Hartford Stage’s ‘Anastasia’ to Open on Broadway With Original Leads

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Credit: Joan Marcus

“Anastasia: The New Musical” will open on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre next April with the original leads from the production that premiered in a sold-out, world record-breaking run at Hartford Stage.

“After finishing a record breaking run in Hartford, we look forward to bringing the magic of Anastasia to Broadway audiences next spring,” producers Bill Taylor and Tom Kirdahy said. “In Hartford, we saw people ages 8-100 travel from all over the world to enjoy Anastasia’s enduring story. We are thrilled to have Christy, Derek, John and Caroline leading our company again for the Broadway premiere.”

The musical tells the story of a royal family’s demise in the fall of the Russian empire and the hope that remains for the people and the Dowager Empress that a rumor of the duchess Anastasia’s survival is true as a new regime takes over Russia. The story also ventures into lively and euphoric 1920s Paris as a con artist duo — Dmitry and Vlad — try to pass off a young girl with amnesia, Anya, as the surviving Anastasia to collect a reward from her grandmother. Little do they know they may have stumbled across the real Anastasia and then it becomes a question of whether their scheme has become truth and whether Anya can verify her identity.

Christy Altomare will continue her role as Anya.

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Christy Altomare (Anya). Credit: Joan Marcus

Derek Klena will once again be beside her playing Dmitry.

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Credit: Joan Marcus

John Bolton will reprise his role as Dmitry’s con artist partner Vlad Popov and Caroline O’Connor will again take on the role of his old flame, Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch.

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Credit: Joan Marcus

Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox 1997 animated feature “Anastasia,” the stage adaptation was brought to life by Tony winners Terrence McNally, the book writer, and composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. The music writing team also wrote the music for the animated film, including their Oscar-nominated song, “Journey to the Past.”

If the musical didn’t already show enough Broadway promise with Tony potential from its creators, take a look at the acclaimed production team. The original production debuting at Hartford Stage came together under the lead of the theater’s artistic director, Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award-winning director of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” the winner of the Tony for Best Musical in 2014 that originated at Hartford Stage. He will also direct the Broadway version.

“Gentleman’s Guide” set designer Alexander Dodge, who designs Hartford Stage production sets including “Anastasia”, will design the Broadway set. Peggy Hickey will once again choreograph.

The Broadway version will include beautiful costume design by Linda Cho.

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Credit: Joan Marcus

Creative team members also involved include Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Thomas Murray (Music Supervision & Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.

Tickets will go on sale this fall and the show will open on Broadway April 24, 2017.

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