The Russian Revolution is over and the Bolsheviks are in charge in the musical “Anastasia,” which will be staged Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 in the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. in Columbus.
Dmitry, played by Jake Levy, and Vlad Popov, played by Edward Staudenmayer, are con artists who hatch a plan to escape the new communist rule.
Such is the underpinning of “Anastasia,” a Broadway musical that makes its Columbus premiere at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
Tickets start at $31.50 and may be purchased at the CBUSArts Ticket Center, 39 E. State St., online at capa.com, or by phone at 614-469-0939 or 800-982-2787.
Levy said the story is about adventure, comedy, love and self-discovery.
The musical is set in the time the Bolsheviks came into power. It was a time of danger and political upheaval under Communist Party rule.
“It was sort of a hostile environment for those who didn’t really agree with the revolution and those who are trapped in this communist Russia,” Levy said.
It also was a time when Dmitry and Vlad, two small-time hustlers, could make money on the black market, Levy said.
The con artists learn of a handsome reward – presented by a dowager empress living in France – for anyone who can find and bring Anya, short for Anastasia, to her.
“(They) know it’s a huge sum,” Levy said. “(They’re) used to smaller cons.”
The two decide to hold auditions and train a suitable impersonator to pretend to be Anya so they could collect the reward.
Little did they know, Anya walked into the audition, looking for documents to exit the country. Anya was unaware of her predicament because she had suffered amnesia after a fall.
The three embark on a journey, during which Anya and Dmitry draw close. As they fall deeper in love, Anya’s memory begins to improve when they get to Paris.
“We are so excited to host the Ohio premiere of Anastasia right here in Columbus,’ said Lisa Minken, CAPA Broadway marketing manager. “Audiences will be mesmerized with the soaring vocals of its talented cast and the gorgeous costumes. It’s truly a spectacle of sight and sound.”