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New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Anastasia (NYC)

From 53 critic and 1,684 member reviews
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. 



100
Live Theatre UK

“There are few pleasures greater in a theatre-going life than encountering a glorious new musical about which you know nothing. So it is with ‘Anastasia,’ a complete triumph on Broadway. The score is as lush and lavish as the spectacular sets and costumes, and the cast has no weak spots. Utterly superb singing of utterly beautiful music, some of which is blissfully funny. The kind of theatre that will make youngsters love theatre for life.” Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

"Gloriously brought to life...Director Tresnjak weaves a truly enchanting spell thanks in part to his casting of Christy Altomare. With her pure singing voice, appealing stage presence and strong acting choices, Altomare has that illusive 'it factor' that makes you care about her...This score is tuneful and scrumptious...It also helps when you have incredibly powerful vocals from Altomare, Karimloo and Klena. Terrence McNally’s book keeps us on the edge of our seats and weaves a romantic air." Full Review

90
Woman Around Town

"An old-fashioned book musical with a ravishing score, expressive, illuminating lyrics, significant talent, remarkable visuals, war, deception, and love...‘Anastasia’ might be considered a primer for well-conceived musicals. Numbers organically elaborate on dialogue. Comic relief appears after quiet intensity. Past and present occupy the stage with cohesive luster...Altomare is grave and radiant. We’re with her every step of the way. Warm vocals wonder and soar." Full Review

90
The Wall Street Journal

“The musical’s various elements are so finely fitted and its cast so accomplished that all comparison is quickly left behind. It is intelligent, well-crafted, often exhilarating…A great deal of the credit must go to the book by McNally…Altomare is wondrous as Anya…Her voice is luminous and powerful and clear…In the expansion of their film score, Mr. Flaherty and Ms. Ahrens have created something much more coherent and comprehensive while keeping its highlights.” Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

85
Variety

"A sumptuous fairy tale of a musical that should please the kids, satisfy the sentimental and comfort those who thought the old templates for musical comedy were passé. The broad strokes of the familiar—a romantic young couple, a villain in hot pursuit, comic supporting characters—can still be irresistible when combined with taste, craftsmanship and a willing suspension of disbelief. Director Tresnjak, together with much of that first-class design team, weave an enchanting spell." Full Review

85
WNBC

"The 1997 beloved animated movie has been transformed into a magical new stage musical with a much-improved book by McNally, added songs from the film's composers, and a star-making performance by actress Christy Altomare...Modifications elevate the stakes at play, but also age the piece's target consumer...It may have taken 20 years for 'Anastasia' to make its way from the screen to the stage, but this journey to the past has proven to be well worth the wait." Full Review

85
Hartford Courant

"Dozens of small fixes have made it a much sharper show...It speaks and sings now with a stronger voice...Tresjnak's staging is reminiscent of classic operettas...McNally scripts some neat melodramatic showdowns...What matters most is that 'Anastasia' has found its truest self. It is assured, it is lyrical, it is melodic, it is beautiful, it is dashing, it is moving and it is charming. It has no need for snark, irony or talking bats. It is off on a great adventure." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

“No, that's not some forgotten Golden Age musical floating effervescently across the Broadhurst stage, but ‘Anastasia’ sure has the old-fashioned romantic feel of one…Director Darko Tresnjak's charming production is played on designer Alexander Dodge's simple unit set that frames storybook projections by Aaron Rhyne…While the story may be told in broad strokes, ‘Anastasia's’ attractively traditional score, good humor and winning performances make it a family-friendly delight.” Full Review

80
Daily Beast

"Lushly orchestrated, gently delightful musical...'Anastasia' the musical chooses its own alternative facts, and does so with gorgeously sweeping music by Stephen Flaherty, courtly, crisp choreography by Peggy Hickey, grand designs by Alexander Dodge...The story, non-fatally, doesn’t have much story...Difficult questions about Russia and its past and future are raised and soon forgotten, with shrugs of shoulders and sighs. The performances are shining." Full Review

80
Musical Theater Review

"It’s an oft-told story, but the book, the score, and the imaginative staging by director Darko Tresnjak of an appealing cast tell it with infectious enthusiasm...Probably most spectacular of all is the set design, which utilizes to jaw-dropping effect the gigantic, eye-popping projections of Rhyne...An exemplar of entertainment that tries hard and successfully to give its Broadway audience its money’s worth. It may not elevate the art form, but it certainly keeps it happily afloat." Full Review

