Based upon the story that captivated the world nearly a century ago, Anastasia follows a young Russian woman’s journey as she tries to reclaim her identity. As she searches to solve the mystery of her life, lost when she developed amnesia, Anya finds her true place in life and the family that she was meant to have. With a transfer to Broadway scheduled for the 2016-2017 season, Anastasia soared through its time at Hartford Stage and New York eagerly awaits its arrival.
The success of Anastasia cannot be hailed without discussing its brilliant creative team. The production is led by Tony Award winners director Darko Tresnjak, with music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a book by playwright Terrence McNally. Beyond being a beloved story that most are familiar with, Anastasia is a visual treasure with lighting design by Tony winner Donald Holder. The attention to detail is incredibly precise, right down to each intricate bead sewn onto each gorgeous dress, all of which are designed by Tony winner Linda Cho. With Tony Award winners leading every aspect of the production, it’s little question as to why the new musical is visually and audibly thrilling.
But the crown jewel of this production is none other than Anastasia herself, played by Christy Altomare. Altomare, who previously appeared in Mamma Mia! and the off-Broadway revival of Carrie, shines with a pure radiance as she transforms from a dirty street urchin to the Grand Duchess with grace and poise that one can only be born into. Alongside her are Derek Klena as Dmitry, the suave con man who finds that a heart of gold is much more valuable than actual gold, and John Bolton, who gives the audience their much need comic relief as Vlad, the good-natured schemer.
From Russia, to Paris, to Hartford, to New York City – this soaring musical’s acclaim is certainly more than just a rumor in St. Petersburg.