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‘Anastasia’ Musical Aims for Broadway Next Season

Anastasia,” the new musical inspired by 20th Century Fox’s 1997 animated film, has made its Broadway intentions plain, with producers announcing a plan to arrive in New York during the 2016-17 season at a Shubert Organization theater.

The show, bowing at Hartford Stage in a run that begins May 12, already looked like a sure candidate for Broadway given the team of creatives involved. Broadway veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime,” “Once On This Island,” “Rocky”) provide the score, which encompasses songs they composed for the film as well as original material. Frequent collaborator Terrence McNally (“Ragtime”) pens the book.

Director Darko Tresnjak, also the artistic director of Hartford Stage, was last on Broadway with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which earned him a Tony. Choreographer Peggy Hickey also is an alum of “Gentleman’s Guide.”

Anastasia” follows the story of the lost daughter of the last emperor of Russia, tracing her journey from the final days of the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920s. Christy Altomare and Derek Klena star in the Hartford production.

No exact dates or venue have yet been set for the New York run of “Anastasia,” to be produced by Stage Entertainment USA (“Sister Act,” “Rocky”) and Tim Kirdahy (“It’s Only a Play”).

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