2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
1991 Revised Version
Few mysteries continue to fascinate the world like that of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the last surviving daughter of the Russian Imperial family murdered during the Russian Revolution (witness the recent animated hit film “Anastasia”).
Now the Anastasia story sings again in this chamber musical featuring the lush melodies of famed Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, courtesy of “Kismet’s” masters of musical adaptation, Robert Wright and George Forrest.
In 1926, a former Cossack general finds Anna Nielsen, a mental patient who claims to be Anastasia. With some co-conspirators, he coaches her so he can pass her off as the real princess – and make a tidy sum. But as Anna's memory returns, his accomplices begin to wonder if she isn't indeed the actual princess.
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Broadway musicals come from “operetta,” which were introduced to New York in the early twentieth century by European composers.