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.
For the Hartford premiere, Christy Altomare will star in the title role. Derek Klena will play her love interest Dmitry. Read the full Hartford casting announcement here.
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.”