80
ZEALnyc

“Despite the changes from the animated film ‘Anastasia,’ I left the theatre satisfied and happy. With such a strong leading female character, ‘Anastasia’ empowers women to follow their heart’s desires and not think twice about it. The character was a role model for my generation, and I hope for many more to come.” Full Review

75
AM New York

"An uneven but well-meaning and mostly pleasant new Broadway musical...The highlights of the score are the pretty power ballads from the film...Too much time is filled with drawn-out scenes and new songs (also by Ahrens and Flaherty) that are not as memorable...As directed by Tresnjak, it looks elegant, moves seamlessly and makes unusually great use of background digital projections. Christy Altomare is smashing as Anya, with powerhouse vocals full of spark and sensitive yearning." Full Review

75
CitiTour

“While this new version is a tad too overstuffed, both in terms of Flaherty and Ahrens’ score and McNally’s too-complex-for-tweens book, the result is still the kind of satisfying, family-friendly fare of which Broadway is always in too short supply...Tresnjak has directed the show with a very steady hand, rarely allowing the pace to lag over 2-and-a-half hours or the focus to go too far astray...If you have a young daughter, you’ll probably be rushin’ to catch this Russian-themed extravaganza." Full Review

75
Towleroad

“The intermittent pleasures of this bright, historical fairy tale are difficult to deny outright, even for those in deep denial about their own tiara-tinged aspirations…For a Russian epic spanning 30 years, Tresnjak’s staging is mercifully simple and deftly executed…But it’s a bold and appealing score, which includes new songs written for the stage, that makes 'Anastasia' float, showcasing the powerful voices of its cast and weaving memorable moments into a standard fairy tale.” Full Review

75
TheaterScene.com

"One of the most extravagantly beautiful physical productions you’ll ever see. A masterpiece? Far from it. But 'Anastasia' might be called breathtakingly competent...If the storytelling falls short of inspired, it’s consummately professional, and never dull...Lovers of well-structured, romantic musicals, and audiences hungry for a visual pampering, are likely to have a wonderful time." Full Review

75
WNYC

"A musical with true romantic sweep...Christy Altomare plays Anya with soaring vocals and an appealing vulnerability, but her sweetness would work better if it were studded with toughness from the beginning...Yet the production is strong enough to survive a mostly milquetoast Anastasia. It has exotic locales, funny secondary characters, incredible dresses, and some heart-flutteringly romantic moments. Plus it has all the ear-worm songs." Full Review

75
Paste Magazine

“The show sparkles with the magic of imperial Russia through mesmerizing visuals, glittering gowns and emotional performances…A well-rounded and established fairy tale…Altomare stars as Anya, a role to which she brings all the heart, vulnerability and strength required…'Anastasia' as a whole thrives off of a familiar tale set to well-loved music...Of course there are minor setbacks; the constant repetition of the themes of hope and learning from the past tend to wear after a while." Full Review

70
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

70
DC Theatre Scene

"'Anastasia' winds up promoting nostalgia for the last reign of the Romanovs, those elegantly attired autocrats who sponsored pogroms against the Jews...If the songs don’t offer the same power or allure as their scores for 'Ragtime,' they are a clever and melodic enough accompaniment for what is the real strength of this production–its beautiful design and its wonderful cast...How the plot plays out will surprise no one, but there are some palpable delights along the way." Full Review

70
Front Mezz Junkies

"The splashy and animated postcard-like musical is pretty enough...It’s a real-life fairy tale crafted into a dreamy romantic musical directed with flair...Starts out thoroughly enchanting us with the lovely and engaging memory song, 'Once Upon a December'...I only wish the rest of the show brought forth similar and stronger attachments and memories, more than what this pretty, but slightly dull musical is able to conjure." Full Review

70
New York Daily News

"The show, despite being filled with some very good songs and performances, suffers from its own identity crisis. It’s got a split personality and is torn between whether it’s serious drama or frothy musical comedy...Darko Tresnjak’s staging boasts momentum and atmosphere...While the show’s tone is muddy, Altomare has a bright, clear voice and shines in the lead role. Anya may or may not be a princess, but the actress playing her is a royal treat." Full Review

