Once upon a
December March, I saw Anastasia on Broadway.
I was aware of the history of the real Anastasia, of course, but I had never seen the animated movie. So I was excited to see how the story was conveyed in the musical adaptation, and wondered how it could be anything but depressing.
It turns out it wasn’t a depressing show at all. Without giving too much away, after hearing a rumor that Anastasia is still alive, her grandmother offers a reward for her safe return. Two schemers want the money and find a girl on the street who looks a lot like Anastasia would have at that age. To fool the grandmother, they begin training the girl on how to behave like royal. The twist? This girl has memories only the real Anastasia would have, and the schemers begin to wonder whether or not they have actually found the real deal.
I really enjoyed watching this musical. The costumes are spectacular, and even as an adult I want to play dress up in Anastasia’s dresses!
Plus the set is phenomenal, the most impressive aspect being a moving train that rotates around the stage as the characters move.
With the beautiful costumes and elaborate set I found myself drawn into the story, eagerly waiting to see what happened next. I won’t give the ending away, although since it began as an animated story for children you can imagine it must finish on a happy note.
Although it’s not as spectacular as some musicals I’ve seen on Broadway, I do recommend Anastasia and think you’ll enjoy it.
And because the brutal murder of the Romanov family is glossed over (you merely hear the grandmother on the phone asking “all of them?!”) it’s still appropriate for younger audiences. However there are references to the murder, and an ancillary character is shot, so don’t bring very young children.
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It’s a beautiful journey to the past.