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Anastasia at the Straz Center

Thanks to a wonderful partnership between the Tampa Bay Bloggers and the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, I receive two free tickets to see “Anastasia.” All opinions are my own.

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Last night I thoroughly enjoyed the opening night of “Anastasia” in Tampa, Florida! The North American tour of Broadway’s Anastasia started on October 9, 2018, and is playing in 30 cities in its first season. The magnificent production completely drew me in – I laughed, I cried, and I loved it!

ANASTASIA is a true fairy tale production that transports audiences from the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920s. A brave young woman – Anya – sets out to discover the mystery of her past. She teams up with a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat to find home, love, and family; all while being pursued by a Soviet officer determined to silence her. History and myth intertwine, in a show reminiscent of both ANNIE and MY FAIR LADY.

The show is carried by opulent and innovative sets, dazzling costumes (yes, there is a blue dress), and a soaring score. The show features an original score by Tony winners Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), who also wrote the songs for the 1997 animated film on which the stage musical is based. The stage production does include the songs “Once Upon a December” and “Journey to the Past.” The songs were plentiful and performed beautifully, and the audience gave the applause to show it!

“I think that right now, seeing a young woman take charge of her future is so current and relevant.”

Lila Coogan, playing Anya in the current touring production

Anastasia is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission. It is only showing in Tampa through May 12, 2019! The May 9, 7:30pm performance will be sign language interpreted. Get your tickets here.

View more photos on the show’s Facebook page here.

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