From New York to St. Petersburg with the help of a musical number! People will be transported back to Russia later this year when cult movie Anastasia will be transformed into a musical. The 1997 film will be adapted for the stage by Tony winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Mothers and Sons) and directed by Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder). And while it was announced a while ago that the musical would have its premiere run from May 12 to June 12 at the Hartford Stage, it has now been confirmed by Playbill that the show will transfer to an as of yet undetermined Shubert theatre in the 2016/2017 season.
Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia!) and Derek Klena (Bridges of Madison County) will star in the premiere, with Mary Beth Peil, John Boldon, and Monel Feliciano, among others, also joining the cast. According to Playbill, not only will the show include characters not shown in the movie, it will feature a song with lyrics written by Lynn Ahrens as well as six of the songs from the original film, which have been rewritten and reworked.
From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic and rousing story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century.
Now, let’s all go and listen to Once Upon A December.