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.