So we've just finished our East Lansing engagement of the tour, which was busy and rewarding.While in East Lansing, we had a major rehearsal with our Production Stage Manager, Eric, who had been away from us for a time working with Michael Mayer on the Vienna production of SPRING. Louis and scheduled a big rehearsal for this stop to freshen a few scenes and implement some minor staging changes and new ideas Michael discovered while working on the London and Vienna productions.Christy Altomare and Derek Klena, who originated the respective roles of Anya and Dmitry in Hartford’s production of Anastasia, talk about what audiences can expect when the show hits Broadway next spring.“It was kind of a dream come true,” says Anastasia’s leading man, Derek Klena, at the July 25 screening of Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox’s Florence Foster Jenkins for the Broadway community.Broadway stars surprise kids battling cancer with a musical visit Altomare is taking it in stride. “But sometimes you know in your soul you’re the character.
She is poised, graceful, scrappy, and it’s quickly realized that Altomare is the best suited to tackle the role of the lost Russian quickly becoming not only a success with fans, but with critics as well. When I went to the audition I thought, ‘I get to be Anastasia for two minutes.Even at the end, you’re kind of left with questions in the best way.They don’t seal it off with a bow—you’ll just have to wait and see how—but it’s fun.They were so with us, and made all of our hard work in rehearsal worth it.East Lansing was also a huge personal joy, because it is just 45 minutes away from Ann Arbor, where I go to school, and so my week was full of visits from friends and faculty.