The touring Broadway production pulls out all the stops to offer a magic night of theatre

By the time the curtains closed at the end of Anastasia, I felt like we’d pretty much seen everything a modern Broadway musical can deliver:

Fascinating sets that melded physical elements with stunning projections and light effects. Extraordinary costumes that pushed to “11” the amount of pomp and frippery the designers could hang on every character. A wonderful live pit orchestra playing the music of Theatre Hall of Famers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical, Lucky Stiff). A book by Terrence McNally, no less.

And the cast, a marvelous cast led by vocal powerhouse Lila Coogan in the title role. If it’s a big musical you’re looking for, this final show of the Denver Center Attractions season is hard to top, and the packed house at the Buell Theatre opening night was on its feet as the last note ended to show its appreciation.

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