‘Anastasia’ Gets Closer To Broadway.
Love this film. Bartok and Rasputin on stage will be interesting.
Anastasia, a new stage adaptation of the 1997 animated musical film, got a private industry reading in Manhattan the week of July 23, a spokesperson for Stage Entertainment confirmed.
The 29-hour reading featured Kelli Barrett (The Royal Family, Baby It’s You!) in the title role of the lost Russian princess who — at least in the kid-friendly film that fictionalizes history — apparently survived the 1918 assassination of the royal Romanov family, which included Czar Nicholas II, his wife and five children.
Without a memory and now a young woman, Anastasia takes a “Journey to the Past” to seek her identity — her sense of “home, love, family,” as Ahrens’ lyric goes in movie. Ahrens and Flaherty have returned to the tale to expand their score for the stage version, which has a book by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!).
I think the 29 hour staged reading was a misprint. Well, bloody well hope so.