The cast of Anastasia are about to become figures dancing gracefully across Broadway’s memory.
The musical, based on a 1997 animated film of the same name about the mystery of the missing Romanov princess who many believed survived the Bolshevik revolution, will play its final Broadway performance on March 31, producers announced Tuesday.
With a book by Terrence McNally and expanded music and lyrics from Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who also penned the film’s songs, Anastasia has had a successful two year run on Broadway, having opened on March 23, 2017. Upon closing, it will have played 808 regular performances and 34 previews at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre.
“Generations from now, people will continue to perform our beautiful musical about a strong young woman and its themes of Home, Love and Family,” said producer Tom Kirdahy. “We couldn’t be more proud.”
Anastasia’s journey (to the past) will continue even after it shutters on Broadway. The production is currently touring North America through March 2020. Several international productions, including engagements in Madrid, Spain and Stuttgart, Germany, are now playing, with the list of cities planning to expand to include locations in Holland, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and more.
“Anastasia will forever live in the hearts and minds of musical fans all over the world,” added producer Dan Hinde. “We are eager to continue Anya’s journey across the globe.”
Christy Altomare, who originated the role of Anya, will see the production through to its final performance, alongside other original cast member John Bolton. Cody Simpson, Constantine Germanacos, Vicki Lewis, and Penny Fuller round out the principal cast.
The production earned two Tony Award nominations in 2017. It follows the young orphan Anya from the streets of Soviet Russia to the lights and glamour of Jazz Age Paris as she attempts to uncover the mystery of the past, all the while falling for the conman who helps her along the way (partly for his own aims).