One step at a time, Anastasia is getting closer and closer to its Broadway debut.
The stage adaptation of the 1997 animated film of the same name and the Ingrid Bergman-starring 1956 production begins previews next month, and ahead of its big arrival, EW is excited to debut a new video of its leading lady singing one of the musical’s most famous songs.
Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia!), who stars as the story’s heroine, Anya, can be seen singing the Oscar-nominated tune “Journey to the Past,” accompanied by an impressively-sized orchestra at her alma mater, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The video doesn’t reveal any of the Broadway production’s sets or costumes, but Anastasia fans will recognize those opening notes anywhere — and it gives a sense of what theater-goers can expect from Altomare as Anya.
Anastasia, which is transferring to Broadway after a successful run in Hartford last year, sets its story during the final days of the Russian Empire and 1920s Paris, following Anya as she sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, she enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat, and together they embark on an adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
Joining Altomare in the production are Derek Klena (Dogfight) as the scrappy Dmitry; John Bolton (A Christmas Story: The Musical) as Dmitry’s pal Vlad Popov; Caroline O’Connor (Chicago) as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch; Mary Beth Peil (Nine) as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna; and Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables) as Gleb, a character new to the stage adaptation.
Anastasia is being directed by Tony-winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder) with a book by Terrence McNally (Master Class) and music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime), who wrote “Journey to the Past” for the original film. The musical will feature the movie’s best songs along with a brand new score.
Anya’s journey to the past begins when Anastasia opens in previews at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 23, ahead of an opening set for April 24. See Altomare’s performance above.