Exclusive: Crawford, Barrett, Halston, Page Join Tveit, Lansbury, Lazar in ANASTASIA Reading!
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by BWW News Desk
As first reported exclusively by BroadwayWorld, ANASTASIA - A New Musical is being brought to the stage in a 29-hour reading, which entered rehearsals last week, based on the hit 1997 animated motion picture from Fox Animation Studios. The musical, which is in its Early Stages of development, will feature the five songs from the film along with fifteen new songs written for the stage. Joining the creative team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty will be bookwriter Terrence McNally and music director Ben Cohn.
The reading will also feature Maria May as Young Anastasia, Aaron Lazar as Gleb and Julie Halston as Lily, as well as Mark Aldrich, Bertilla Baker, Ben Crawford, Joy Hermalyn, Lisa Karlin, Joseph Mahowald, Barbara Marineau and Benjamin Schrader in the ensemble.
The reading is being produced by Stage Entertainment, and there is currently no word on when the show might hit the stage, and of course the cast of a reading is often not indicative of future productions.
Kelli Barrett has been seen on Broadway in Baby It's You! and The Royal Family, as well as Rock of Ages Off-Broadway and in the regional productions Ace and Bright Lights, Big City.
Patrick Page just finished his run as The Green Goblin in Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and will appear in Roundabout's upcoming production of Cyrano de Bergerac. He has also appeared on Broadway in A Man For All Seasons, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Julius Caesar, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and The Kentucky Cycle, plus Off-Broadway's The Tragedy of Richard II and more.
Aaron Tveit's Broadway credits include Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can. He will be seen as Enjolras in the highly anticipated Les Misérables film this December.
Julie Halston was last seen on Broadway in Anything Goes, as well as Twentieth Century, Gypsy, Hairspray, The Women and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Her Off-Broadway theatre credits include Olive and the Bitter Herbs, The Divine Sister, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Chasing Manet, White Chocolate, Princesses, The Butter and Egg Man, Saved or Destroyed, The Vagina Monologues, The Boys from Syracuse, You Should Be So Lucky, Red Scare on Sunset, Money Talks, The Lady in Question, Times Square Angel and more.
Ben Crawford has appeared on Broadway in Shrek the Musical and Les Misérables, as well as the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along and more.
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