$
Casting for <i>Anastasia</i> Tour Announced

Casting for Anastasia Tour Announced

Anastasia, the hit family-friendly musical currently running on Broadway, will soon embark on its North American tour. With the October 9, 2018 launch creeping closer and closer, audiences will be excited to hear that the cast for the tour has been announced. The cast will star 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, and Victoria Amelia Bingham as Little Anastasia.

Anastasia features a score by the Tony Award-winning composing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who also have written scores for Once on This Island, Seussical, and Ragtime. Writing the book for Anastasia is their Tony-winning Ragtime cohort Terrence McNally, himself a celebrated playwright and book writer for musicals such as Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink, and The Full Monty. Together, this trio adapted the story of the 1997 animated film for the stage, with McNally creating a more-grounded version of the story and Ahrens and Flaherty expanding the film’s score (which they created) into a full-length Broadway musical score. Anastasia is directed by Tony-winning director Darko Tresnjak.

The ensemble for the National Tour includes Brianna Abruzzo, Ronnie S. Bowman Jr., Alison Ewing, Peter Garza, Jeremiah 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 Tchekmedyian, and Addison Mackynzie Valentino.

“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.”

Below is a full list of engagements for Anastasia during its first season on tour:

Schenectady, NY, Proctors, October 9 – October 14, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center, October 16 – October 21, 2018

Greenville, SC, Peace Center, October 23 – October 28, 2018

Washington, D.C., Kennedy Center Opera House, October 30 – November 25, 2018

Providence, RI, Providence PAC, November 27 – December 2, 2018

Baltimore, MD, Hippodrome Theatre, December 4 – December 9, 2018

St. Louis, MO, Fabulous Fox Theatre, December 26 – January 6, 2019

Appleton, WI, Fox Cities PAC, January 8 – January 13, 2019

East Lansing, MI, Wharton Center, January 15 – January 20, 2019

San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre, February 5 – February 10, 2019

Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall, February 12 – February 17, 2019

Dallas, TX, Music Hall, February 19 – March 3, 2019

Houston, TX, Hobby Center, March 5 – March 10, 2019

Kansas City, MO, Music Hall, March 12 – March 17, 2019

Nashville, TN, TPAC, March 19 – March 24, 2019

Chicago, IL, Oriental Theatre, March 26 – April 7, 2019

Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music, April 9 – April 14, 2019

Durham, NC, DPAC, April 16 – April 21, 2019

Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center, April 23 – May 5, 2019

Tampa, FL, Straz Center, May 7 – May 12, 2019

Orlando, FL, Dr. Phillips Center, May 14 – May 19, 2019

Fort Worth, TX, Bass Performance Hall, May 28 – June 2, 2019

Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre, June 4 – June 9, 2019

Detroit, MI, Fisher Theatre, June 11 – June 23, 2019

Grand Rapids, MI, Devos Performance Hall, June 25 – June 30, 2019

Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Center, July 23 – July 28, 2019

Madison, WI, Overture Hall, July 30 – August 4, 2019

Denver, CO, Buell Theatre, August 7 – August 18, 2019

San Francisco, CA, SHN Golden Gate Theatre, September 3 – 29, 2019

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

Learn More About Anastasia