Anastasia the new musical based on the film will open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The cast will be led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor in the roles they originated at Hartford Stage. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide), the new tuner reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.
This cast has a series of members reuniting. Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia!) who plays Anya and Derek Klena, Dmitry (Dogfight, The Bridges of Madison County and Wicked) stared opposite each other in Carrie (see video). On screen Klena is known for his roles in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Blue Bloods. John Bolton is Vlad Popov last seen on Broadway in Dames at Sea, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Curtains, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Contact, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Damn Yankees. On TV Bolton was on four seasons on Gossip Girl. Caroline O’Connor plays Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch. She appeared with Bolton in A Christmas Story the Musical and most recently Chicago. O’Connor received an Olivier nod for Mack and Mabel in the West End. Her film work includes Moulin Rouge.
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. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox movie, the tuner features songs from the 1997 film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score.
Before Anastasia, Nathan Lane leads Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays and Sherie Rene Scott in The Front Page. Previews for that show are set for September 20th with an opening night of October 20th. The Front Page will only play 19 weeks.