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.
Ann from Hartford, Connecticut
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.
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.
Dana Spivak from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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.
M. Fox from Cleveland, Ohio
BRING SOMETHING TO READ...
As a regular to Cleveland's Playhouse Square, we were looking forward to an entertaining afternoon out with Anastasia. Sadly, I was everything but entertained. I was forewarned it was slow to start. Turns out it is also slow to end. Most actors overacted as such to make their characters cartoonish. All but 3 or so of the songs were merely filler and did not lend anything to the progression of the plot. While I do appreciate classically trained vocals, they seemed misplaced for the characters. Much of the drawn out vibrato was extremely distracting and made it difficult to even understand the actors. I liken the entire performance to a better than average high school performance and ended up reading over my entire playbill awaiting its end. We should have left at intermission.
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