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Anya: The Musical Musical [Original recording, Cast Recording, HiFi Sound]

George Abbott , Constance Towers , Lillian Gish , Michael Kermoyan , Irra Petina Vinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1965
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording, Cast Recording, HiFi Sound
  • Label: United Artists
  • ASIN: B0012L20HC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Scores of the Sixties March 10, 2009
"Anya" is one of the most beautiful scores around. I'm so pleased that it is being released on CD at last. "Homeland" alone is worth the price of $19.98. You can order the "Anya" CD through[...]

From what I have read, "Anya" failed on Broadway because of the ponderous direction of George Abbott. Like most of their shows, Forrest and Wright's "Anya" is an operetta based on a heavier material, like their stupendous "Kean" starring Alfred Drake, another flop this time with original music by Forrest and Wright. The Broadway audience of the early sixties wanted big, brassy musicals like "Hello, Dolly!" and "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." I don't know how the superior "Fiddler on the Roof" succeeded during that time, except for the fact that Jerome Robbins was at the helm. Indeed, the critically acclaimed "She Loves Me" only lasted a few months and it is now considered one of the best shows ever written and is always being produced in regional theatre.

I wish that Music Theatre International offered the original version of "Anya" instead of the shrunken version they offer now. I think the show would be produced more often in local theatres.

When "Anya" opened, Broadway was changing and making way for the rock musicals. Broadway was still then a hit maker and the powers that be were looking toward rock music to keep Broadway alive. Forrest and Wright had their share with several of their romantic songs from "Kismet." In fact, Judy Garland recorded their ballad "Sweet Danger" from "Kean," but it didn't fly.

I've had the vinyl copy of "Anya" since it first came out in the 60's. The opening chords still stir me and, despite whatever I'm doing, I have to stop, sit down and listen to it all the way through.

So do yourself a favor and go to Kritzerland and reserve a copy. There are only a 1000 copies printed and it's bound to sell out. I wish would offer "Anya."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Musical November 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I recently found this CD for a reasonable price. It stands up to the best of the Robert Wright/George Forest scores, as one would expect.

This Album on CD did not get my five stars for one reason. As a limited edition CD, I expected more from the liner notes. The liner notes deal mainly with the history of Wright/Forest colaborations, and a list of every film, stage and TV version of the Anastasia story ever produced,including Anya by every regional theater group.

Having never seen the Broadway production or any other production of Anya, and even though I know the story well, I would have like to have had a Synopsis of the plot so I know where the musical numbers fit into the story. A libretto would have been nice too.

Never the less, I am glad to have this CD in my Broadway collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars musical "Anastasia" shines like the rarest of jewels April 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Long unavailable and greatly prized by show music fanatics, ANYA (THE MUSICAL MUSICAL) has now made it's highly anticipated CD premiere as a limited edition disc from Kritzerland.

Based on the classic play "Anastasia" by Marcelle Maurette (which was adapted into English by Guy Bolton as a Broadway vehicle for Viveca Lindfors and later by Arthur Laurents in the Oscar-winning 1956 movie starring Ingrid Bergman), ANYA was written in 1965 for the musical theatre stage by popular songwriting team Robert Wright and George 'Chet' Forrest.

The plot (based on the life of Anastasia claimant Anna Anderson) follows a young orphan girl named Anya who is recruited by a group of Russian exiles into posing as the presumed-murdered Grand Duchess Anastasia, so that they might profit from the Tsar's hidden fortune. Along the way, romance and untold drama changes the path of Anya's life forever...

As they had done in earlier shows (SONG OF NORWAY, KISMET), Wright and Forrest appropriated the works of a classical composer into their melodies for ANYA, in this case Russian-born Sergei Rachmaninoff. Ironically, Rachmaninoff was a close friend of Anastasia claimant Anna Anderson during her New York visit in the early 1920s.

Cast in the title role was the stunning film actress Constance Towers (making her Broadway musical debut), with Michael Kermoyan, Karen Shepard, Irra Petina and esteemed movie legend Lillian Gish as the Dowager Empress.

With it's haunting and sweeping operetta score, ANYA was a creative masterpiece but a critical flop, dismissed as too "old-fashioned" and shuttered after only 16 performances at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious !!! At last !!! April 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
For years show fans have been waiting for this one, and here it is ! The music is gorgeous, the lyrics are thoughtful, romantic, funny, poetic, etc. The performers are all wonderful. I will never forget seeing this romantic, lavish operetta at the old Ziegfeld. I was deeply hurt in my youth by the ignorant newspaper reviews, but I wore out the LP, and performed some of the songs in cabaret. The lovely Miss Towers must be gratified by the release of this terrific career highlight. Thank you, Kritzerland ! Broadway fans, GRAB THIS ONE !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANYA May 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The score is the standout. The musical failed on Broadway from book problems. I was so happy to see it recorded. This is a fine example of the old fashioned musicals.
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