Anastasia, which opened on April 24, 2017 on Broadway, will not only “Journey to the Past”, but travel the world over.
Producers of the musical have announced that there are plans underway for productions in Europe, Asia, United Kingdom, Australia and South America. Germany, Holland Spain, Russia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, and China are some of the locales for expected productions. There are also plans for a North American tour, with more details available in the coming months.
Based on the popular 1997 animated film of the same name, Anastasia features a book by playwright Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on this Island, Rocky, Ragtime). Darko Tresjak directed the production currently running at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The company is led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Caroline O’Connor and Mary Beth Peil (who received a Tony-Nomination for her performer as the Dowager Empress).
The musical follows the story of an orphan girl named Anya who just might be the Princess Anastasia, the daughter or Tsar Nicholas II who was executed, along with his family, by Bolshevik troops during the Russian Revolution. With amnesia wiping her mind of her parentage, and her own burgeoning questions about her identity, Anya goes on a journey to find her past and possibly reclaim her name and legacy. Along the way, she is aided in her efforts by two congenial con-men, and thwarted by a Bolshevik officer.
Anastasia has been nominated for 13 Outer Critic Circle Awards including Best Musical – the most of any show this season! The musical has also been nominated for two Tony Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical and the 2017 Drama League Award for Best Musical.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theatre and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.