Stage Entertainment USA (Sister Act, Rocky) and Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play, The Visit) announced plans for the Broadway transfer April 15.
This brand-new take on the musical has a book by Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally (The Visit, Master Class, Kiss of the Spider Woman). McNally, Ahrens and Flaherty previously collaborated on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Ragtime.
Anastasia is set to have its world premiere at Hartford Stage May 12 under the direction of Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak ( A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder). Performances continue through June 19. It features choreography by Peggy Hickey.
The musical, which incorporates characters not seen in the film, promises a mix of songs from the film and new numbers. The film songs have been extensively revised and rewritten for the stage.
"The score’s really interesting," Ahrens told Playbill.com in a recent interview. "For example, there’s an opening number in the movie called 'Rumor in St. Petersburg' and we kept that, but it’s completely re-written, opened up, all the main characters are introduced. It’s a theatrical number now, as opposed to a fun song for an animated movie. And 'Journey to the Past,' which is one of the famous songs, and the song that got [Oscar] nominated, has been moved to an entirely different place in the score, where I think it’s going to be even more effective, actually, and in between there’s all kinds of new stuff."
Here’s how it’s billed: “From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic and rousing story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century.”