Anastasia Stage Musical Finds Leading Players
The highly anticipated stage musical adaptation of Anastasia has found its cast.
The Hartford Stage production will star Broadway vets Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia!) and Derek Klena (The Bridges of Madison County), who previously appeared onstage together in MCC Theater's 2012 revival of Carrie the Musical, as Anastasia and her love interest, Dmitry. They will be joined by Mary Beth Peil (The Good Wife) as the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, Manoel Felciano (Disaster!) as Gleb, John Bolton (Dames at Sea) as Vlad, Caroline O'Connor (A Christmas Story) as Lily, and Nicole Scimeca as Young Anya.
The ensemble will be made up of Lauren Blackman, James Brown III, Max Clayton, Janet Dickinson, Constantine Germanacos, Rayanne Gonzales, Ken Krugman, Kevin Ligon, Alida Michal, Shina Ann Morris, Kevin Munhall, Molly Rushing, Johnny Stellard, Samantha Sturm, Maxwell Carmel, Katherine McLellan, and Riley Briggs.
Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), the production will reunite the Tony-winning team behind the Broadway musical Ragtime: book writer Terrence McNally and songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Ahrens and Flaherty penned the tunes for the 1997 animated film on which the stage musical is based. They have expanded their score, which contains songs including "Once Upon a December" and "Journey to the Past," for the theatrical production.
Inspired by the urban legend of the Grand Duchess of Anastasia, the story tells of Tsar Nicholas II's young daughter, the only survivor of her family's execution, who lived as a poor orphan until discovering her own secret past. The show will run May 12-June 12.