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Original Star Mary Beth Peil Will Journey to Broadway in ANASTASIA


AnastasiaJust announced, Mary Beth Peil will star in the role of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna in the new Broadway musical Anastasia, opening on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). Peil originated the role in the world premiere production at Hartford Stage.

She joins previously announced costars Christy Altomare as Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry, John Bolton as Vlad Popov, Ramin Karimloo as Gleb, and Caroline O'Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch. Full casting will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for Anastasia will go on sale to the general public beginning tomorrow, October 7, 2016 at 10am EST.

The new musical reunites the Tony Award-winning writers of the Broadway classic Ragtime: book writer Terrence McNally, composer Stephen Flaherty, and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. Anastasia features direction by Darko Tresnjak, Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

The creative team also includes Peggy Hickey (Choreography), Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Thomas Murray (Music Supervision & Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA. Eric Cornell (Rocky, Small Mouth Sounds) serves as Executive Producer.

The musical recently completed a sold-out, record breaking world premiere engagement at Hartford Stage in CT.

From the creators of the Broadway classic RAGTIME comes a new musical about a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past, Anastasia.

Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures, Anastasia is a romantic, adventure-filled musical that takes audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, all set to a lush score from the Tony Award®-winning team of Terrence McNally (book), Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Darko Tresnjak, a Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, helms the production.

ANASTASIA features beloved songs from the 1997 film, including Ahrens and Flaherty's Oscar-nominated "Journey to the Past," as well as an entirely new score from the Tony Award-winning team.

Mary Beth Peil (Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna) is appearing on Broadway this season opposite Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber in the Donmar Warehouse production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses directed by Josie Rourke. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Visit, Follies, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sunday in the Park with George, Nine (Outer Critics Circle nomination), and The King and I opposite Yul Brynner (Tony Award nomination). Her Off-Broadway credits include Dying For It, The Threepenny Opera, The Room, Frame 312 & Missing Persons (Obie Award) at Atlantic Theatre; A Cheever Evening & Later Life at Playwrights Horizon; Sylvia at Manhattan Theatre Club; Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop. Her regional credits include Anastasia at Hartford Stage; His Girl Friday & The Third Story at La Jolla Playhouse; 33 Variations (Helen Hayes nomination) & A Month in the Country at Arena Stage; M Proust (Jefferson nomination) at About Face Theater; The Cocktail Hour at Long Wharf; Lucky Duck at The Old Globe; Triumph of Love & Hay Fever at Yale Rep; The Naked Eye at A.R.T.; Hamlet at The Huntington. Her film credits include Mirrors, Flags of Our Fathers, The Stepford Wives 2, The Odd Couple 2. On television she has appeared on "The Good Wife," "Dawson's Creek," "The Fringe," "The Reagans," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU." Mary Beth attended Northwestern University.

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