Two 2017 Tony Award Nominations:
Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role in a Musical (Mary Beth Peil), Best Costume Design of a Musical.
A Russian Princess with an Identity Crisis:
From the end of the Russian Empire to the glamour of Paris, Anastasia is a new romantic musical about a brave young woman attempting to discover her identity and the mystery of her past.
From the Producers:
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the 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, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
A Journey to the Past Leads to Broadway:
Anastasia, with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Rocky), and a book by Terrence McNally, is based on the 1997 animated film of the same name. The film used the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia as its inspiration, earning Ahrens and Flaherty Oscar nominations for Best Original Song (“Journey to the Past”) and for Best Music: Original Musical or Comedy Score. The songwriting duo joined their Tony-winning Ragtime collaborator, playwright McNally, to bring what the writers see as an all-new musical to the stage. The creators have stated that audiences encounter much of what they loved from the film with a more human and historic take in the new stage adaptation. Anastasia had its first reading in 2012, followed by a workshop in New York City in June 2015. The original stage production premiered at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut in May 2016. Anastasia began previews on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in March 2017, opening officailly on April 24, 2017, under the direction of Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder).
Journey To Broadway: The Story:
Hollywood Reporter: “…beautifully staged…”
Time Out New York: “Smartly adapted…Anastasia is a sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic whose fine craftsmanship will satisfy musical-theater fans beyond the show’s ideal audience of teenage girls.”
Variety: “Sumptuous…Director Tresnjak, together with [a] first-class design team, weave an enchanting spell.”
New York Daily News: “Altomare has a bright, clear voice and shines in the lead role.”