Inspired by the beloved film, Anastasia transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the heady euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, the three embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
“A big, wonderful Broadway musical with plenty of charms to thrill the audience.” – NY1
“A monster hit! I loved it even more the second time.” The New York Times
“A SERIOUS HIT! Broadway’s got a bright new star – its name is Anastasia.” – NBC
The con of the century is afoot, young Anya is co-opted by the handsome Dmitry and his business partner Vlad, to travel to Paris and play the part of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna long lost granddaughter. The three embark on a perilous journey across Russia, perused by envious thugs and the indomitable general for the Bolsheviks, Gelb, all while schooling Anya in history, dancing, and etiquette, slowly a bond forms between her and Dimitry, as they finally reach the safety of France.
All is not as they had hoped, the Dowager Empress has been hearing reports and rumors about various impersonators and has given up hope of finding Anastasia and grown suspicious of the con. What will happen when Anya presents herself as her long lost granddaughter, and what of the young love that is growing between her and Dimitry?
After completing a pre-Broadway run in Hartford, Connecticut, where the show was a winner of 6 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Projection Design. The show premiered on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in April 2017, winning a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Projection Design from a total of 38 nominations! The show has spawned multiple productions worldwide.
The stage production is written by four-time Tony award winner Terrence McNally the musical is loosely based on the 1997 film of the same name and directed by Tony award winning Darko Tresnjak, Anastasia’s music and lyrics written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, keeping six songs from the movie, but adding in 16 new numbers. With choreography by the MTV award winning Peggy Hickey and the astonishing scenery created by Alexander Dodge, the costume design by the Tony award winning Linda Cho.
The musical also adds characters not in the film and omits the supernatural elements from the original film, including the character of Rasputin and his musical number, and introduces a new villain called Gelb, a general for the Bolsheviks who receives orders to kill Anya.
“ANASTASIA IS THE REAL THING! Fantastical, intelligent, well-crafted, and exhilarating, Anastasia deserves a coronation!” – The Wall Street Journal
Review of Anastasia the Musical at Broadhurst Theater, by Frank Rizzo for Variety Magazine.
Young women and girls in search of a new Broadway role model need look no further than the title character in “Anastasia,” the sumptuous fairy tale of a musical that should please the kids, satisfy the sentimental and comfort those who thought the old templates for musical comedy were passé. The broad strokes of the familiar — a romantic young couple, a villain in hot pursuit, comic supporting characters, an endearing family member — can still be irresistible when combined with taste, craftsmanship and a willing suspension of disbelief. In this alt-reality, history is rewritten, a princess finds her bliss — and an old-fashioned musical likely lives happy ever after.