Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Anastasia (NYC)

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Members say: Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging

About the show

Inspired by the Anastasia legend and two movies—including the 1997 animated film—this new musical is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to uncover her past. More…

From the Tony-winning creators of 'Ragtime,' this musical journeys from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s as Anya sets out to unlock the mystery of who she is and where she came from. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak. 

2h 30m | Already closed | Broadhurst Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1964)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging
83
Avg Score

70
Beautiful to behold, Long, Strong singing, Wildly uneven tone, Muddled script

See it if you love old-fashioned musicals. Lavish costumes, sets, special effects. Well staged and acted/sung. But script doesn't work/some weak songs

Don't see it if you want content as gd as production values. Romance is forced. Villain's scenes the worst. Still, I was entertained (I went as a guest).

86
Great staging, Great book, Enchanting, Vivid, Forgetful songs

See it if You want to see a visually stunning piece of work, lush, grand and beautiful to look at. Great story. Nice to listen to but forgotten quick.

Don't see it if You're going to be super critical. It's a nice show. It's not going to be a classic but it's much better than the reviews led me to believe.

84
Amazing costumes!, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Solid

See it if You want a high quality show wiith great performances. My seats were partial view, so I missed a lot of the projections. BUt still enjoyed.

Don't see it if It's fairly traditional with some high tech staging. It's really good. I can;t think of why not to see it. You didn't like the movie?

75
Enchanting, Fluffy, Cliched, Pretty, Romantic

See it if Tame, sentimental, glittery show that had the many teenage girls in the audience in tears.

Don't see it if You are looking for deeper story and characters. You prefer more interesting music.

93
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if My 90 and partner's 95. Did not expect much but so pleased.. 6 leads had great voices. Spectacle.The videos,lights and sets were dead on.

Don't see it if my problem not happy with the ballet scene (but I do realize it works for many)

70
Solid, Superficial, Engaging, Pleasant, Uneven

See it if you want to see a perfectly pleasant musical that doesn't make you think at all and sweeps you up in its grand romantic fairy tale story.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a very superficial approach to what could be a really rich thought-provoking story.

64
Bland, Pleasant, Enchanting, Cliched, Shallow

See it if you're wistful for the animated film; you want to see a pretty, colorful 2-dimensional film turned into a pretty, colorful 1D stage musical.

Don't see it if you expect a fully cogent book, memorable score (except the film's well-known songs), fleshed-out characters or compelling performances.

Also I normally hate the use of projections, generally used as a shortcut f... Read more Read less

74
Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you’re a fan of rags-to-riches stories, legends, and fairy tales. The costumes are terrific, and Altomare is wonderful.

Don't see it if you like your theatre gritty and raw. This is high-gloss, pure escapism.

72
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You're looking for a decent family show good for tweens, or if you happen to love this story or the animated film.

Don't see it if You're sick of treacly princess stories, even those that happen amongst a historical revolution.

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like to see a new "old-style" musical with wonderful sets, good singing & choreography by a strong cast in a "historical" story.

Don't see it if you want a musical with a lot of memorable tunes. It is a long show and drags just a bit.

88
Delightful, Charming, Visually stunning, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if magic, romance & a bit of history with stunning visuals are your idea of a good time. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Bring a hankie.

Don't see it if your principal interest is music. The chorus blurs their words but the solo songs were not interesting enough to make me think I missed much

88
Exquisite costuming, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Gorgeous sets

See it if You want to see a truly beautiful musical ! You enjoy historical musicals. The quality of the voices in a show are very important to you.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the story of the family of Russian Czar Nicholai Romanov and especially his youngest daughter Anastasia.

92
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Romantic, Engrossing

See it if Princess Amnesia flees The Revolution and runs to the arms of an anarchist's ruse to impersonate her former life singing & dancing alltheway

Don't see it if A sprawling epic romantic musical with thriller aspects thrown in? This isn't Disney with anarchy and assassins. Is she reclaiming her loss?

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you enjoy beautiful staging of the Anastasia story. Wonderful choreography and musical numbers. Stunning costumes.

Don't see it if you like serious drama or musicals.

Also There were great roles for two older actresses. To me they were the hi... Read more Read less

84
Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if There's enough magic in great production and videos, good singing and dancing to elevate a fabricated fairytale into something special.

Don't see it if You want more historical accuracy than costumes, scenery, and Russian dancing (the Russian revolution is reduced to a few silhouettes)

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, A little too long, Romantic

See it if you want to be entertained and enjoy classic musical theater, enjoy some beautiful voices, costumes, pretty sets with grand video displays .

Don't see it if 2 1/2 dimensional characters but entertaining. Better than expected. Many young teens in the audience having the time of their lives.

75
Great staging, Fluffy, Great projections

See it if you enjoy reliable family friendly Disney musicals and aren't expecting much more than an onstage version of the film.

Don't see it if you're expecting more than a couple of memorable songs or you have a problem with most of the sets consisting of skillful projections.

82
High-gloss costume musical with spirit

See it if Lovely musical with familiar plot and some nice performances. Christy shines. We do love Penny Fuller who makes an elegant Dowager Empress

Don't see it if you don't care for musicals of the "Golden Age" style. I'm glad they're still making them. Constantine Germanacos as Gleb has a great voice

84
Romantic, Great singing, Iteresting staging with projections rather than scrims, practical sets., Enjoyable

See it if You want to see a straightforward colorful adaptation of the Ingrid Bergman movie (and Disney film I never saw).

Don't see it if You want historical correctness. You are searching for deeper meaning.

Also At this point we still have much of the original cast. The replacement... Read more Read less

75
Great staging, Enchanting, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you like the story of Anastasia & enjoy fancy costumes and romantic stories or you enjoy enchanting staging and great singing regardless.

Don't see it if you are looking for transforming theater or originality, this musical is nice and pretty, but not anything more.

72
Enchanting, Not like the movie, Cute, Gorgeous costumes, Family-friendly

See it if you love the movie and want to see the characters brought to life onstage.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see the movie. Sure, some of the songs are in it (the new ones aren't as catchy) but this isn't a replica.

74
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy mindless fluff about one of the great mysteries of the 20th Century, great voices and staging but inane lyrics and music

Don't see it if original stories with music that is reminiscent of 7 or 8 shows is not your cup of tea

75
Disney, Candy-colored, Entertaining, Perfect for tweens, Lovely singing

See it if A Disney show with beautiful projected scenery, a relatively gritty heroine with a pretty voice, not much tension and 2.5 hours long. Not...

Don't see it if ...much there for adult theater goers, but nice for kids, altho the 8 year old in front of me was bored. Not my taste, but pleasant enough.

79
By the numbers, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic, Slow

See it if a feast for the eyes, great staging & singing are enough. Some very talented performers work very hard to sell the material.

Don't see it if you want more than conventional story telling.

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if lovely musical , beautifully staged perfect for family entertainment.

Don't see it if If you do not like simple large production musicals .


April 24th, 2017
"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 t...
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April 24th, 2017
"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 cra...
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April 24th, 2017
"There’s something soothing (in the wrong way) about the team’s ability to follow all the templates of normal musical-making even while writing about something so abnormal...A score of singular characterlessness. McNally’s book, its structural improvements notwithstanding, is similarly bland...Tr...
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April 25th, 2017
"In Tresnjak’s production, everything is incredibly overblown, from the screensaver-like cityscape projections to the score, by Flaherty and Ahrens, who never met a pop ballad that they couldn’t top off with a sweeping high note...Historical license doesn’t quite cover the liberties taken, and in...
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