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Mary Beth Peil to Begin Final Three Weeks in Anastasia

An original member of the Broadway company, Peil has played the Dowager Empress from the beginning.

Nicole Scimeca and Mary Beth Peil in Anastasia. Peil begins her final three weeks as the Dowager Empress tonight.
(© Matthew Murphy)

Mary Beth Peil will play her final performance as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia on Sunday, September 23. Peil is an original member of the Broadway company and was nominated for 2017 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance. Her replacement will be announced shortly.

Anastasia opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 24, 2017. The musical features a book by Terrence McNally and an original score by Tony winners Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Tony winner Darko Tresnjak directs. Ahrens and Flaherty penned the tunes for the 1997 animated film on which the stage musical is based, and have expanded their score, which contains the songs "Once Upon a December" and "Journey to the Past," for the theatrical production.

In addition to Peil, the cast is led by Christy Altomare, Zach Adkins, John Bolton, Vicki Lewis, and Max von Essen. The rest of the cast includes Alex Aquilino, Lauren Blackman, Kathryn Boswell, Maria Briggs, Kyle Brown, Kristen Smith Davis, Janet Dickinson, Wes Hart, Anika Lore Hatch, Ken Krugman, Dustin Layton, Brian Munn, Kenneth Michael Murray, Delilah Rose Pellow, James A. Pierce III, Molly Rushing, Tally Sessions, Jennifer Smith, Lyrica Woodruff, and Kelli Youngman.

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