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Anastasia

Finished Apr 30, 2023

Fred Kavli Theatre

Anastasia leaves you with a profound message - you will never be recognized if you cannot recognize yourself and where you are from.

Anastasia

Finished Apr 30, 2023

Fred Kavli Theatre

Anastasia leaves you with a profound message - you will never be recognized if you cannot recognize yourself and where you are from.

Why see Anastasia?

Once Upon A December...

Take an incredible journey to the past as the critically acclaimed, Broadway production of Anastasia tours the country. Born from the pens of Obie and Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally and Tony-winning writing team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who ruled the Great White Way with their smash hit Ragtime, the musical draws on the score of the beloved animated film and includes the memorable melodies of Once Upon A December and Journey To The Past.

While it incorporates elements of the 20th Century Fox classic, this Anastasia avoids the film's more fantastical elements (gone are the talking bat and evil sorcerer Rasputin) in favor of a historically accurate version. Brand new songs are woven into a more nuanced narrative where common folk flee the Russian Revolution and are forced to settle into the new life under the Soviet Union. Amidst the peril of a changing regime, an orphan named Anya rises to embrace her destiny!

What is Anastasia About?

Orphaned at a young age and unable to remember her parents or family, feisty street sweeper Anya falls in with charismatic conmen Vlad and Dmitry who, seeing an opportunity they can't miss, train her in the ways of the aristocracy, in a style similar to Eliza in My Fair Lady. They have their sights set on Paris, where the Dowager Empress resides. Mother of the overthrown Tsar Nicholas II and one of the only surviving Romanovs after the Russian Revolution, the Dowager Empress holds out hope that her long-lost granddaughter Anastasia survived the terrible revolt.

Vlad and Dmitry, realizing Anya is the spitting image of Anastasia, convince her to sneak out of Russia with them to meet the Empress and claim their reward. Yet along their grand adventure, a budding romance blossoms between our heroine and the dashing young Dmitry, while the mystery of her birth unravels...

Did you know?

The tale of Anastasia is based on a rumour that circulated several years after the Russian Revolution. Although one woman claimed to be the lost princess, the truth has still not been discovered... could Anya have survived? 

Key Information

Covid 19 secure

You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Audience

May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under; children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre

Run Time

Two hours and 25 minutes, including intermission

Dates

Finished Apr 30, 2023

Cast

Veronica Stern as Anya
Willem Butler as Dmitry
Christian McQueen as Gleb
Gerri Weagraff as Dowagaer Empress
Byran Seastrom as Vlad
Madeline Raube as Countess Lily
Adriella Goncalves and Alexandrya Salazar as Little Anastasia

Ensemble and Swing 
Thalia Atallah, Zachary Bigelow, Louis Brogna, Amin Fuson, Lester Gonzalez, Rebecca Hartman, Kaitlyn Jackson, Zoie Lee, Brooklyn Libao, Alex Llyod, Danny Martin, Billy McGavin, Dominic Pagliaro, Luke Rands, Amy Smith, Sarah Statler and Lauren Teyke 

Creative

Directed by Darko Tresknak
Choreographed by Peggy Hickey
Written by Terrence McNally 
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens

Awards

Wins
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design

Nominations
2017 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
2017 Tony for Best Costume Design in a Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music

Reviews

Our review

Romantic, Enchanting, Bold

This is a review of the original Broadway production!

Nicola Quinn

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Customer reviews

29 reviews, average rating: (3.1 Stars)

Heidi Wood

Anastasia

Wonderfully entertaining! The voices of the lead players were fantastic. Costume detail and set design was truly amazing! See this now and enjoy the theater area with dinner before the show! It was a lovely evening in Chicago! Must see! ... Read more

Talor sheffield

LOVED IT

The costumes were amazing the music was magical the effects really added to the story if this was your first time you could tell what was happening where you were and all that. I would definitely take your kids to this Becouse the Eroma of being there live is amazing 5/5 stars ... Read more

Jeanette S.

Hard to understand

The musical itself was a sight to see--beautiful visuals, dance numbers, music was lovely. However, a lot of the dialogue was very hard to understand. My twelve year old kept asking me "What? What did she say?" The songs were the hardest of all. The gentleman in front of us kept trying to adjust his hearing aid. That was disappointing in such a beautiful place. ... Read more

News

Get Your First Look At The National Tour Of Anastasia

Get Your First Look At The National Tour Of Anastasia

News Desk, October 18th, 2018
The national tour of Anastasia is now under-way! Take a look at the cast in action in these newly released production images. Lila Coogan leads the cast as Princess Anastasia with Stephen Brower as Dmitry and Jason Michael Evans as Gleb....
Read more

Get Your First Look At The National Tour Of Anastasia

Get Your First Look At The National Tour Of Anastasia
News Desk, October 18th, 2018
The national tour of Anastasia is now under-way! Take a look at the cast in action in these newly released production images. Lila Coogan leads the cast as Princess Anastasia with Stephen Brower as Dmitry and Jason Michael Evans as Gleb....
Read more

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