From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show 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.
ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally and a lush, original score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak directs.
Your childhood fantasies come to life onstage in this lush and luminous musical about the young Anastasia and how she escaped Bolshevik rule. Inspired by the myth of the real-life Anastasia Nikolaevna and based on the 1997 animated film and 1956 movie, the musical is a magical journey about the power of family and love. The young Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia is caught by the Romanov’s firing squad, who are aiming to kill her entire family. She’s shot and presumed dead — even her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, the only living member of the royal clan, thinks she is gone forever. But all is not lost. A street rat Anya, who doesn’t know her own origins, finds herself wandering the alleys of St. Petersberg, now renamed Lenigrad by the Bolshevik general Gleb. When rumors surface that Anastasia is alive, two con men, Dmitry and Vlad, plot to find her and return her to the Dowager Empress for a reward. But when Anya finds her way in off the street and starts to remember, fate takes control.
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who wrote the film’s iconic songs like “Once Upon a December” and “Journey to the Past,” penned the musical’s score, and Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally wrote the libretto. “Time Out New York” says “Anastasia is the richest and fullest family show to hit Broadway in years,” and “Variety” raves that “the sumptuous fairytale of a musical...should please the kids, satisfy the sentimental and comfort those who thought the old templates for musical comedy were passé.”
What To Watch For
- Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who wrote the songs for the 1997 animated film, wrote several new songs for the stage musical. (All of the songs from the movie are also in the musical.)
- Projections designer Aaron Rhyne travelled to Paris for inspiration and to capture the lush environments for the show’s backdrops.
- The Bolshevik general Gleb is a new character for the musical and replaces the film’s Rasputin.
- Christy Altomare, who plays the title character, dressed up as Anastasia for her audition and booked the role.
- The musical had its world premiere at Hartford Stage in Connecticut before moving to Broadway.
2hr 25min (incl. intermission)
May be inappropriate for 7 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
235 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
George H. Broadhurst, the Anglo-American manager and playwright (1866-1952), built his eponymous theatre in association with the Shubert brothers. Broadhurst had previously managed theatres in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and San Francisco (and written many popular plays). The playhouse has remained one of the Shubert Organization’s most consistently booked theatres.