- Anya (musical)
caption= Original cast recording]
music= Robert Wright
lyrics= Robert Wright
basis= Marcelle Maurette's play "
Anastasia" and "Anastasia" 1956 film
Based on Bolton's 1954 English adaptation of Marcelle Maurette's play "Anastasia" and the subsequent 1956 film adaptation of the same name, it focuses on Anya who, when discovered in a
Berlin psychiatricfacility in 1925 by taxi driver Bounine, a former Cossackgeneral in Czarist Russia, claims to be Anastasia, the supposedly murdered youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II.
A number of
fictional elements, including a romantic triangle involving Anya, Bounine, and his mistress Genia and the addition of a comical character, café proprietor Katrina, weakened the plot of the true story. It also continued to perpetuate the notion that the Dowager Empress had met Anya in real life, when in fact the two never crossed paths.
After sixteen previews, the Broadway production, directed by Abbott and
choreographedby Hanya Holm, opened on November 29 1965at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Denounced as an old-fashioned operettaby the critics, it closed after only 16 performances, the last production to be presented in the historic venue, which had housed the original " Show Boat" in 1927.
The cast included
Constance Towersas Anya, Michael Kermoyan as Bounine, Karen Shepard as Genia, Irra Petinaas Katrina, and Lillian Gishas the Dowager Empress. Supporting roles were played by George S. Irvingand John Michael King.
The production was nominated for the
Tony Awardfor Best Scenic Design. An original cast recording was released by United Artists Records.
*A Song from Somewhere
*Snowflakes and Sweethearts (The Snowbird Song)
*On That Day
*Hand in Hand
*This Is My Kind of Love
*On That Day (Reprise);Act II
*A Quiet Land
*Here Tonight, Tomorrow Where?
*Leben Sie Wohl
*If This Is Goodbye
*All Hail The Empress
"Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops" by
Ken Mandelbaum, published by St. Martin's Press(1991), pages 235-36 (ISBN 0-312-06428-4)
* [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?id=3267 Internet Broadway Database listing]
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