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First Preview of Broadway-Bound ANASTASIA Canceled Due to Technical Problems

BroadwayWorld has just learned that the first preview of Broadway-bound ANASTASIA has been canceled due to technical problems. The show is still scheduled to open on Friday, May 27 and run through June 19, 2016.

Hartford Stage Managing Director Michael Stotts explains:

"Due to the complex technical requirements of Anastasia, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight's first preview performance. All patrons who have tickets are being notified and will be able to obtain seats for another performance. Given the large scope of all elements of design for this show, we want to ensure that we have adequate technical rehearsal time for the safety of our cast and crew prior to a public performance. Thank you for your understanding. We anticipate no further delays, and look forward to starting performances of this beautiful show on Friday."

ANASTASIA, which is inspired by the real life of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov and the enduring mystery of her true identity, reunites the Tony Award-winning writers of the Broadway classic Ragtime: book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, Tony Award-winner for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, will direct, and Peggy Hickey (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) will choreograph.

As previously announced, Christy Altomare will play Anya and Derek Klena will play Dmitry, the coveted romantic leads in ANASTASIA. Altomare's credits include Mamma Mia! on Broadway and 'Wendla' in the national tour of Spring Awakening. Klena's credits include The Bridges of Madison Countyand Wicked on Broadway.

The role of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna will be played by Mary Beth Peil, who was nominated for a Tony Award for The King and I and who is well-known to TV audiences as Grams on "Dawson's Creek" and as Jackie Florrick on "The Good Wife."

Manoel Felciano, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Sweeney Todd, will play Gleb.John Bolton will play Vlad, opposite Caroline O'Connor, who will play Lily. Bolton's numerous Broadway credits include Spamalot and Curtains. O'Connor's many credits in Australia, the West End, and Broadway include A Christmas Story: The Musical, Chicago and the film Moulin Rouge. The role of Young Anya will be played by the Chicago native Nicole Scimeca, whose credits include LES MISERABLES and, on television, "The Wizard of Lies," "Chicago Fire." Click here for the full ensemble and creative team.

From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic and rousing story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century. The new musical is inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures.

Now in its 52nd year, Hartford Stage is under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts. One of the nation's leading resident theaters, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 70 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak's appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Quiara Alegría Hudes' Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre's Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation's most prestigious awards, including the 1988 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger's Children; and Tea at Five.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage's offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, after-school programs and professional development courses.

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