Saenger Theatre - New Orleans
Imagine if you will, the mighty Russian empire has slowly collapsed, all that’s left is the majestic opulence of the once powerful buildings, now set harshly against a rising soviet power. Contrast this to the heady euphoria of Paris! The freedom, the magic, the sparkling lights! The young Anna must make a perilous journey across Soviet Russia accompanied by her dashing lover and conman. Together they need to escape to France to discover her past all while being perused by ruthless Soviet officer determined to succeed where his father failed to kill her.
The stage production is written by four-time Tony award winner Terrence McNally the musical is loosely based on the 1997 film of the same name and directed by Tony award winning Darko Tresnjak, Anastasia’s music and lyrics written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty keeping six songs from the movie, but there are 16 new numbers. The musical also adds characters not in the film and omits the supernatural elements from the original film, including the character of Rasputin and his musical number, and introduces instead a new villain called Gleb, a general for the Bolsheviks who receives orders to kill Anya. With choreography by the MTV award winning Peggy Hickey and the astonishing scenery created by Alexander Dodge, the costume design by the Tony award winning Linda Cho.
Anastasia won 6 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Projection Design, In 2017 Anastasia won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Projection Design with a total of 38 nominations!