Anastasia the Musical
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Barbara C
Estes Park, CO22 contributions
Aug 2019
I saw this production in Denver at the Buell Theatre. The set was brilliant, offering quick scene changes and wonderful color schemes. The special effects were well executed with just the right amount of drama to convey what was happening inside and outside the palace, yet not dwell on the horrors of the revolution. The music was quite enjoyable, and although I didn't come away humming any particular melody as I can often do with a musical, the music was very well suited to the storyline and the action on stage. The script was historically accurate, too.
Written March 11, 2020
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lisaeI6934HR
Fairfax14 contributions
Jun 2018
My adult daughter and I went to see Anastasia on Broadway. We expected the story from the movie when she was a kid. This is NOT a young child appropriate show. It was dark and showed communists pointing guns at children. We watched parents with elementary aged children squirming in frustration, covering their eyes and were mortified. Having said that we enjoyed the show as a historical piece that showed the devastation caused by the Russian Revolution. The music was wonderful and the acting terrific.
Written June 17, 2018
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LynseyGr
Manchester, UK64 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Wow! This show is fantastic, the costumes, staging and performers were amazing! I loved it!
However, just as a pre warning to anyone, we booked these tickets last minute online using tele charge whilst we were in New York. We found tickets for the Box seats on the right side, front box D, seats 1-2 (you can fit 4 seats in a balcony). These seemed like great seats and they were not cheap, so we assumed they would be great value for money, during purchase it did not say anywhere that these seats would be restricted view, we really wanted to see the show so we went ahead and purchased them.

Following the purchase I received an email on the day of the show to say that "the box seats contain moveable chairs on the EXTREME sides of the theatre", it stated that the majority of the action happens on the centre of the stage but we would miss several minutes of action throughout the performance.
Talk about an understatement, when we arrived our seats were in position so that 2 other people could join us in the box and sit behind, we could not move the seats without removing the other chairs, this was obviously not possible as other people needed to share the box with us. One of our seats included a lovely view of a very large black speaker that blocked around 80% of the stage, including the middle! So not only were several minutes of the show not visible, it was most of the show!

Avoid these seats at all costs, luckily we ended up being the only 2 in the box so we had to move our seats one behind the other right over to the very left hand side of the box, practically hanging over the edge to even see the middle.
So beware as they only tell you this information after you have ordered and paid for the tickets!
Written May 13, 2017
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Tailin
Monroe, NY5 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
I was severely disappointed by the stage reinterpretation of the excellent Fox animated film from 1997. My expectations going in were high. Having experienced the excellent stage productions of the Lion King and Aladdin, I was anticipating an excellent adaptation. The advertising had heavily emphasized the classic score, furthering my belief that this would be a nostalgic experience. I feel this is purposeful deception and a misrepresentation of what the play actually is.

For the first few moments of the play I kept waiting to see the eerie green light of the necromantic Rasputin but quickly understood that this play was not going to be the faithful adaptation I’d been expecting. For some reason, the screenplay abandons all elements of magic and mysticism in favor of a more realistic but infinitely less interesting antagonist in the form of the Bolshevik government. There would be no animated Pegasus battle on a collapsing bridge to look forward to. No vortex of demonic spirits to assault Rasputin when Anastasia gains the upper hand. Instead, there would be Gleb, a Russian soldier as uninteresting as his name implies working through his unresolved daddy issues.

Even setting aside the massive disappointment of half of the animated film’s plot being tossed out the window, the play suffered for a number of other issues. The first is that the play features 16 new songs which is far too many. Most of the dialogue serves as a bridge from song to song and those songs, while fine on their own, don’t do anything to move the plot forward (like the numbers in Wicked for example) and quickly gain the feeling of “filler” to pad out the play’s runtime. Another issue with the new songs is that several feature sections of counterpoint but the different parts compete with each other and make it hard to understand anything that is being sung.

From the very beginning I was struck by how the performers seemed to be focused more on the audience than on the other characters on stage. I know that’s fairly common but it seemed to be much more present here. The frequent musical numbers hide much of this but when the orchestra drops away and the dialogue begins again, it’s off-putting. I thought it was just me at first but others around me noticed as well.

The set and A/V design for Anastasia is superb, with 3 rotating floor sections allowing for incredible scene changes. Multiple dazzling screens help complete the illusion as the stage transforms from a palace, to an office, to the streets of St. Petersburg seamlessly. The excellence of the technology exhibited only makes it more disappointing however. I can easily picture the screens depicting menacing green demons harassing the protagonists across the stage. The left and right turntables swivel to reveal a massive Pegasus puppet battling Dimitri on one side while Anastasia grapples with Rasputin on the other. Ultimately Rasputin’s source of magic is shattered by the heroine and a whirlwind of demons erupts across the massive backdrop screen to finish off the villain.

All things considered, at best I can say the play was just OK. The new songs were decent and the cast serviceable but with ticket prices as high as they are for this show, you’re really better off giving it a pass and treating yourself to the animated version of the tale instead.
Written June 17, 2018
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Alena B.
Charlotte, NC1 contribution
Nov 2018 • Friends
The show was exquisite. However, my issue is not about the show itself. Unfortunately, my experince at a show on November 28 2 pm was ruined by a very rude bar manager Jason.

