Two 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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The musical Grand Hotel began life as "At The Grand" produced on the West Coast in 1958. With some new songs, a new book and a new name, it took Broadway by storm in 1989, running for 1,018 performances.