New in 2017 From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris, a new romantic musical about a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.
From the producers: From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, "Anastasia" is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.
Composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens pen the score, with original songs filling out the tunes they originally wrote for the animated film, with Terrence McNally on board to write the book. The new musical comes to Broadway following a tryout run in Connecticut in 2016.
The production features Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton Caroline O’Connor, Ramin Karimloo ("Les Misérables") and Mary Beth Peil. Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak ("A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder") directs.
2017 Drama Desk Nominations: Outstanding Musical,
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Christy Altomare), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Mary Beth Peil), Outstanding Music, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical.
2017 Outer Critics Circle Nominations: Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book Of A Musical , Outstanding New Score, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Actress In A Musical (Christy Altomare), Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical (John Bolton), Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical (Caroline O’Connor, Mary Beth Peil).
The show, despite being filled with some very good songs and performances, suffers from its own identity crisis. It's got a split personality and is torn between whether it's serious drama or frothy musical comedy. [The] score is a tuneful mix of mostly new numbers, plus a few holdovers from the film. Tresnjak's staging boasts momentum and atmosphere...but a consistent mood eludes the director. While the show's tone is muddy, Altomare has a bright, clear voice and shines in the lead role.
Fidget-inducing...the show's relatively one-note tone...the costumes and screen-based sets that transport the audience are the true standouts of this show. Fans of the film will find some joy in the score. Flaherty and Ahrens wrote an abundance of new tracks...The mix feels cohesive, though nothing trumps their original [songs]. Director Tresnjak caters to his young audience with a healthy - perhaps too healthy - dose of superfluous ensemble sequences.