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Anastasia

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

 
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65
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40
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

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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

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

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

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." 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

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Cultural Weekly

"It may go over with the 'Wicked'-'Annie'-'Matilda' tween-girl crowd, but this live cartoon is not for adults...Tresnjak’s broadly played production is like one of those combination rides and shows at Disney World...Echoes of greater musicals abound...The competent cast led by Altomare and Klena earn their paychecks but rarely rise above the stale script. Only Caroline O’Connor as a buffoonish countess and Mary Beth Peil as the stern Empress create an original impression." 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

60
Lighting & Sound America

“‘Anastasia' is mostly interested in platitudes and rose-colored romance…It's tough to care about a cast of characters that includes a leading lady with no fixed identity, a pair of grifters, and a bitter old recluse; nevertheless, the principals do their best to put over the improbable plot…If you're in the mood for this kind of colorful Barbara Cartland nonsense, 'Anastasia' goes down pretty easily, although Tresnjak's direction never really isolates the juicy melodrama at the show's heart.” 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

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

65
Talkin' Broadway

"For all these smart changes, this 'Anastasia' fails to completely escape the influence of its cartoony forebear...Everything is technically proficient. It's just also too vanilla to linger long in your mind, or at all in your heart. At least Tresnjak's staging is slick, handsome, and fast-moving...To do justice to Anastasia's story, there must be genuine risks, genuine losses, and genuine feelings that go beyond surface-level, cookie-cutter emotions and their matching songs." 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

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

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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

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Deadline

“Tresnjak and choreographer Hickey have built a solid machine to make a lugubrious story pass by swiftly, if not always gracefully. They have in Altomare a near-perfect heroine whose only flaw is her flawlessness; as Anstasia, she seems too blandly resilient for anything more complex than a cartoon character’s reinvention...She’s lovely. A similar quality—or, rather, lack of distinguishing qualities—applies to the two men vying for her…‘Anastasia’ is surprisingly mild.” Full Review

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CurtainUp

"If this sounds more calculated for a long, multiple ticket-selling life than genuinely heart-touching, you're right. In fairness, Altomare is a fine Anya. Though she lacks real superstar charisma, she has a lovely soprano...The most successful aspect of this production comes from the knockout production values...But while I love the way sophisticated stagecraft can enhance a show, scenery is intended to support the story and performers, rather than be the scene-stealing star." Full Review

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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

65
Theater In The Now

"The stage adaptation is an uneven mash-up of the animated film as well as the 1956 film of the same name...The integration of the two plot lines was not nearly as polished or seamless as it needed to be...Overall, the new tunes are quite good, though the historical ones felt a touch out of the world...A visual triumph...Come for the music, stay for Aaron Rhyne’s breathtaking projection design...This production is a technological game changer. But it’s not perfect." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"A perfectly crafted Broadway musical fairy tale that is going to run forever. Family-friendly, romantic, glittery, great sets and costumes, and songs the audience already knows and loves…I was dazed and confused by the enthusiasm all around me...But I guess my ability to delude myself about what’s real and what’s fantasy is in pretty short supply these days. I just can’t pretend that what’s actually happened, you know, real people getting murdered, didn’t happen and it’s all OK.” Full Review

60
Newsday

"More power ballads have been added to the pretty but dispiritingly predictable story of Anastasia...Tony-winning director Darko Tresnjak keeps everything moving attractively along. But there is little he can do with a vapid story that has absolutely no context for a revolution that, in this version of history, only turns out paupers and bureaucratic puppets...Christy Altomare is strong as Anya." Full Review

60
The Huffington Post

"It doesn’t live up to the hype. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to like...There’s plenty to marvel at in both acts; costumes, scenery, and lighting stand out as constants worthy of acclaim and notice. The play overall, though, feels uneven. Just because you can placate an audience with a familiar, beloved story with music that’ll bring them back to another era doesn’t necessarily mean the narrative can support a two and a half hour show." Full Review

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The Wrap

"A muddled, pro-Czarist Russia musical for the Trump era...It’s a show that pays homage to the kleptocracy that was the Romanovs of Russia. How could our president not be thrilled?...Terrence McNally’s book goes through so many contortions on the subject of Anastasia...Christy Altomare and Derek Klena display pretty singing voices, and otherwise show as much depth as the animated-film characters their roles are based on." 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

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

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84
Avg Score

80
Romantic, Slow, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You love "princess"-type stories or any of the Disney shows. You want to be entertained but not challenged much.

Don't see it if You prefer intense, thought-provoking stories with unhappy or unclear endings. You have trouble sitting through low-action moments.

Also My teens (ages 13 and 14) both loved this. It's a great solution for f... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Overrated, Predictable

See it if you like white washed Disney shows.

