Tony winners Ahrens and Flaherty, who are collaborating with Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally on Anastasia, have envisioned a more human and historic take on the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia for the musical’s stage debut.
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, 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.”
Anastasia will officially open on Broadway April 24, 2017, at the Broadhurst Theatre. Previews begin March 23.
Additional casting will be announced.
American Express Card Members are the first to access tickets via a presale that runs through September 26 at 9:59 AM. At 10 AM September 26, Audience Rewards will offer a ticket presale through October 3 at 9:59 AM.
Beginning October 7 at 10 AM, members of the general public will be able to purchase tickets via Telecharge.com or by phoning (212) 239-6200.
Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) directs Anastasia, which features choreography by Peggy Hickey.
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, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. The new musical is inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures.”