Complete casting has been announced for the Broadway premiere of Anastasia, the new stage musical adaptation of the 1997 animated film musical, which will begin previews March 23 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
The Broadway production will feature Christy Altomare as Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry, John Bolton as Vlad, Caroline O’Connor as Lily, Ramin Karimloo as Gleb, and Mary Beth Peil as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Joining them are Zach Adkins, Sissy Bell, Lauren Blackman, Kathryn Boswell, Kyle Brown, Kristen Smith Davis, Janet Dickinson, Constantine Germanacos, Wes Hart, Ian Knauer, Ken Krugman, Dustin Layton, Shina Ann Morris, James A. Pierce III, Molly Rushing, Nicole Scimeca, Jennifer Smith, Johnny Stellard, and Allison Walsh.
Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) directs Anastasia, which features choreography by Peggy Hickey. It officially opens April 24.
The 1997 animated film utilized the mystic confidant Rasputin (and his sidekick, the albino bat Bartok) as the story’s villain. For the stage, the writers have created the character of Gleb (played by Karimloo), the plot’s antagonist who Ahrens previously described as “a character who represents Communist Regime. He’s more of a contemporary figure. He’s in post-revolutionary Russia; he’s a Czechist as they called them.”
The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (set design), Linda Cho (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Aaron Rhyne (projection design), Charles G. LaPointe (hair/wig design), Joe Dulude II (makeup design), Thomas Murray (music supervision and direction), Doug Besterman (orchestrations), David Chase (dance arranger), and casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA. The stage production was originally commissioned by Dmitry Bogachev. Eric Cornell serves as executive producer.
Here’s how it’s billed: “This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920’s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.”
Lead producers on the musical are Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play, The Visit), and Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening).
Tickets to Anastasia are now on sale to members of the general public. Visit Telecharge.com or phone (212) 239-6200.
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