Is Anastasia Headed to the Stage?

Have you heard!? There’s a rumor…on Broadway? Yes Folks, while rumors of new Broadway shows seem to appear and fade as much as clouds in the sky, one Broadway rumor (And dream for some) has just gotten a bit more legit in the books for us! There is a new buzz on the streets of New York that the hit film Anastasia may be making it’s way to the stage not only in New York but soon Broadway.

Anastasia is a animated musical adventure drama film that first appeared in 1997. Anastasia is a movie based on the story is inspired by an urban legend which claimed that Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, in fact survived the execution of her family. The movie was directed and produced by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. All songs in the movie were written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The movie includes such hit songs as “A Rumor in St. Petersburg”, “Journey to the Past”, “Learn to Do It” and “Once Upon a December”.

Anastasia received positive acknowledgement all around from critics and the public alike. The hit movie even scored in its home country of Russia, despite the fact that the creators took major creative liberties in Russian history. The movie budget was low and with an overall success coming in, Anastasia scored at the box office big time. To date, Anastasia is the most successful movie from Don Bluth and Fox Animation Studios still in history. Many have claimed the movie had a “Disney” touch to it and even pointed out that it should get the stage treatment since it such a great musical at that. Well, it seems as though the call today has finally been answered. The rumor in St. Petersburg has headed to the streets of New York.

Luner on Theatre has learned new information that casting for a 29-hour reading of ANASTASIA – A New Musical, based off the hit 1997 film, is currently taking place. The new musical is in its earliest stages of development and is set to include five songs from the hit movie. There is also slated to be 15 new songs written for the stage production. However, for the time being that is the only news we know about the production itself as a whole.

Joining the already incredible team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, known for this wide variety of musicals such as Ragtime, Seussical and Once On This Island, will be book writer Terrence McNally and Ben Cohn to music direct the piece. Already signed on to work the upcoming reading of the new musical is Angela Lansbury (reprising her role from the film) and Aaron Lazar with other offers outstanding. Currently, the reading is scheduled for late July.

For the time being, this is all the news Luner on Theatre has on a potential stage life for Anastasia – A New Musical, based off the 1997 hit movie. 

Luner on Theatre will be sure to bring you any further news we discover about the reading of Anastasia – A New Musical, based off the hit 1997 movie. Luner on Theatre is just as excited as you are to see such a classic animated musical film be turned into a stage production we think could go places. Be sure to check back for more information. If you’d like to know more about Anastasia, click here. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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