When i tried to get a bottle of water in the intermission, it was about 7 minutes left till the second act, he refused me in a rudest way.

Jason, the bar manager told me in a abrupt and condenscending tone, as if something I asked was inappropriate: “the bar is closed, the show is about to start.” And it was still 7 minutes till the beginning of the show. I was surprised at a mean demenour at such a tasteful venue, and tried again and I asked ( politely again): can I just get a bottle of water for cash? (Seeing some bottles at the reach of his hand, knowing it would not take nore than 10 seconds literally to perform this transaction). And he responded with even more condensending tone of voice, “No! You can’t get anything. That’s what “the bar is closed” means.
I was shocked and felt like this should not be happening at a theatre and a classy environment.
Therefore, I felt I had to tell him: “You don’t have to be so rude to your customers”
To which Jason responded that if I would like to be escorted out of show by security, he can arrange that.
That was so insulting.
I then proceeded downstairs to use a bathroom (now it was about 5 minutes before the show), and I saw a second bar there. I asked a female bartender there whether I could get a bottle of water for cash, since I just grabbed a $5 bill with me. She said “Sure, it’s $6”. I thanked her and said that I didn’t have enough. When I exited the bathroom, I walked past this bar downstairs again, there was Jason standing there - he must have ran down downstairs to tell his coworker not to sell me anything. Seeing me he said to his co-worker nodding in my direction: “There she is” to which the second bartender responded: “She did not have enough money anyway”, and he said: “That’s funny”

I feel like this should not be happening at venues like this, and theatres should be picking out staff that is more friendly and polite.

Thank you for taking your time to read my review.
Written November 29, 2018
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catmdino
Midlothian, VA43 contributions
Jan 2019
I had an amazing time seeing Anastasia the Musical. I grew up with the movie, and though not made by Disney, the music and characters were amazing. The musical was slightly different and had a slightly different story (which I will not give away), but I really enjoyed it and I thought it brought a good historical aspect surrounding Russian History. The sets were beautiful and the music was amazing. Anyone who loved the movie should definitely see the play.
Written May 22, 2019
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LouisM565
New York City, NY606 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
In Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1917 Princess Anastasia escapes an invasion of the palace by the Bolsheviks. 10 years later two con artists (Dmitry and an ex-member of the Imperial Court named Vlad Popov) search for an imposter who they intend to groom to become Anastasia in order to extract the reward being offered by her family who now reside in France. During their auditioning Anya wanders in. The con artists are amazed by her resemblance to Anastasia and are excited that she has a memory loss. She is chosen to play Anastasia, and the trio proceeds to France. Anya is indeed Anastasia; the con artists refuse the reward particularly because Dimtry is in love with Anastasia.

One leaves the theatre not knowing if the story is fact or fiction, the songs were breathtaking, the singing was magnificent, the set designs were of the highest standard and the transition of them was seamless, the costumes were exquisite and perfect for the time period. Anastasia is a wonderful show that kept my attention throughout.

We saw Anastasia performed by a touring group. Their performance was comparable to that of Broadway. Many in the troop had Broadway experience.
Written May 16, 2019
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HappyHikerGirl
Madison, NJ496 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
STORY: Do you know the animated film Anastasia? Well, if you loved that story, you will enjoy the Broadway show. There are slight variations to the story - instead of Rasputin we have a Russian solider as the antagonist. There are new songs, but the story line is generally the same. I went with a friend who also grew up loving the animated film. For late 30s-early 40s ladies, we LOVED IT :-P I was surprised there weren't more children in the audience.

SEATS: We sat in Orchestra: Row E, seats 107 & 108. Great seats. Also, the show is generally less expensive than other Broadway shows.

SET: I wasn't enamored with the digitized sets. One of the reasons I love Broadway shows are the elaborate sets. The second half of the show has more sets, but I am not a fan of projecting images on a screen... That's just me...
Written September 3, 2018
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Laura G
Greenville, SC35 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
My 13 year old daughter chose Anastasia for us to see while we were in the city. We live in the south so we don’t often get to go the theater on Broadway. I second guessed or doubted her choice thinking that there were other shows we should see. I was pleasantly surprised at how great the show was. My seventeen year old son and my eighteen year old nephew loved the show as well. The story line was logical and easy to follow. The music was beautiful. The actors were stellar. The set had a digital background which I thought was super cool especially for the train scene and Paris scene. We had a lovely evening. What a great show!
Written August 27, 2018
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Tobs_BP
Cebu City, Philippines23 contributions
Aug 2017
I booked my tickets 2 months ahead. I took a seat near the front. Once i arrived, I realized that the broadhurst theater wasn’t that big, so balcony tickets would have been better. the cartoon version has a sentimental value for me, thats why I love Anastasia very much. I was expecting a bit more from the plot though. I now understand why they werent nominated for best musical. They made it very kid friendly which may or may not please you. Great costumes but opening act was a bit underwhelming (sorry). More inportantly, the actors were amazing!!!!!!! (As always) . I think this musical would appeal kids to young adults. Elderlies, maybe not so much.

Overall, it was the highlight of my NY visit. I’ve seen a lot of musicals so I can say that it’s not my ultimate favorite, but worth your money. You’ll enjoy it.
Written July 25, 2018
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