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  Anastasia at Nederlander Theatre

Anastasia

Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph Chicago

From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that 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.

Thru - Apr 7, 2019



Price: $27-$123

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 800-775-2000

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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  Anastasia Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...The national tour, I'm happy to report, has been done right. One of the advantages of so much digital scenery is that they can bring it on the road - and they can't cut back the physical scenery all that much without having to reprogram everything. So you get the full Broadway experience."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...The snow whirls in lacy eddies in Russia; the trees are flush with effulgent masses of blooms in France; all of Europe races by, meadows rising up and receding as a skeleton trolley of a train rattles along; unfathomable wealth, summarized by ball gowns, jewels, and waltzes; the streets of Paris. If you're craving a Broadway musical as pretty as a pastry, Anastasia does the trick."
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Irene Hsiao


Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...This fascinating and heartfelt quasi-fairytale directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak splendidly shows the deep roots in the Russian history which propels Anastasia story into motion with the ruthless Soviet officer who is determined to honor his father command by killing all of the Romanovs. Anastasia, the journey from Russia to Paris is a treat for the family and a delightful story of survival and discovering who you are and defining who you’re meant to be."
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Rick and Brenda McCain


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...History, entertainment and true love are all on the stage of the Nederlander Theatre ( formerly the Oriental Theatre) as Broadway In Chicago presents "Anastasia". I wasn't sure what to expect as we took the almost 2 hour drive into the "loop". I had heard that the production was smooth, long and by one or two people who had seen it in New York, "boring". This is a story about a woman starts a journey to recover her past."
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Alan Bresloff


WTTW - Somewhat Recommended

"...But gorgeous eye candy is not nearly enough to compensate for a largely forgettable score, and for a slew of cartoonish characters whose personalities are only magnified by Darko Tresnjak’s misguided directorial choices and Peggy Hickey’s pedestrian choreography."
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Hedy Weiss


Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Broadway in Chicago’s latest National Tour is so perfect for family audiences, especially during what is probably Spring Break for most Chicago children. It’s a musical that brings to life another Disney princess, which the little girls in audience certainly enjoyed. The Cinderella story combines elements from “Fiddler on the Roof” with “Les Miserables” and “My Fair Lady.” With a gorgeous score, an exciting scenic/projections design, sumptuous costumes and a cast of gifted union performers bringing the story to life, this is one special, breathtaking production for all ages that shouldn’t be missed."
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Colin Douglas


Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...Director Darko Tresnjak seems to have gotten what he wanted out of the Flaherty-Ahrens score, McNally's book, and his talented and abundany cast of more than two dozen actors. His staging is abetted by Peggy Hickey's choreography, which shifts gears from elegant ballroom dancing to the "Swan Lake" ballet to excessively broad comedy. All in all, "Anastasia" is good but not great, with extra points for the truly amazing special effects and costumes."
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Dan Zeff


The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...ANASTASIA is definitely a looker. The costumes and projections are eye candy! Costume Designer Linda Cho stuns with international posh. At the Romanov Palace, Cho dresses the ensemble in winter white finery. The aristocrats are covered in sweeping gowns and capes lined in fur and jewels. Over in Paris, Cho goes from 1920s chic for a stroll down the promenade to elegant flapper for a sexy romp at the local club. Cho gives us a vibrant, evolving fashion show. Her showstopper is at the ballet. Cho dresses Coogan in an exquisite blue gown with intricate detailing on the back. Breathtakingly gorgeous! "
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Katy Walsh


Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Somewhat Recommended

"...What's holding it back? It could be the material itself. Stretching a 90-minute movie into a two-act musical may make things a little thin. Even though McNally does add some episodes that steer this family-oriented musical into some grisly territory, such turns feel like affectations at maturity when everything else is so broadly convivial, so - dare we say?-cartoonish. For their part, Ahrens and Flaherty have kept the good songs - "Journey to the Past" becomes the big Act One closer - and have made some worthy additions, particularly a mournful last goodbye to the motherland, "Stay, I Pray You" or said motherland's new anthem, "The Neva Flows." The rest is kind of filler."
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Patrick O'Brien


Chicago Theater and Arts - Recommended

"...It was an enthusiastic and appreciative, mostly female audience that packed Chicago's Nederlander Theater opening night. The book by Terrence McNally is expertly crafted to suit its intended audience of preadolescent girls who themselves are likely exploring their own future and place in the world."
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Jodie Jacobs


Picture This Post - Recommended

"...ANASTASIA would be a great fit for those who have an affinity for the original movie, any history buffs out there, and anyone who likes a good, old fashioned fairy tale."
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Alexis Bugajski


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