Don't see it if you want a realistic look at a tragic event.

71
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a simple show with good performances and great staging.

Don't see it if Want something deep or historically accurate

70
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see a family-friendly show with beautiful staging. The projections are beautiful.

Don't see it if you need big stars and powerful musical numbers.

85
Enchanting, Exquisite, Moving, Entertaining

See it if you loved the animated film but want to see a better version of it. Or want a sweeping & romantic show with a talented cast.

Don't see it if you're an old bore & only want the reality of what happened to these characters. Or want to see HAMILTON. Or both.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see a great stage and show. One of the best uses of a Video Wall in any production. Show was really enjoyable, highly recommend.

Don't see it if you don't like broadway. Plain and simple, was a fun show. Singers sometimes sung over each other, and no real powerful songs, but was great

Also I don't understand all the reviews.. Show was def worth seeing, may no... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Great set with wonderful vocals by Christy Altomare & Derek Klena. Journey to the past is a highlight in otherwise paint by numbers story.

Don't see it if Cartoon to stage adaptations don't do it for you

80
Flat but entertaining

See it if Act I's sound-the-same big belting ballads delivered center stage are to your liking. Action picks up in Act II.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for the monotony of Act I or are easily bored or older than 16. Act I sets up the simple story & takes a long time.

88
Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy epic sweeping musicals with romance, great performances and singing, and really terrific sets, lighting and costumes.

Don't see it if you are a stickler for an accurate portrayal of history even in a fictional story.

94
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great staging, Magical

See it if you need a blissful evening of enchanting songs, sets, and costumes; delicious physical comedy; charming actors giving their all—such fun!!

Don't see it if you don't want to feel uplifted, charmed, or cajoled into smiling and oohing a lot ... oh & getting goose bumps on occasion from the magic!!

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You're looking for a musical the entire family can enjoy. Flawed, but engaging. I even shed a tear at the end.

Don't see it if The score is hit or miss and there's not a lot of believable conflict or suspense.

72
Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want a cute princess/rags-to-riches story that is well-cast and doesn't make you think too hard.

Don't see it if you're looking for something edgy, innovative, or unique.

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Great staging, Beautiful scenery

See it if See it. I was swept up by the beautiful scenery and the romantic love story.

Don't see it if You are looking for answers.

Also I didn't expect to love the show as much as I did. It was a beautiful ... Read more Read less

83
Epic, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you like the story, excellent singing and costumes and sets. Historically based shows.

Don't see it if If you like really original feeling scores. Don't like history or violence or solos and ballads

Also This is a beautifully designed show with excellent performers. I felt ... Read more Read less

76
Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy musicals, Russia, high-tech scenery, dazzling costumes, and catchy music. There is a lot to like in this show.

Don't see it if mushy romances, unrealistic plot devices, an uneven book, or cartoony portrayals will turn you off.

Also Refreshing different from the animated film, this musical maintains th... Read more Read less

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 .

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

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

80
Nicely produced show with lavish sets

See it if You like large Broadway Musicals with romantic sweeping themes. Like Ahrens and Flahrery. Great performance by Caroline O' Connor and others

Don't see it if You are expecting something new fangled.

Also Overall a satisfying evening of musical theatre. First act a bit slow ... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Charming, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you enjoyed the movie, or are looking for a sweet, funny, romantic musical. The cast is strong, and the singing and dancing are excellent.

Don't see it if you hate that there will likely be small children in the theatre. Also, if you expect there to be any semblance of historical accuracy.

86
Enchanting, Great staging, Vivid, Great book, 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.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if for a supremely entertaining, romantic, visually arresting, smartly directed, melodic and beautifully performed show with broadway know how.

Don't see it if you are jaded or don't like fabulously entertaining broadway musicals

69
Banal, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Generic

See it if You loved the Disney movie & absolutely must see this version - bland cliche music & lyrics, it lacks charm & life & personality.

Don't see it if You don't mind generic, cruise-ship quality entertainment at Broadway prices. Sets were all projections, which felt downright lazy.

Also Shout out to the only standout performer: Caroline O'Connor as Countes... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Traditional

See it if You like "classic" broadway musical theatre

Don't see it if You want an edgy, out of the box theatrical experience

72
Pleasant, Pretty, Lovely sets

See it if you love history/historical fiction, beautiful sets, lovely vocals, and/or the animated film by the same name.

Don't see it if you are expecting the cartoon. Much of the music is the same, but the story takes a far more political tone. It gives the story new life.

83
Slow, Entertaining, Great singing, Beautiful scenery and costumes

See it if you enjoyed the cartoon if you want to see beautiful scenery and costumes. A dazzling show to look at.

Don't see it if you want to see a challenging show with great music