Ahead of the world premiere of Anastasia, Hartford Stage has released an online version of the program for the new musical from the Tony-winning Ragtime team, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally. Performances begin May 12 under the direction of Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder).
The program includes a message from Hartford managing director Michael Stotts in which he says the show is “an ambitious undertaking that has required much more than 100% from our staff.” Stotts also comments on the significant impact Anastasia has had on the local economy in bringing large audiences to the theatre. See the full program here.
Based on the 1997 animated musical film of the same name, the stage show will incorporate a mix of songs from the film as well as new numbers. The story follows a young woman's journey through Russia and Paris as she attempts to discover the mysteries of her past.
Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia!) stars in the title role and Derek Klena (Bridges of Madison County) plays her love interest Dimitry. The cast also includes Mary Beth Peil, Manoel Felciano, John Bolton, Caroline O'Connor, Nicole Scimeca, Lauren Blackman, James Brown III, Max Clayton, Janet Dickinson, Constantine Germanacos, Rayanne Gonzales, Ken Krugman, Kevin Ligon, Alida Michal, Shina Ann Morris, Kevin Munhall, Molly Rushing, Johnny Stellard and Samantha Sturm; as well as swing performers Maxwell Carmel, Katherine McLellan and Riley Briggs.
Performances are set to run through June 19. Visit hartfordstage.org/anastasia for more information and to purchase tickets.