Anastasia (NYC)
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Anastasia (NYC)
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Anastasia (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(2069 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
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.

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
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).

927 Reviews | 379 Followers
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.

763 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
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?

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
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.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
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. Read more

don
506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
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)

Critic Reviews (53)

The New York Times
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 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."
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Time Out New York
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 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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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...Tresnjak’s tonally schizophrenic staging only makes things worse...It bewilders me that in making stage musicals from animated movies, adapters seem to think they can remain outside history."
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New Yorker
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 this riches-to-rags-to-riches tale there’s a great deal of romantic nostalgia for imperial Russia...If you bring a small child, you might get some thorny questions about the October Revolution."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 24th, 2017

"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."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 24th, 2017

"A fidget-inducing, two-and-a-half-hour Broadway musical, with a production not nearly animated enough to warrant that running time...Peil and her gregarious lady-in-waiting, Countess Lily prove to be the most dynamic performers of the bunch. Altomare and Klena fall flat, lacking the charisma needed to fill the slog...Fans of the film will find some joy in the score...Director Tresnjak caters to his young audience with a healthy—perhaps too healthy—dose of superfluous ensemble sequences."
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Variety
April 24th, 2017

"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."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 25th, 2017

“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.”
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