“A serious hit! Broadway’s got a bright new star – its name is Anastasia”
“Fantastical, intelligent, well-crafted, and exhilarating, Anastasia deserves a coronation!”
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A musical about a Romanov pretender that could have been a retread of earlier movie versions instead is full of surprises.
NY Observer
“One of the most gorgeous shows in years! Luscious, lavish, and a joy that leaves you cheering.”
“A big, wonderful Broadway musical with plenty of charms to thrill the audience”
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“Director Darko Tresnjak takes a filmic approach to the material, and it moves from scene to scene quite seamlessly. A huge nod to the contributions of the designers: the costumes are exquisite - right out of the movie; and the three-dimensional projections by Aaron Rhyne resplendently eye-popping.”
“A sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic that piles discovery upon discovery”
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“As Anastasia piles discovery upon discovery, the happiest surprise is how consistently good the musical turns out to be. Smartly adapted by Terrence McNally from the 1997 animated film and the 1956 Ingrid Bergman movie—with Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens impressively expanding their score from the former—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. (When I saw it, a second-act kiss was greeted with deafening shrieks of approval.)”
“Sparkling, lushly orchestrated and delightful”
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“This lushly orchestrated, gently delightful musical, directed by Darko Tresnjak, takes the view that the famous daughter of the Romanovs did survive the massacre of the Russian imperial family at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1918, and—having fallen in with a loveable conman and louche aristocrat—sets off for Paris to prove her identity to her surviving grandmother.”
“An irresistible and sumptuous fairy tale!”
The Hollywood Reporter
“Captivating, beautifully staged and emotionally vital”

Awards and nominations

  • Tony Awards
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
  • Tony Awards
    Best Costume Design
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Projection Design-WINNER
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Book of a Musical
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Music
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Costume Design
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Actress in a Musical
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Musical
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Orchestrations
  • Drama Desk Awards
    Outstanding Sound Design


A thrilling story of lost identity, love and betrayal set in post-revolutionary Russia opens on Broadway.

In the palace of St Petersburg, the young Grand Duchess Anastasia says a tearful farewell to her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorvna, who is leaving for Paris. But the bloody Bolshevik revolution 10 years later tears apart their plans to be reunited in France when Anastasia grows up.

Another decade on, rumours surface that Anastasia was the only member of the Romanov family to survive execution. Two conmen, Dmitri and Vlad, decide to mould a young girl to impersonate her in the hope of extracting money from the Dowager Empress. The girl they choose is Anya, an amnesiac with few memories of her past but who bears a striking resemblance to the missing princess. It is the start of a dangerous adventure for the young girl who uncovers both love and deceit as she goes in search of her true identity.

This original production, with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and words by Terrence McNally, is based on the 1997 film of the same name.

Anastasia premièred at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut in May 2016 and won seven prestigious Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. It has been nominated for nine Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Christy Altomare), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Mary Beth Peil), Outstanding Music (Flaherty), Outstanding Book of a Musical (McNally), and Outstanding Costume Design (Linda Cho). It has also been nominated for 13 Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards and has just been recognised with two Tony awards nominations (Peil for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Cho for Best Costume Design).