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Show spotlight : Anastasia

In today's post, Lily shines a spotlight on a beloved animation reworked for the stage, Anastasia!


THE LOWDOWN

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Based on the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Opened at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre on 23rd March 2017


THE SHOW

Based on the 1997 film of the same name, Anastasia follows the story of Anya, a young Russian woman who is desperate to find traces of her past after a traumatic childhood causes her to lose her memory. Set in the years following the Russian revolution, her journey takes her from St Petersburg to Paris as she discovers who she really is and the home, love, and family she wants at the heart of her life.


Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, this new stage musical has several new specially written heart-warming songs, in addition to the film favourites. 20 years on from the film's original release, the show made its debut in Connecticut before transferring to Broadway. It continues to inspire audiences worldwide with its story of self-discovery.


WHY I HEART IT

One of the most recent additions to my favourite musicals, I came across songs from Anastasia on YouTube, through cabaret performances by the original cast. Drawn in by the show's music, I went on to find out more about the story and fell in love. Although I have yet to see it on stage, I hope that sometime in the future I will be able to experience the rumour, the legend, and the mystery for myself.


MY FAVOURITE CAST

(Original Broadway)

Anya/Princess Anastasia : Christy Altomare

Dmitry : Derek Klena

Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna : Mary Beth Peil

Gleb Vaganov : Ramin Karimloo

Vlad Popov : John Bolton

Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch : Caroline O'Connor


EXPLORE

  • Anastasia closed on Broadway in 2019, but continues to tour around the USA, Netherlands, Stuttgart, and Madrid. Discover more about the tours and how to buy tickets for them at https://anastasiathemusical.com/tour/

  • Listen to the Original Cast Recording on YouTube

  • Fall in love with the music by watching Derek Klena and Christy Altomare sing 'In a Crowd of Thousands' here

  • Watch videos from the Anastasia YouTube Channel to discover more about how the production of the show has grown from the beginning.

  • Follow Christy Altomare around backstage at the Broadhurst Theatre with appearances from the cast in her Broadway.com Royal Misfits series here.

Join me in “my own little corner” of the internet next time as I shine a spotlight on my featured song from Anastasia - In my Dreams.


See you next matinee day!