Anastasia, the new musical from the Tony-winning team of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and playwright Terrence McNally, has canceled its first preview in Hartford, CT due to technical demands of the Broadway-bound production.
Performances were to begin the evening of May 12. Anastasia will now begin public performances May 13.
“Due to the complex technical requirements of Anastasia, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s first preview performance. All patrons who have tickets are being notified and will be able to obtain seats for another performance. Given the large scope of all elements of design for this show, we want to ensure that we have adequate technical rehearsal time for the safety of our cast and crew prior to a public performance. Thank you for your understanding. We anticipate no further delays, and look forward to starting performances of this beautiful show on Friday,” said Michael Stotts, Hartford Stage managing director in a statement.
Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak ( A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) directs the new musical that will officially open May 27.
The musical, which continues through June 19, will arrive on Broadway at a Shubert theatre-to-be-announced during the 2016-17 Broadway season.
The 1997 animated musical used the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia as its inspiration, earning the duo Oscar nominations for Best Original Song (“Journey to the Past”) and for Best Music: Original Musical or Comedy Score.