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TERRENCE McNALLY, BOOK
Recipient of the Dramatists Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Awards for his plays Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! and his musical librettos K iss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime and an Emmy Award for Andre’s Mother. In 1996 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. An anthology of his plays, T errence McN ally: A M emoir In Plays, was recently published by Grove Press. He has written the libretto for two operas, Deadman Walking and Great Scott, both with Jake Heggie. There was a celebration of his work at the Kennedy Center in 2010 including the world premiere of Golden Age. ANASTASIA is his third collaboration with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and his first with Darko Tresnjak.
LYNN AHRENS, LYRICIST
Recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award and two Grammy nominations for Broadway’s Ragtime. Nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for Twentieth Century Fox’s animated feature film ANASTASIA. Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015. Theater: Once On This Island, S eussical, A Man of N o Importance, Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones, My F avorite Y ear, L ucky S tiff, Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Rocky, Little Dancer. Film/TV: A Christmas Carol (NBC- TV), Camp (IFC Films), Schoolhouse Rock (ABC-TV). Honors: Emmy Award, Oliver Award, Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, Lilly Award. Council, Dramatists Guild of America, co-founder, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. Third show with Terrence McNally and thirty-plus years of collaboration with Stephen Flaherty.
STEPHEN FLAHERTY, COMPOSER
Stephen Flaherty composed the music for the Broadway shows Ragtime, Once On This Island, S eussical, Rocky, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Personals and My Favorite Year. Other musicals include: In Your Arms, Little Dancer, The Glorious Ones, Loving R epeating, Dessa Rose, A Man of N o Importance, Lucky S tiff. Awards for his work in the theater include the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier. He has been nominated for the Grammy three times. Film work includes Twentieth Century Fox’s ANASTASIA (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations.) Concert music: Carnegie Hall and others. Council, Dramatists Guild of America. Happy to be on this journey with Terrence McNally and Lynn Ahrens, his collaborator of thirty-plus years. Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015. AhrensAndFlaherty.com
When the Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna Romanov gives her beloved granddaughter Anastasia a music box, she has no idea it is the last time she will see her. As the musical ANASTASIA begins, Russia is on the verge of revolution. Time jumps from 1907 to 1927, and Anastasia’s family, the imperial Romanovs, fall victim to the tide of history. When the Dowager Empress receives the news that they have been put to death, she believes she has lost her entire family.
Russia is now firmly under the Bolshevik Communists’ rule, but the winters are still cold, the people are still hungry, and rumors have begun to surface that one Romanov daughter might have survived. Dmitry and Vlad, two opportunistic Russian con artists, attempt to find an impressionable girl to pass off as Anastasia to the Dowager Empress, who is offering a reward for her granddaughter’s safe return to Paris. Their patience is rewarded when they find Anya, a young woman suffering from amnesia, who has spent the past years traveling across Russia, from Perm to Odessa and finally to Saint Petersburg. Dmitry and Vlad begin to “teach” her what she needs to know. Striking similarities between Anya and Anastasia begin to surface. However, Anya’s activities have caught the notice of a rising Communist official, Gleb, whose father was involved in the murders of the Romanov family. Gleb wonders to himself if he could have pulled the trigger, but tells Anya—in no uncertain terms—that if she continues to pose as Anastasia, she will end up like the Romanovs. Anya, Vlad, and Dmitry escape Russia and Gleb’s reaches just in time, traveling through Poland, Germany, and more on the way to Paris.