Dallas Theater Review: ‘Anastasia’

Review by Monique Thompson

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Adapted from the 1997 animated film of the same name, Anastasia the musical is about a young girl named Anya that enlists the help of two conmen on a quest to find out if there’s a connection between her and a royal Russian family.

ANASTASIA is one of those musicals that has a very large narrative scope. At times some of the music numbers last entirely too long which quickly results in a loss to retain the audience’s attention.

If you’ve saw some fairy-tale musicals before, you’re definitely not missing anything. ANASTASIA is decent, but there’s definitely others out there that are a bit more spectacular than this one.

On the up side, the set design and transition projections are excellent and surely the saving grace. Additionally, the wardrobe designs are all amazing and steal the show.

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