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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: SHN’s “Anastasia” Is a Stunning Masterpiece of Storytelling

Sep 06, 2019
by Katelyn Mosbacher
“Anastasia The New Broadway Musical,” currently playing at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre (1 Taylor Street) in San Francisco through September 29, is a visually stunning masterpiece of storytelling.

This version of the Russian princess’ story is a dazzling show that transports the audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, 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 (elegantly portrayed by Lila Coogan) enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home and family.

The story expertly balances out the suffering of the Russian people with hope, love and even a bit of comedy.

The cast is extraordinarily talented. Lila Coogan plays Anya with all the vulnerability and power of a young woman finding herself in a complicated world. Stephen Brower plays the street rascal Dmitry with the style and energy that makes him an audience favorite.

Edward Staudenmayer is very convincing in his role as Vlad, and when the feisty and cynical Countess Lily (played by the talented Tari Kelly) comes along, the two of them bounce off each other with a level awkwardness that promotes a touch of humor.

Dowager Empress (convincingly portrayed by Joy Franz) displays a certain level of regality despite her deeply-rooted bitterness over losing her family. Also, Jason Michael Evans handles the role of Gleb with a compelling and heartbreaking torment of someone caught between his duty and his heart.

Equally transcendent to the acting are the sets, which offer a convincing aura of reality. Also, not to be overlooked, the costumes are a true wonder of authenticity.

“Anastasia” has a running time of 2 hours 30 minutes with one intermission. For tickets or more information please visit www.shnsf.com. This production is recommendedfor ages 7+. No children under 5 are allowed.

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Photo caption: Lila Coogan (Anya) and the company of "ANASTASIA".


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