More cast changes for ‘Anastasia’
“Anastasia” continues to shake that snowglobe on Broadway. The musical, which premiered at Hartford Stage in 2016, has run in New York since April 2016.
The latest cast change: Max von Essen, who took over the dastardly role of Gleb from Ramin Karimloo (who was also in the Hartford version) will chase Christy Altomare’s Anastasia for the last time on Dec. 16. His replacement has not yet been announced.
Altomare has been with the show since the beginning, as has John Bolton, who plays the kindly criminal Vlad. Anastasia’s love interest, Dmitry, is currently played by Zach Adkins, Broadway veteran Judy Kaye took over the grandmotherly role of the Dowager Empress from Mary Beth Peil in late September and Vicki Lewis (from TV’s “News Radio”) has been Countess Lily (previously played by Caroline O’Connor) since late March. Details at anastasiathemusical.com.
In other “Anastasia” news, co-stars Altomare and Adkins have recorded a new song, “It’s Just Like Christmas,” for the charity album “2018 Broadway’s Carols for a Cure 2018.” The song was written by Altomare herself. A new “Carols for a Cure” compilation has been released every year for the last two decades. Sales benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Details at BroadwayCares.org.