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Following a two-year run on Broadway, Anastasia will play its final performance at the end of March. Inspired by the 1997 Fox animated film, the musical will have played over 800 shows at the Broadhurst Theatre in Manhattan.
Featuring a book by playwright Terence McNally, a score from Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, the production of Anastasia was helmed by director Darko Tresnjak (all four are Tony Award winners). The current company of actors includes original lead Christy Altomare in the title role of Anya, with Cody Simpson, John Bolton, Vicki Lewis, Penny Fuller and Constantine Germanacos playing the supporting characters.
Speaking about the lasting impact of the story, producer Tom Kirdahy said in a statement, “Generations from now, people will continue to perform our beautiful musical about a strong young woman and its themes of home, love and family.”
The musical has grossed $87.5 million to date on Broadway but has not yet announced recoupment of its capitalization, which was reported as $15 million. Producers clearly are hoping that the extensive touring plans will bring them closer to profit.
Anastasia’s national tour, currently in San Antonio, Texas, is playing across the country through March 2020, while international productions are running in Spain and Germany. A number of other foreign markets, including Holland, Australia, Korea, Japan and Mexico, have plans underway to produce the musical.
Tickets for the remaining Broadway shows, through March 31, are available via the Broadway Concierge.
Fans can rejoice in the news that the show will be performed as part of the Pantages and Dolby Theaters’ “Broadway in Hollywood” season Oct. 8-27.
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Jeriana San Juan