The persistent legend, mystique and fascination of what may have happened to Anastasia after her Russian royal family was executed in 1918 finds a new home in the musical, Anastasia. It's daunting subject matter to be sure, covering revolution, the death of the Romanov family and the rumor that Anastasia may have survived the carnage of her ill-fated family - but playwright Terrence McNally was up for the task.
He started with the 1997 animated film of the same name as his template, excising characters, trimming a little here and adding a bit there. Then he teamed up with Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who wrote the original score for the movie, and together this creative team wrapped the legend with layers of music, romance, history and yes, comedy for the Broadway stage, much to the audience's delight. Visually stunning (Projections designs by Aaron Rhyne) and richly costumed (Linda Cho captures both pomp and pageantry as well as peasant austerity), Anastasia takes the audience into the crosswinds of history and mythic imagination for a wistful look into the past and hopeful eye to the future.
The story begins in 1906 with a short prologue that introduces us to 6-year-old Anastasia (the charming and delightful Delilah Rose Pellow on opening night). She's sad that her "nana," the Dowager Empress (play with stately grace by Joy Franz) is leaving for Paris before the last ball of the winter season in Petersburg. The gift of a music box to her favorite granddaughter and assurances of meeting again in Paris placate the young child. Grandmama departs and Anastasia goes with her family to the ball. Director Darko Tresnjak uses the beautiful ballroom setting to introduce us to the family and their court. are Dressed in formal royal attire they glide across the dance floor while snow flurries speak of the cold outside the palace windows (Scenic design by Alexander Dodge). Anastasia dances with her father, Czar Nicholas II (Brad Greer), and as she goes around a pillar, suddenly we're in 1917 and the teenaged Anastasia (Lila Coogan) is dancing at the ball that takes place right before the family is executed by the Bolsheviks.
The musical begins with a dramatic flashback to the end of the Romanov family's reign, marked with stunning white, gold and glittering traditional costumes, crowns studded with sparkling jewels, and gala balls that look like a snow globe fantasy come to life. (Linda Cho's stunning costume design covers many countries, time periods and social classes.) There we meet Little Anastasia (a perky Delilah Rose Pellow in the performance I attended) and the Dowager Empress (Joy Franz, whose characterization unfortunately veered to melodrama and whose voice was not up to the task of delivering her solos).
Delilah is thrilled to announce that after her year long run with ANASTASIA on Broadway, she has joined the cast of the First National Tour! She is reprising her role of Little Anastasia/Alexei on tour, and couldn't be more happy to continue her journey with this show. For more information and to buy tickets, click here!
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A young actress appearing in Monday night's episode of the CBS hit-show "Bull" is from the metro.
Delilah Rose Pellow was born and raised in Lee's Summit. The 11-year-old is living in New York City for the last year playing a young Anastasia on Broadway.
"It's amazing. I love it. It's so fun," she said.
But, Delilah got her start in Kansas City in youth theater at the age of 3 and then hit the stage at Starlight Theatre and played Cindy Lou Who in the national tour of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." However, this is her first step into television.
"I did my scene and really had to go into that character because it's an emotional character. Then, they called me a couple of days later and told me I got the role," Delilah said.
"Bull" with guest-star Delilah airs at 9 p.m. on KCTV5.
Delilah is happy to announce that after three months of understudying, she has moved full time in to the role of Little Anastasia and Alexei Romanov doing all 8 shows a week! Delilah began performances in her new track on July 10th. Be sure to follow Delilah on Instagram for more updates!
For tickets to ANASTASIA on Broadway, click here to visit the official website. Also, be sure to check out Delilah on the Internet Broadway Database and on BroadwayWorld!
'The Grinch' delivers nostalgia, holiday spirit
"Of course, the story would not be complete without little Cindy-Lou Who, and Delilah Rose Pellow was picture perfect at Monday evening’s performance...If her sweet rendition of “Santa for a Day” doesn’t get you, you might want to check the size of your own Grinchy heart.
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"Delilah Pellow absolutely steals the show with her opening solo of 'There’s No Business Like Show Business.'"
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"...the physically afflicted Tiny Tim (played irresistibly by Delilah Rose Pellow.)"
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