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West Randolph Street 24, Chicago, IL 60601


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Closed April 7, 2019

A SERIOUS HIT! Broadway's got a bright new star its name is Anastasia.


Why See Anastasia?

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Once Upon A December...

Take an incredible journey to the past as the critically acclaimed, Broadway production of Anastasia tours the country. Born from the pens of Obie and Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally and Tony-winning writing team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who ruled the Great White Way with their smash hit Ragtime, the musical draws on the score of the beloved animated film and includes the memorable melodies of Once Upon A December and Journey To The Past.

While it incorporates elements of the 20th Century Fox classic, this Anastasia avoids the film's more fantastical elements (gone are the talking bat and evil sorcerer Rasputin) in favor of a historically accurate version. Brand new songs are woven into a more nuanced narrative where common folk flee the Russian Revolution and are forced to settle into the new life under the Soviet Union. Amidst the peril of a changing regime, an orphan named Anya rises to embrace her destiny!

What is Anastasia About?

Orphaned at a young age and unable to remember her parents or family, feisty street sweeper Anya falls in with charismatic conmen Vlad and Dmitry who, seeing an opportunity they can't miss, train her in the ways of the aristocracy, in a style similar to Eliza in My Fair Lady. They have their sights set on Paris, where the Dowager Empress resides. Mother of the overthrown Tsar Nicholas II and one of the only surviving Romanovs after the Russian Revolution, the Dowager Empress holds out hope that her long-lost granddaughter Anastasia survived the terrible revolt.

Vlad and Dmitry, realizing Anya is the spitting image of Anastasia, convince her to sneak out of Russia with them to meet the Empress and claim their reward. Yet along their grand adventure, a budding romance blossoms between our heroine and the dashing young Dmitry, while the mystery of her birth unravels...

Did you know?

The tale of Anastasia is based on a rumour that circulated several years after the Russian Revolution. Although one woman claimed to be the lost princess, the truth has still not been discovered... could Anya have survived? 

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Additional Information


Opening night: 26 March 2019


May be inappropriate for ages 7 and under; children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre

Run time

Two hours and 25 minutes, including intermission

Cast and Creative


Veronica Stern as Anya
Willem Butler as Dmitry
Christian McQueen as Gleb
Gerri Weagraff as Dowagaer Empress
Byran Seastrom as Vlad
Madeline Raube as Countess Lily
Adriella Goncalves and Alexandrya Salazar as Little Anastasia

Ensemble and Swing 
Thalia Atallah, Zachary Bigelow, Louis Brogna, Amin Fuson, Lester Gonzalez, Rebecca Hartman, Kaitlyn Jackson, Zoie Lee, Brooklyn Libao, Alex Llyod, Danny Martin, Billy McGavin, Dominic Pagliaro, Luke Rands, Amy Smith, Sarah Statler and Lauren Teyke 


Directed by Darko Tresknak
Choreographed by Peggy Hickey
Written by Terrence McNally 
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens


2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design

2017 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
2017 Tony for Best Costume Design in a Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music

What we thought

Romantic enchanting BOLD

Anastasia leaves you with a profound message - you will never be recognized if you cannot recognize yourself and where you are from.

This is a review of the original Broadway production!

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Nicola Quinn

Nicola Quinn

What you thought

29 reviews, average rating: (3.1 Stars)

3.0 star rating

Michelle: “Beautiful musical, better than I expected”

The actress who played Anastasia had such a beautiful voice, and all the... more

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