Anastasia The Musical
From the team behind the Tony Award-winning Ragtime comes an epic tale that takes you from the snowy wastes of the Soviet Empire to the glittering nightlife of 1920s Paris. Two conman hatch a plot to make their fortunes by “rediscovering” Anastasia, the long-lost daughter of the Russian royal family. Their prime candidate for the role is Anya, a penniless street sweeper. But as they learn more about her past, they begin to suspect that she might just be the real thing after all! Based on the popular animated film, this heart-stirring, romantic musical will sweep you off on an unforgettable adventure. Book your own journey into the past by browsing StubHub for Anastasia the Musical tickets.
Anastasia: historical background
Long after her supposed death in 1918, the whereabouts of the youngest daughter of the final tsar of Russia remained an intriguing mystery. Although the evidence strongly suggested that she perished along with the rest of her family at the hands of a Bolshevik firing squad, the legend that she had survived lingered on, and several women came forward claiming to be the lost Grand Duchess. It's the notion of just such a scam that inspires Dmitry and Vlad, the two lovable rogues who recruit Anya in the musical. In 1997 this enduring story was made into an acclaimed animated movie, which in turn drew on an earlier film adaptation from the 1950s. While adding new songs and characters, the stage show keeps the lushness and opulence that made the animated version such a perennial favourite.
Stephen Flaherty, who penned several of the songs for the original movie, composed the score for the musical, working with his regular collaborators lyricist Lynn Ahrens and playwright Terrence McNally. This trio established themselves as one of the hottest teams in American musical theatre with their 1998 production of E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime, another kaleidoscopic tale with a colourful early twentieth-century setting. The sumptuous look of the show was the work of costumer Linda Cho and set designer Alexander Hodge, both Tony-nominated for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. After initial try-outs in Hartford, the musical had its Broadway debut in 2017, with Christy Altomare (Spring Awakening, Mamma Mia!) in the title role.
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