Cody Simpson makes his Broadway debut in Anastasia

The Australian singer-songwriter assumes the role of Dmitry in the hit Broadway musical.

Cody Simpson

A new leading man takes a journey to the past! The cast of hit musical Anastasia welcomes Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson to the Broadhurst Theatre tonight as he makes his Broadway debut and assumes the role of Dmitry, as scheduled. Former cast member Zach Adkins played his final performance in the role on November 25.

Cody Simpson has released a total of three studio albums to date: "Paradise" (2012), "Surfers Paradise" (2013), and "Free" (2015) and five EPs, spawning such hits as "iYiYi," "All Day," and "Pretty Brown Eyes". He was also a participant on the 18th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2014. 

The principal cast of Anastasia currently includes Christy Altomare (as Anya / Anastasia), Cody Simpson (as Dmitry), Tony Award nominee Max von Essen (as Gleb Vaganov), John Bolton (as Vlad Popov), Vicki Lewis (as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch), and two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna).

Anastasia began previews on March 23, 2017, ahead of an official opening on April 24.

The new musical, based on the popular 1997 animated feature film by Twentieth Century Fox, is directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak and features a book by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, with music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens.

Synopsis: "From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family."

The creative team behind Anastasia features choreography by Peggy Hickey, dance arrangements by David Chase, music supervision & direction by Thomas Murray, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Peter Hylenski, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, hair & wig design by Charles LaPointe, and make-up design by Joe Dulude II.

Anastasia is produced on Broadway by Stage Entertainment USA, Bill Taylor, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy Productions.

Twentieth Century Fox's 1997 animated feature film Anastasia was nominated for two Oscars: Best Score (for Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and David Newman) and Best Original Song (for Ahrens and Flaherty for "Journey To The Past"). It features the voice talents of Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Bernadette Peters, Kirsten Dunst, Andrea Martin, and Dame Angela Lansbury.

Cody Simpson as Dmitry in Anastasia
(Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Anastasia Tickets are available now for performances through to September 29, 2019.

(Headshot courtesy of Polk & Co.)