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Beloved ‘Anastasia’ opens on Broadway to lukewarm response

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When the 1997 animated movie Anastasia was officially sent to Broadway, millennials who grew up with it were thrilled. But the musical, which opened April 24, draws on more than just one cartoon musical; it also takes parts from a film from 1956 and from the true, terrifying events in Russian history.

Critics in the early performances found this array of inspirations to muddle the production, creating a show that never strikes the right tone or figures out exactly what it wants to be. For more about Anastasia on Broadway, see below.

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