Broadways brightest new show! Anastasia, now playing at the Murat Theatre. Based on the beloved film, Anastasia will transport you back in time, experience the twilight years of the great Russian Empire, the new dawn of a powerful Soviet Government and finally, to the glitz and glamour of Paris during the roaring 20s. The young princess Anastasia, heir to the throne of the former Empire, must journey across a now perilous Russia, while being pursued by a ruthless Soviet Officer. Will Anastasia survive the epic adventure and find a new home, love, and family? Get your tickets here.
In 1927 Soviet Russia, the con man and former aristocrat, Dmitry, begins auditions for a very special con. He is seeking the long-lost Princess Anastasia so that they can collect the reward from the Dowager Empress, Maria Feodorovna, living in exile in Paris. Amazingly, he finds the perfect girl, a street sweeper and becomes fascinated as Anya explains that she doesn’t remember who she is due to her amnesia and has very few memories of her past. They embark on a perilous journey across Russia, perused by envious thugs and the indomitable General, all while teaching Anya history, dancing, and etiquette. Slowly a bond forms between her and Dimitry, and as they finally reach the safety of France, all is not as they had hoped. The Dowager Empress has been hearing reports and rumors about various impersonators and has given up hope of finding Anastasia and grown suspicious of the con.
What will happen when Anya presents herself as her long-lost granddaughter, and what will become of the young love that is growing between her and Dimitry?
“A monster hit! I loved it even more the second time.” The New York Times
“A SERIOUS HIT! Broadway’s got a bright new star – its name is Anastasia.” – NBC
“ANASTASIA IS THE REAL THING! Fantastical, intelligent, well-crafted, and exhilarating, Anastasia deserves a coronation!” – The Wall Street Journal
“A big, wonderful Broadway musical with plenty of charms to thrill the audience.” – NY1
The stage production is written by four-time Tony award winner Terrence McNally the musical is loosely based on the 1997 film of the same name and directed by Tony award winning Darko Tresnjak. Anastasia’s music and lyrics written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who kept six songs from the original film, and added 16 new numbers. With choreography by the MTV award winning Peggy Hickey and the astonishing scenery created by Alexander Dodge, the costume design by the Tony award winning Linda Cho.
The musical also adds characters not in the film and omits certain supernatural elements, including the character of Rasputin and his musical number, and introduces instead a new villain called Gleb, a general for the Bolsheviks who receives orders to kill Anya.
Anastasia won 6 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Projection Design. In 2017 Anastasia won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Projection Design from a total of 38 nominations!
“While Evan Hansen and Dolly Levi may be reaping more awards, their Shubert Alley neighbor Anastasia— with mettle, smarts, and a tiny music box— has been changing the world night by night and gaining the stalwart followers (“Fanastasias”) she deserves. Anastasia is partly based on the beloved Twentieth Century Fox animated feature, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary on November 14. Unlike that movie, and unlike delicate-damsel stories such as Giselle and Swan Lake, there are no sorcerers or spells in the Broadway version. Without a fairy godmother or the cure-all of a prince’s kiss, Anastasia isn’t your standard fairy-tale princess who is adored for her beauty and virtue. She’s not the object of intrigue, she’s a participant in it. The character Anastasia is part of a real time and place, but that’s not say the musical is some gloomy Russian play. It’s a triumphant celebration of love, courage, and reconciliation, a journey that unfolds with much wonder and joy.” – Daniel Rafinejad, Huffington Post.