“Anastasia” Original Broadway Cast Recording Review

It is finally here! The “Anastasia” Broadway cast recording is out after months of anticipation. 90’s and early 2000 kids can now rejoice and go on a journey to the past.

The Broadway adaption of “Anastasia” is based on the 1997 animated film of the same name. The soundtrack includes original songs made for the stage version. Among new music are the classics such as, “Once Upon a December” and “Journey to the Past” from the movie.

The original cast recording features Christy Altomare as Anastasia/Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry and Mary Beth Peil as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. The album also includes John Bolton as Vlad and Ramin Karimloo as Gleb, a new character replacing Rasputin from the 1997 film.

Christy Altomare’s voice is phenomenal. She does Liz Calloway justice, especially in “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December.” The new song, “In My Dreams” is fantastic and Altomare put so much emotion into the recording.

Derek Klena has a very impressive vocal range and sounds almost exactly like John Dokuchitz (singing voice for Dmitry in film). Klena’s voice really shines in the new songs, “In a Crowd of Thousands” and “My Petersburg.”

One of the most popular villain songs, “In the Dark of the Night” is not included in the Broadway cast album. However, the new song, “Still” is hauntingly beautiful and Ramin Karimloo nailed it. He put a lot of emotion into “The Neva Flows” and he really showed  his vocal power in “Still/The Neva Flows (Reprise).”

Mary Beth Peil’s solo, “Close the Door,” is heartbreakingly beautiful. Unfortunately, she only sang a few songs on the soundtrack, but that does not take away how wonderful her voice is. John Bolton did a fantastic job with the recording as well. His voice shines in every song he sang on the album.

The new songs are amazing and the few from the film did not let me down. The cast did a phenomenal job and I can only imagine what it would be like to see the show on stage.

I have grown up with Disney films and several musicals, but there is something about “Anastasia” that absolutely stunning and the Original Broadway Cast Recording is even more so. It is a must have for those who grew up with the 1997 movie.


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