REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Anastasia” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Apr 25, 2017
“Anastasia,” with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and directed by Darko Tresnjak, opened on April 24, 2017 in New York City. “Anastasia,” with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and directed by Darko Tresnjak, opened on April 24, 2017 in New York City.


29 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 66.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 40
"The amnesiac title character of 'Anastasia' isn’t alone in suffering a serious identity crisis. The postcard-scenic show that bears her name has its own troubling case of multiple personality disorder...The show in which she appears trembles nonstop with internal conflicts during its drawn-out two-and-a-half hours...The cartoon version from 1997 is very fondly remembered by people who saw it as tweens...Those without such nostalgic insulation are likely to find this 'Anastasia' a chore."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 70
"Undeniably entertaining, but also relevant to the magical thinking that seems to have overtaken so much of the world...There are plenty of great performances in 'Anastasia'...Sporting a bright and clear voice, Altomare is amiable as Anya, but not nearly enough of a presence to sustain this central role...In moments, 'Anastasia' seems to transcend its cartoonish origins and become something one might not expect from the title: a serious Broadway musical."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"The happiest surprise is how consistently good the musical turns out to be. Smartly adapted by Terrence McNally from the 1997 animated film...with Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens impressively expanding their score...'Anastasia' is a sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic whose fine craftsmanship will satisfy musical-theater fans beyond the show’s ideal audience of teenage girls...'Anastasia' is the richest and fullest family show to hit Broadway in years."

“Anastasia” was also reviewed by Caitlin Brody of Entertainment Weekly, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Danny Groner of The Huffington Post, Chris Arnott of Hartford Courant, Dave Quinn of WNBC, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Frank Rizzo of Variety, and Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene.


The show was also reviewed by 221 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging

Mama Rose, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You like a great score, and want to see a charming cast. Great acting from the three principals: Altomare, Klena, and Karimloo."
Don't see it if…"You don't like the movie score. I loved the score, and liked the changes in plot for the stage. The show does need a good trim to get up to '100.'"
Kathleen S 6154, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You loved the movie, and want to be wowed by amazing set and costume design, and beautiful voices." 
Don't see it if…"You are too focused on history that you can't escape for a few hours."
M 608343, ShowScore: 72
See it if…"You like incredible singing, great performancesespecially John Bolton and Caroline O'Connor. Newcomers Altomare and Klena are terrific." 
Don't see it if…"Like me, you hate projections. If they had just used projected backdrops it would have been fine. But they were movies. Distracting."

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