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Exclusive Photos! Go Backstage at Broadway's Anastasia as the Cast Prepares for the Hit Musical

November 22nd, 2017 by

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Exclusive Photos! Go Backstage at Broadway's Anastasia as...

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Photographer Jenny Anderson (who shot our fabulous Classic New York Films and Tony Awards Parties photos) brings BroadwayBox backstage for an exclusive new series capturing Broadway companies getting ready to take the stage. In the latest installment, Jenny went to the Broadhurst Theatre, home to the hit musical adaptation of Ahrens and Flaherty's Anastasia. Scroll on to see how the company prepares for a performance.

Mary Beth Peil- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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We begin the evening in the dressing room of two-time Tony Award nominee and TV favorite Mary Beth Peil.

Mary Beth Peil- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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MBP received her second Tony nom for her role as the Dowager Empress (Anastasia’s grandmother) in this musical.

Mary Beth Peil- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Simply Iconique.

Mary Beth Peil- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Stunning!

Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Ladies Dressing Room

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Next we jump to the ladies dressing room as the female ensemble gets ready to transition into Russian royalty for the opening tableau.

Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Guys Dressing Room

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Then the male ensemble’s dressing room as they share some laughs.

Kyle Brown- Dustin Layton- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Standout dancer Kyle Brown & dance captain Dustin Layton begin their pre-show prep.

Caroline O'Connor- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Next we stop by the dressing room of stage legend Caroline O’Connor, who steals the show with her one-two punch in Act Two of “Land of Yesterday” and “Countess and the Common Man”.

Caroline O'Connor- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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ICYMI: Check out all of Caroline’s fantastic Anastasia costumes.

Derek Klena- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Oh hey, it’s leading man Derek Klena!

Derek Klena-John Bolton- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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On his way to see his onstage and offstage buddy, the hilarious Mr. John Bolton

John Bolton- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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As it happens John has something to celebrate tonight: Dollar Friday!

Derek Klena-John Bolton- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Funny

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And then these two clowns played a little royal dress up and were just the definition of awesome.

Derek Klena- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Swoon!

Ramin Karimloo- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo originated the role of Gleb on Broadway but you only have until December 3 to see his performance.

Ramin Karimloo- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Those dimples though…

Ramin Karimloo- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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ICYMI: Ramin did the most haunting, goosebumps-inducing cover of “Once Upon a December” for Broadway Unplugged.

Christy Altomare- Derek Klena- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Leading lady Christy Altomare and her leading man Derek Klena share some chips and some LOLz before they start their process.

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Now we follow Christy in her process to become Anastasia. First the basics of the costume.

Christy Altomare- Mary Beth Peil- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Mary Beth Peil and Christy Altomare put perfume on each other before each show. A backstage ritual between grandmother and granddaughter.

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Dressing Room

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Then it’s time for hair.

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Dressing Room

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Once the wig is set, she can get her boots on.

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Luckily for us, Christy always makes time for a laugh. #SimplyTheBest

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Dressing Room

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Now, that first big coat for Anya.

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Dressing Room

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It’s done, Christy is ready to slay.

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Dressing Room

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But there’s still a little time to take a breather.

Nicole Scimeca- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Little Anastasia, Nicole Scimeca, & understudy Julia Morgan bring a bit of Bikini Bottom to St. Petersburg.

John Bolton- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Looks like the musical’s scene-stealing comic relief, John Bolton, is ready to bring the laughs as Vlad.

Lauren Blackman- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Lauren Blackman makes her Broadway debut as Tsarina Alexandra, and her first look is truly iconic! See how it comes together below.

Lauren Blackman- Bonnie Prather- Jess McGinty- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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First Lauren is helped into her gorgeous, elaborate crown by hair dresser Jessica McGinty.

Lauren Blackman- Bonnie Prather-  Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Once it’s perfect, dresser Bonnie Prather helps her into her stunning gown.

Lauren Blackman- Bonnie Prather- Jess McGinty- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Then Jessica puts on the final touches as Bonnie makes sure the gasp-worthy gown is ready to be seen by Broadway audiences.

Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage- Lyrica Woodruff

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Likewise, Chita Award winner (so you know she’s a fierce dancer!) Lyrica Woodruff makes her Broadway debut as Princess Olga Romanov.

Molly Rushing- Bonnie Prather- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Bonnie Prather helps Molly Rushing into her costume to play Young Anastasia in the first scene.

Nicole Scimeca- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Nicole Scimeca puts on her ballet slippers to play Little Anastasia. (Yup, there are three Anastasias!)

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Soon it’s time for the entire Romanov family of royalty to take one last look before heading to the stage.

Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Then it’s down the stairs from the Broadhurst dressing rooms.

Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Beautiful.

Christy Altomare- Derek Klena- John Bolton- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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While the show begins, the trio of stars (who all enter after the big first flashback scene) take a moment to check in.

Christy Altomare- Anastasia - Musical- Broadway- Backstage

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Then while everyone is on stage, Christy has a moment of reflection before wowing Broadway audiences as the title character in Anastasia. See her and the entire gang live at the Broadhurst Theatre.