Anastasia, the hit new Broadway musical, will make its anticipated Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County from March 22-27. With its opulent settings, dazzling costumes, and a soaring score including the song favorites from the hit animated film, “Journey to the Past” and “Once Upon a December,” Anastasia is the spectacular new musical about discovering who you are and defining who you’re meant to be.
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, Anastasia is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
The original Broadway cast recording is available at BroadwayRecords.com, Amazon.com and iTunes. The 75-minute album includes the Academy Award-nominated favorite “Journey to the Past” alongside new numbers from the show such as “In My Dreams,” “Still” and “My Petersburg.”
The cast includes Kyla Stone as Anya, who is making history as the first Black actress to play the lead role of Anya in any production worldwide, Sam McLellan as Dmitry, Brandon Delgado as Gleb, Gerri Weagraff as Dowager Empress, Bryan Seastrom as Vlad, Madeline Raube as Countess Lily and Taya Diggs and Marley Sophia as Little Anastasia. The ensemble includes Mikayla Agrella, Lance Timothy Barker, William Aaron Bishop, Harrison Drake, Thomas Henke, Dakota Hoar, Veronica Rae Jiao, Evin Johnson, Ceron Jones, Madeline Kendall, Lizzy Marie Legregin, Victoria Madden, Christian McQueen, Elizabeth Ritacco, Taylor Stanger, Sarah Statler and Lauren Teyke.
It was a pleasure to sit down with Brandon Delgado (Gleb) for this exclusive Hotspots interview.
At what age did you begin performing?
I started performing when I was a kid singing in church when I was around 8 years old.
What was your first paid gig?
When I was in college I sang for a cathedral in Boston and became on of their soloists.
When did you know performing would be your career?
I went to LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, and I knew then this would be my career.
Other than this one, what has been your favorite role so far?
I really enjoyed singing Che in Evita. The music is great and there is a lot of color to the vocal lines so you can really play with your voice.
What’s your fantasy role (a role you haven’t played but want to)?
Sweeney Todd, and Chris from Miss Saigon.
What did you do/accomplish during the pandemic?
I have a real estate business and I worked some supplemental income with that, and I spent a lot of time with my partner, and my dog, and we did at home workouts.
How did you meet you partner?
I met him online like 7 years ago, and he is also a performer that happened to have been in town on a lay off. We make each other laugh and he really grounds me. He pushes me to be a better performer and person.
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How do you handle the time apart?
A lot of communication. He is currently in Australia in “An American In Paris,” but we make sure to have regular contact with each other. Usually, we talk twice a day.
Describe yourself in three words?
Guarded, friendly, and observant.
What do you do for fun?
I love playing chess and working out and traveling.
What’s the best and worst things about being on the road?
The best thing is seeing so many different places, and a lot of the cities haven’t had musicals in over 2 years so it’s a great experience. The worst thing is traveling…being in a bus or plane and being in different hotel rooms every week.
What should our readers expect from this touring company of “Anastasia”?
They should expect some incredible singing, and Kyla (Anya) is truly phenomenal. Our projections and costumes are next to none. Expect quite the spectacle!
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For more information on Brandon, follow him at Instagram.com/bdelgadonyc.
s to Anastasia are $35, $50, $70, $90 and $110* and may be purchased now at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.
For more information on Anastasia The Musical, please visit anastasiathemusical.com.