ANASTASIA

Last summer I came across the musical ANASTASIA through reading „The Stage“ and as a disney-girl, I felt like I need to see it. So when I went to NY, I made sure I had a ticket in my pocket. The Broadhurst Theatre was cozier then I would have expected and probably one of the smallest musical locations I have been to. (So in the break: you have to decide if you want to go to the restroom or buying snacks.) Leaving the location aside, the turnable set worked really well and made quick set changes visually intriguing. Especially following the main characters on their trip from Russia to Paris, was really exciting and the projected map in the background worked really well.

I am definitely less excited about the costumes. Even so the cuts of the pattern worked timewise, the modern fabric ruined the suspension of disbelief. Furthermore, I felt it was quite difficult to read the characters traits from their costumes and their relationship to each other.

Nevertheless, the actors took the audience on an emotional journey following young Anastasia regaining her memories and becoming a princess. When Dmitri hesitated to kiss her and bowed instead, the crowd first moaned in protest and then sweeped from their feet.

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