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Rousuck's Review: "Anastasia" at the Hippodrome

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Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom to share another weekly review of a local theatrical production. This week, she spotlights  Anastasia, a musical based on the 1997 classic animated film, that's getting a brief run this week at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.

Anastasia -- with book by Terrence McNally, score by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens -- is a historical drama set amidst the fall of the Russian Empire and the avante-garde excitement of Paris in the 1920s. Anya (Lila Coogan) is a Russian woman digging into a mystery from her past. Her quest takes her to Paris, alongside Vlad (Edward Staudenmayer) and Dmitry (Stephen Brower), while a Bolshevik general, Gleb (Jason Michael Evans), tries to track them down.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak, this national touring production of Anastasia will be on stage at the Hippodrome through this Sunday, December 9. Get more information about tickets here.

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
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