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Veronica Stern as Anya in the North American Tour of ANASTASIA - photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

Theatre Review: Anastasia at the NAC—until September 4

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on August 31, 2022

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Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


At last! Broadway Across Canada’s Anastasia has finally landed at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. This fantastical story has been waiting to hit Ottawa stages since 2020 — and we are ecstatic for audiences to get the chance to see it live!

You may be familiar with the tale, perhaps from the 1997 animated film, and recognize critical songs like Once Upon a Night in December, Journey to the Past, along with new hits from the stage show, My Petersburg and In My Dreams, but there is a new twist on this old legend.

The Company of The North American Tour of ANASTASIA – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The show’s story was written by the late celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, with music by Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). The show has won 15 international awards, including Tony and Drama Desk awards.

As the curtain rises, you instantly get a taste of the beautiful and regal costuming throughout the show. In our recent interview with Canadian ensemble member Brooklyn Libao, she shared some behind-the-scenes fun facts about the grand costumes and some speedy costume changes.

The story follows Anya as she searches to find her family and discover who she really is. When she meets conman Dmitry, the adventure begins, and from Russia to Paris, they search for home, love, and family. With tender moments between friends, family, and love interests, the connection between the family you’re born with and the family you choose will tug at your heartstrings. But don’t be fooled — the show also includes a string of comedic songs and moments that have the audience laughing out loud.

The Company of The North American Tour of ANASTASIA – Photo by Jeremy Daniel

With a solid cast of excellent singers and actors backed by a fantastic ensemble with gorgeous harmonies and beautiful dancing, you’ll likely end up going home humming at least one song and perhaps waltzing back to your car while Googling more about this time period. We sure did.

Are you ready to journey to the past? Get your tickets to this family-favourite musical before its Ottawa adventure ends!


Anastasia takes place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4 at the National Arts Centre. Evening performances are at 8pm, except Sunday at 7:30pm. Matinees are on Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1:30pm. The show runs for two and a half hours with an intermission. A digital lottery for ANASTASIA tickets will begin with the show’s first performance (Aug. 30) in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre. A limited number of tickets will be available for every performance for $69 each. The lottery will open at 12:00pm ET Friday, Aug. 19 and close at 10:30am ET Friday, Aug. 26 for tickets to performances Aug. 30 – Sept. 4.


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