Why See Anastasia?
Once Upon A December...
Take an incredible journey to the past as the critically acclaimed, Tony-winning Broadway production Anastasia comes heads on for a strictly limited engagement as part of the 2018/19 theater season. 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 Disney classic, this Anastasia avoids the film's more fantastical elements (gone are the talking bat and evil sorcerer Rasputin) in favour 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!
What is Anastasia About?
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, realising 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...
Opening night: 9 October 2018
May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under; children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre
Two hours and 25 minutes, including intermission
Cast and Creative
Lila Coogan as Anya
Stephen Brower as Dmitry
Jason Michael Evans as Gleb
Joy Franz as Dowager Empress
Tari Kelly as Countess Lily
Edward Staudenmayer as Vlad
Victoria Amelia Bingham as Little Anastasia
Brianna Abruzzo, Ronnie S.Bowman Jr., Alison Ewing, Peter Garza, Jerimiah Ginn, Brett-Marco Glauser, Lucy Horton, Mary Illes, Fred Inkley, Kourtney Keitt, Beth Stafford Laird, Mark Mackillop, Kenneth Michael Murray, Taylor Quick, Claire Rathbun, Michael McCorry Rose, Matt Rosell, Sareen Thcekmedyian and Addison Mackynzie Valentino
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
What we thought
Anastasia leaves you with a profound message - you will never be recognized if you cannot recognize yourself and where you are from.
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