North American Tour of Anastasia Musical Welcomes New Cast Members August 23 | Playbill

National Tour News North American Tour of Anastasia Musical Welcomes New Cast Members August 23

The non-Equity tour is currently playing Boston's Citizens Bank Opera House.

Veronica Stern, Willem Butler, and Ben Edquist

The North American tour of the 2017 Broadway musical Anastasia, which launched at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut, in October 2021, welcomes several new cast members beginning August 23 at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston, Massachusetts.

Joining the non-Equity production are Veronica Stern as Anya, Willem Butler as Dmitry, Ben Edquist as Gleb, and Leela Chopra and Alexandrya Salazar, who alternate in the role of Little Anastasia. Continuing with the tour are Gerri Weagraff as Dowager Empress, Bryan Seastrom as Vlad, and Madeline Raube as Countess Lily.

The ensemble includes Thalia Atallah, Lance Timothy Barker, Zachary Bigelow, William Aaron Bishop, Louis Brogna, Amin Fuson, Rebecca Hartman, Kaitlyn Jackson, Brooklyn Libao, Alec Lloyd, Victoria Madden, Billy McGavin, Lathan A. Roberts, Amy Smith, Sarah Statler, Lauren Teyke, and Aidan Ziegler-Hansen.

Sarah Hartman directs the tour based on original direction by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak.

The stage adaptation expands upon the 1997 animated musical film featuring a score by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Ahrens and Flaherty, who were nominated for the Academy Award for the film's anthem, “Journey to the Past,” expanded their score for the Broadway premiere, which has a book by the late, Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. The three had previously collaborated on the hit Broadway musical Ragtime.

The creative team also includes original choreographer Peggy Hickey, choreographer Bill Burns, set designer Alexander Dodge, costume designer Linda Cho, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Peter Hylenski, projection designer Aaron Rhyne, hair and wig designer Charles G. LaPointe, makeup designer Joe Dulude II, music supervisor Tom Murray, music director Jeremy Lyons, orchestrator Doug Besterman, and dance arranger David Chase with casting by Jason Styres.

The musical originally launched its national tour in October 2018 in Schenectady, New York. Click here for the current itinerary.

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