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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 19

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4.0 star rating Showpick from San Francisco, California

GORGEOUS MUSICAL!

I saw the producion in NYC with its original stars. It's an elegant musical that is delightful for all ages.

3.0 star rating K Duhaime from Detroit, Michigan

ANASTASIA DETROIT

I was completely taken out of the moment every time the lead actress playing Anastasia spoke! What was wrong with her annunciation? It was like staccato and impossible to listen to. Great singer but what director let’s someone speak that way? Sets were gorgeous. Two songs were amazing. Just could t stay in the show.

3.0 star rating Jeff Stacey from Toronto, Ontario

HAD TO LEAVE

Agree with most that the sets were visually spectacular...alas, the singing was sub-par. Anastasia was energetic, but so harsh/nasally, and the villain so flat, that we had to leave during intermission...(sigh).

3.0 star rating Hemant tailor from Toronto, Ontario

I DON’T HAVE ISSUES HERE

Sat in row J left side and couldn’t decipher the lyrics. Screeching followed by some dialogue. If it wasn’t for body language!! I gave it a chance as I admire these actors and what they do but I couldn’t figure out what they were singing through what appeared as noise. So I’m disappointed. Sit further ahead I guess is the solution. Get the sound guys to sit in J and listen to the screeching.

2.0 star rating Paul Robetts from Chicago, Illinois

UGH... WHERE TO BEGIN?

We saw Anastasia at Chicago's Nederlander Theater last night. There were many problems, but let's start with the good things. The visual projections which serve as the scenery were vivid and appealing. The chorus was lively and performed well. Now the bad news: Gleb overacted his heart out (some of his facial grimaces during songs were unintentionally funny). Dmitry and Vlad worked well together and were entertaining. Unfortunately, the lead character is miscast. She has a very good voice, but her tone was hard to tolerate at times and her acting skills were lacking. Zero chemistry with either Gleb or Dmitry. The biggest problem: the musical itself. It just isn't well conceived. The songs are forgettable. Their Disneyfied version of the royal assassinations and the Bolshevik revolution is weird and heartless. A musical written without heart makes it difficult for the performers to give their best. That's what we saw last night.

2.0 star rating Eileen Adams from Ohio

DISAPPOINTED IN DENVER’S PRODUCTION

This production had beautiful costuming and creative use of sets (I especially liked the train scene). The singing voices were good, but the acting - with the exception of the actor who played Vlad, the grandmother, and Vlad’s love interest, Lily - was terrible. There was absolutely no chemistry between the actors who played Anastasia and Dmitry. Such a disappointment! I have directed about 50 shows in my life, and I never would have allowed middle school youth or community theater actors to pretend so inadequately to pour liquid into a cup, nor to drink hot tea as if it were a shot of liquor. These “little things” distracted greatly from what could have been a better production. Not at all the quality I was expecting from a city the size of Denver. The storyline is so different from the Disney movie, too, it added to the disappointment: no Rasputin, minions or Bartok.

2.0 star rating Wendy from Toronto, Ontario

DISAPPOINTING

The music is very forgettable and the choreography simple. Actors were enthusiastic but seemed to be yelling all the time. At "normal" volume we could understand the lyrics but when they kicked up into high volume the distortion was such that the lyrics were unintelligible. Maybe that is the fault of the sound engineers? If I had to sum up the show in one word it would be 'tedious."

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Anastasia leaves you with a profound message - you will never be recognized if you cannot recognize yourself and where you are from.

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