Honestly, listening to the Anastasia Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack is emotional enough – but actually watching the musical play in front of my eyes?
Let me allow the one and only Christy Altomare to explain how it felt:
We watched the afternoon show on 8th July (it was Nicole Scimeca’s last show) and sat in the second front row of the mezzanine (balcony), Row B. Really, if you’re looking for a seat with a good view, the first few front rows of the mezzanine are reasonable in terms of pricing, especially for adults. I mean, look at this sight!
As for the lining up/waiting process, it was not a bore at all. There were reviews of the musical from critics outside the stage door (New York Observer, NBC, and the like). Plus, you have extra time to take pictures in front of the wall with the music box!
I was a bit stupid though, I didn’t think to take one where I’m actually holding the music box.
After the show, I took some time to absorb what just happened in the last 2 hours and 25 minutes, and I went to the restrooms – these are two things I recommend not to do.
If you’re a big Fanastasia like me, meeting Christy Altomare, Zach Adkins, John Bolton and the rest of the cast is a must. But honey, you will not be able to do that if you don’t rush to the stage door as quickly as possible! Luckily, I was able to take a few selfies with Christy and Nicole, as well as having my playbill signed. So I’m safe to say I was well-fed!
Christy Altomare actually stayed behind a little longer than the rest of the cast members, which left the fans who were still there to chat with her. Unfortunately, Christy only had the time to talk to around two people before leaving, so I was not able to.
If I have to be honest, I was feeling quite regretful and disappointed – I was so close to being able to talk with my largest inspiration. Nevertheless, I am beyond grateful that I even had the chance to watch the musical (and not from bootlegs, which I always did). Travelling from Hong Kong and all the way to New York was definitely worth it – it was a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve honestly learned so much about theatre from Anastasia.
If you’re interested in reading more about Anastasia, stay tuned ’cause I’ll be posting a “Top 10 Reasons why Anastasia is amazing” soon!
Thanks for reading ❤