Artwork Released For World Premiere Of Anastasia

532906_10151442556184130_366032421_nOne of the nation’s leading regional theaters is preparing to mount an epic world premiere in 2016! Many animated films have made their way from the screen to the stage with a new life in musical theatre. Disney, obviously, leads the charge here with many of their classics such as Aladdin, The Lion King, Little Mermaid, Tarzan and countless others still in the works coming to life on stage years or decades after they first premiered. Next up is a non-Disney related animated film but one with still a large following and fan club attached to its story. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you an exciting first look at the artwork for upcoming World Premiere of Anastasia!

darko-tresnjakHartford Stage is set to present the world premiere of Anastasia, based on the 1997 animated film of the same title, later this season. The musical is being developed by one of Broadway’s most beloved writing teams, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The two penned the music for the 1997 film as well. Tony Award winner Terrance McNally will pen the book for the stage production. The premiere will occur at Hartford Stage where Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (Pictured Above Right) is the artistic director. Tresnjak has worked alongside the writing team for the past two-three years to develop the production for the stage. The production received a reading in New York City this past June and is being brought to the stage through Stage Entertainment. The musical will run at Hartford Stage from May 12th through June 12th, 2016. 

Take a First Look at the Official Artwork for the Anastasia’s World Premiere:


At this time, no life beyond the Hartford Stage for Anastasia has been announced. However, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder also premiered at Hartford Stage as a part of its pre-Broadway regional tryout. Tresnjak directed that production that went on to become Broadway’s “little show that could” playing 905 regular performances and 30 previews with no major stars and an extremely long title. The show was nominated for nine Tony Awards and went on to win four including Best Musical and a Tony for Tresnjak’s direction. It is not stated anywhere the Hartford run of Anastasia is a pre-Broadway tryout.

86584Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Pictured Left)are no strangers to the musical theatre world having created some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals including Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical, My Favorite Year and A Man Of No Importance. Most recently, they premiered Little Dancer regionally in 2014 and Rocky on Broadway in 2012. For their work on Anastasia almost two decades ago, were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score as well as an Academy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Journey To The Past”. McNally has worked with the pair many times before including penning books for their productions of Ragtime, A Man Of No Important And Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.

MV5BMTYwNTA4NzY1N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODE1NzM5._V1_SX214_AL_Luner Lowdown: I am incredibly excited for the world premiere of Anastasia to come to the stage finally in 2016! What beautiful artwork has been created to usher this classic to the stage in a musical adaptation! An animated film, many confuse for belonging to Disney, Anastasia was right alongside favorites such as Aladdin, The Lion King or The Little Mermaid in what was the golden age of animation in the late 1980’s through the early 200’s. The production has assembled quite an all-star team to bring it life on stage and we can’t wait to see what new storylines and characters the stage production includes. We should also note we are huge fans of Aherns and Flaherty and can’t wait to hear this score, with added music, brought to actual life in a theatre at last.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Anastasia heads to the stage in 2016 to make its world premiere at Hartford Stage! We’re looking forward to learning more about this production’s debut on stage as well as it’s life beyond that! For more information, visit Hartford Stage’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) 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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