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Anastasia Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 22

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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."

2.0 star rating Nicole from Toronto, Ontario

MOVIE WAS BETTER

The costumes were all beautiful and the ballet portion was gorgeous. Vlad and Lily were amazing and so entertaining. I don’t like that Rasputin was changed, it made everything more boring. Anastasias singing voice was phenomenal but her acting was horrible and she spoke in a weak shaky voice the whole time which was so annoying. Dimitri did alright although I think the villain gleb had a stronger voice than him.

2.0 star rating Ann from Hartford, Connecticut

DISAPPOINTING PRINCESS

Where to begin.... The overall presentation of the national tour of Anastasia is meant to leave you drooling over it's beauty, but here's where I believe it fails: The Leading Lady. Ms. Coogan's voice is admirable when she sings, but the lady simply should not have been cast in a speaking roll. Staccato is the best description I can give her delivery. Her lack of emotional warmth toward both if her leading men left me stone cold. Most of her energy seemed to be spent in showing us her pretty profile and navigating her choreography. Put plainly, she is miscast. The two best things about this tour are actor Edward Staudemayer as Vlad, and the ensemble who shine in vocal and dance presentation. The "movie" of a set is stunning and some of the music is memorable. All in all, I was disappointed.

1.0 star rating Rebecca from Dallas, Texas

ANASTASIA’S JOURNEY TO NORTH AMERICA=FAIL

Extremely disappointed. I have seen both performances on and off broadway and recommend they revisit the touring Anastasia’s performance. Instead of leveraging the past and history of the story. This traveling actress portrays a self-righteous, presumptuous appearance. All in all, the touring cast may need a refresh from the original cast to avoid a cost deficit. I’ve never rooted for the main character to be eliminated until now. Her talent in singing is fine but her annunciation and emphasis on words is her death.

1.0 star rating Dana Spivak from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NO WORDS...

We love the theater and go every chance we get. This is the first time we have ever left at intermission. I would have left sooner, but I didn't want to disturb others around me. The setting was absolutely magical. The stage, props, and costumes were amazing. Anastasia had an angelic voice that sent chills through you. That being said, there was ZERO chemistry on stage between characters, the acting portion of the play was horrible, and the songs were so unbelievably boring that it was hard to stay awake. If it wasn't for the few one liners by Vlad I may have snored out loud. (He was great by the way!). Save your money! This one should have stayed with 20th Century Fox's animation department.

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Romantic enchanting BOLD

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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