Anastasia (Musical) Details
Based on the beloved 1997 animated movie of the same name, Anastasia is everything the movie was and so much more. While the essence of the original is still woven through the entire show, there are some major changes to Anastasia that prove the movie we all loved growing up has grown up in the most wonderful of ways. The silly and melodramatic evil villain Rasputin is replaced by a new antagonist rooted in the reality of Russia’s new political regime during the fall of the Romanov family. Departed from the almost fairytale quality of the movie, Anastasia’s writers portrayed her with a more realistic and historically accurate representation of the era. Though the mystery surrounding the fate of Anya Romanov was never solved, Anastasia does a phenomenal job of exploring the possibilities, including the treatment of Gleb, who replaces Rasputin. Driven to rise in the Communist military and quickly rising through the ranks, this new villain lends a bit of realism with a complicated man who is torn between his duty to his country and his love for his family. Even with the changes to the old movie, the prevailing spirit and light of Anastasia still shines through. Fans will be delighted to hear the old favorites like “Once Upon a December” and “Journey to the Past”. All in all the stage adaptation is the musical fans of Anastasia have been waiting twenty years for, and it was well-worth the wait. This is Anastasia’s first time in Los Angeles and tickets are expected to go fast.
Built by vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages, the Pantages Theatre was opened in the summer of 1930. The façade features a palatial Art Deco style and was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca. With enough seating for over 2,700 guests, the Pantages Theatre has hosted Broadway musicals like Disney’s The Lion King and Wicked. As one of Los Angeles’ leading venues for live theatre, the Pantages Theatre owns the distinction of hosting the shows that had the five highest-grossing weeks in Los Angeles’ theatrical history. It has also been a popular location for filming TV, movies, and music videos, including Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. In 2000 the theatre underwent a $10 million restoration and the Pantages Theatre is designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Anastasia the musical has received dozens of award nominations in its short time on the stage. The show won six Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Choreography all in 2016. Anastasia also won a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award in 2017, both for Outstanding Projection Design (Aaron Rhyne).
How much does it cost to see Anastasia in Los Angeles?
Tickets to see Anastasia in Los Angeles average around $126 per person.
Anastasia in Los Angeles dates
Anastasia is playing in Los Angeles from October 8 through October 27, 2019. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Sunday, Anastasia shows at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m..