70
The Hollywood Reporter

"The show as a whole is a tad bland, though it’s beautifully staged...There's a workmanlike feel to the musical's construction. Lack of nuance in the writing makes the three leads, while vocally strong, quite vanilla...But Tresnjak elevates the material...It's kitschy, old-fashioned entertainment given a relatively sophisticated presentation, and you have to acknowledge its success when you hear the target demographic swoon on cue." Full Review

70
Chicago Tribune

"Works quite delightfully when the star is center stage, and struggles mightily when she is off in the wings, where the charming Christy Altomare spends far too long...A clunky start...Tresnjak forges some potent later scenes...This is not a musical that wants to start a revolution. To say the least. But once McNally's book finds its feet, and the physical production gets out of the way of the several gorgeous, old-school ballads therein, 'Anastasia' has its moments of credible emancipation." Full Review

70
Cabaret Scenes

“While Terrence McNally’s adaptation from the 1997 release unravels somewhat unevenly with gaps of uncertainty, the show proves enchanting to a young audience…Flaherty and Ahrens add numerous new songs, many unmemorable…Tresnjak’s directing flows…An ebullient cast led by Christie Altomare, who sparkles as Anya/Anastasia and Derek Klena as her supportive love interest carry this light family musical drama to its happily-ever-after ending. " Full Review


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Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Sticks to the film great...For people of all ages

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

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See it if See it if you’re a fan of the movie and are a fan of history.

Don't see it if If you’re expecting an accurate movie to stage production.

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Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing

See it if You like the movie. You want a kid friendly show. You want a fairytale show. You like traditional style musicals.

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Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of the Disney movie and love the thought of historical romance

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100
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See it if you love anything musical and if you love the movie

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100
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See it if You like gorgeous sets, beautiful singing, and stories about royalty and history.

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Absorbing, Masterful, Must see

See it if See this amazing show if Memorable Broadway is what you wish to see and share. Fabulous, beautiful, remarkable acting. Not Disney! Beyond!

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Must see

See it if I watch the movie and read the book

Don't see it if I would like to see it

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Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love romantic story lines

Don't see it if You don’t like history

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Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Whimsical

See it if you enjoy a delightful whimsical fairy tale filled with outstanding musical scores, dance numbers with an old-fashioned romantic love story.

Don't see it if no reason not to see it. Unless you do not prefer musicals.

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100
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Looking for a fun and enjoyable night at the theater. This show offers terrific sets, actors/actresses and music.

Don't see it if Your expecting an animated night at the theater and if you're younger then 6.

100
Edgy, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love adventure, history and amazing costumes and acting. I also loved, loved the ballet part of the performance in particular.

Don't see it if Children and adults of all ages will love this show. I thought it would have been more for children and it blow me away.

100
Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Romantic, Great staging

See it if You remember the 1997 film, You are familiar with The Romanovs, You have kids that want to see it, and You like the songs.

Don't see it if It's too long, You have small kids, You never seen the film, and It's too boring.

100
Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if wonderful staging. Great songs!

Don't see it if you don't like you grandmama

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See it if You wanted to be inspired by the wonderful acting and singing of the entire cast. A message of finding yourself and discovering your heart.

Don't see it if you want to see the exact movie that was created. The musical incorporates aspects of the film but it is also made more for the stage.

100
Delightful, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if love a romantic night at the theatre.

Don't see it if didn't like the movie or don't like sappy romance.

100
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See it if You love musicals , enjoy big productions, like the cartoon

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or love stories

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Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if great productions with lots of glitz and glamor

Don't see it if musicals with great flair

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Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic, Great staging

See it if You love beautiful singing and dancing and staging that takes you right into Russia both before and after the revolution.

Don't see it if If you don’t enjoy musicals but even so it’s hard to believe anyone would not love this one

100
Ambitious, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like historical fiction, enjoy grand scenes and elaborate costumes, and enjoy romance.

Don't see it if you would like to see a show grounded in historical fact, or prefer physical setpieces as most of the sets are on screens.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Love a good show

Don't see it if Don't love a good show

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Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love musical theater! The nostalgia of a story you once loved shines through in a fresh and innovative way.

Don't see it if you prefer cartoon bats over communism.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Great staging

See it if You want a magical time

Don't see it if You’re not a romantic

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Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Romantic

See it if You are a fan of the 1997 animated film. Also see it if you love romantic stories. The projection work and costumes are amazing!

Don't see it if You don't like insinuated violence, stories about the past, love stories, or stories that will make you cry.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you love a beautiful captivating musical.

Don't see it if you don't like stories that are more "historically" based and can be a little frightening for children.


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