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235 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Opens 23 Mar 2017
"...stunningly staged, emotionally rich and expertly crafted..."
A starry creative team bring the magical story of Anastasia to Broadway for the first time. Inspired by the 20th Century Fox animation from 1997, this show imagines the life of Grand Duchess Anastasia if she escaped the execution of the rest of her family in 1918, and follows her journey of self-discovery and tentative romance with charming con man Dimitri. It's a blockbuster adventure bursting with heart, set against the historical backdrop of the Russian Revolution.
Coming to The Great White Way following a Hartford tryout, this enchanting new show features a mix of songs from the movie, including the Oscar-nominated 'Journey to the Past', as well as original compositions. In the director's chair is Darko Tresnjack, who won a Tony for his work on the smash hit A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, while the cast includes Ramin Karimloo (Les Mis). Anastasia also reunites the team behind the four time Tony winning musical Ragtime, with Terrence McNally providing the book and Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens scoring.
The story begins in Russia in 1916 at a lavish ball thrown by its imperial rulers The Romanovs. A dark cloud is cast over the party by the arrival of Rasputin, a sorcerer and the Romanovs' former advisor, who has been banished for treason. Hungry for revenge he curses the family and sets in motion the Russian Revolution. In the ensuing upheaval, only Empress Maria and the young Grand Duchess Anastasia escape the palace, but are then separated, with Anastasia falling and hitting her head.
A decade later, and Anastasia is a plucky 18 year old living in a rural Russian orphanage, with no memory of her true identity. One day she is spotted by rogueish conman Dimitri, who noticing her likeness to the still missing Princess, concocts a plan to pass her off as the real Anastasia to Empress Marie, who has offered a reward for her return. As they embark on their journey, a romance begins to blossom between the pair, and memories of Anastasia's past life come back to her. But her reappearance has also awakened the evil spirit of Rasputin, who is determined to snuff out the remaining Romanovs once and for all.
Up until conclusive DNA tests confirmed her death, Anastasia's purported survival was one of the great mysteries of the 20th Century. Over the years, many women came forward claiming to be the missing Grand Duchess, including Anna Anderson, who was engaged in a 40 year legal battle to try and prove her identity.
Previews from: 23 March 2017
Opening night: 24 April 2017
Booking through until: 1 October 2017
May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
Images are taken from the Hartford production
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