to Saint Petersburg and eventually to Paris. Anya collects Dimitry and Vladimir as street-wise guides to her sister while escaping the clutches of Rasputin, communists, and Bartok, Rasputin’s evil minion. Dimitry and Anya eventually elope.

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, composer and lyricist for the film version, added two new songs to the much beloved repertoire for the Broadway adaptation. Darko Tresnjak is directing the production. Terrence McNally adapted the film script to the stage. Peggy Hickey is responsible for choreography. All of the people involved in the development of the stage adaptation of Anastasia are Tony Award winners. This fact could explain the premiere sellout at the Hartford Stage.

Christy Altomare stars as Anya. Derek Klena plays Dimitry.

Fans have been clamoring for a live film version of the original movie but no studio has been up to the task. Expectations are high for a long run for the stage adaptation based on the score alone. The film almost tripled its production budget in sales.

The still shots from the premiere also showed Altomare singing, a duet by Dimitry and Anya in Russia, and Anya’s first venture into Paris society as a rather underdressed waif.

All expectations are that Anastasia: The New Musical will be the biggest thing to hit Broadway in 2017. Odds makers are already making predictions for Tony Awards for the score and possibly for the lead.