Broadway’s ANASTASIA Teams Up with Ancestry on a Journey to the Past

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AncestryDNA results for Anastasia artists to be revealed throughout the

Spring & Summer of 2017.


“Back to who I was… on to find my future… things my heart still needs to know.”

– Anya, Journey to the Past




(New York, NY) – The producers of the new Broadway musical ANASTASIA are pleased to announce a collaboration with the global leader in family history and consumer genomics: ANCESTRY.  Every night, the title character in the new Broadway musical ANASTASIA, goes on a journey to discover her past and connect to the family and history she once had.  For the launch of the collaboration, ANASTASIA & ANCESTRY are excited to have completed AncestryDNA and family research history on the musical’s authors, leading actors and producers.


According to the results, an interesting number of the Anastasia artists have a high percentage of Northwest Russian heritage.  Some additional Anastasia family discoveries include Irish immigrants of The Great Famine, ancestral artists and musicians, and surprising surname origins.  The results are fascinating and will be revealed throughout spring & summer 2017 on Ancestry’s and Anastasia’s social channels.  For a sneak peek of the results, watch here:   ANASTASIA CAST & CREATIVE TEAM TALK TO ANCESTRY


Ancestry is a science and technology company with a very human mission: helping everyone discover the story of what led to them. The company’s sophisticated engineering and technology harnesses family history documents and consumer genetics, combining billions of rich historical records, millions of family trees, and more than 3 million people in the AncestryDNA network to provide people with deeply meaningful insights about who they are and where they came from.


“This collaboration is truly exciting for everyone at Anastasia,” noted producers Bill Taylor & Tom Kirdahy. “Every night we watch our audiences rapt with intrigue as they experience Anya’s journey of discovery.  The work that our Ancestry friends do on a daily basis brings the same kind of joy and discovery to people around the world.  We can’t wait to learn more about our personal stories and also watch our artists and fans experience their ‘journey to the past.’”


“The concept of a ‘Journey to the Past’ became very real for Anastasia’s cast and creative team,” said Lisa Elzey, Family Historian with Ancestry. “Connecting them to their family history through AncestryDNA and historical documents, they discovered new stories of their ancestors and even some Russian roots. It was moving to see life imitating art.”


“As a longtime Broadway producer and marketer, it seemed the perfect next step to contact my friends at Ancestry to inquire about taking a magical journey with us. Ancestry and Anastasia! A match made in heaven for our very special production about a woman seeking family, love and her past.” – Judith Ann Abrams, Anastasia co-producer


ANASTASIA opened on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) with critics exclaiming “Ahrens and Flaherty have chosen the right moments to musicalize, and their score here sounds complete and full — one of the season’s strongest! (NBC)” and “A sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic whose fine craftsmanship will satisfy musical-theater fans (Time Out)”.   The new musical has been nominated for 13 Outer Critic Circle Awards including Best Musical – the most of any show this season!  The musical has also been nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical and the 2017 Drama League Award for Best Musical.


The company is led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John BoltonRamin Karimloo, Caroline O’Connor, and Mary Beth Peil.


From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway musical RAGTIME, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920’s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.


Anastasia has been nominated for the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical.


The creative team also includes Peggy Hickey (Choreography), Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Joe Dulude II (Makeup Design), Tom Murray (Music Supervision & Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), David Chase (Dance Arranger), casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA. The stage production was originally commissioned by Dmitry Bogachev.  Richards/Climan, Inc. serves as General Manager and Marketing Director.  Eric Cornell (Rocky, Small Mouth Sounds) serves as Executive Producer.


ANASTASIA is produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play, The Visit) and Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening), 50 Church Street Productions, The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Carl Daikeler, Van Dean/Stephanie Rosenberg, Warner/Chappell Music, 42nd.Club/Phil Kenny, Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Broadway Asia/Umeda Arts Theater, Mark Lee & Ed Filpowski, Harriet Newman Leve, Peter May, David Mirvish, Sandi Moran, Seoul Broadcasting System, Sara Beth Zivitz, Michael Stotts, LD Entertainment/Sally Cade Holmes, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Carolyn and Marc Seriff/Bruno Wang, and Silva Theatrical Group/Adam Zell in association with Hartford Stage.



Tickets range from $69 – $169. Premium tickets range from $199-352. For more information, visit or call 212-239-6200.   Group tickets for ANASTASIA are available at www.broadwayinbound.comor 866-302-0995.


About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and DNA data from more than 3 million people. Since 1996, more than 20 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, and Fold3.


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