More cast changes for ‘Anas­ta­sia’

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - Arts -

“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.

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