Max von Essen will replace Ramin Karimloo as Gleb in the Broadway production of Anastasia.
Max von Essen will replace Ramin Karimloo as Gleb in the Broadway production of Anastasia.
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Tony nominee Max von Essen will join the Broadway cast of Anastasia, taking over the role of Gleb, currently played by Ramin Karimloo. Karimloo is scheduled to play his final performances on December 3, with von Essen beginning performances December 5.

Von Essen recently starred on Broadway in An American in Paris as Henri Baurel, a role which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor. He previously appeared in the 2012 revival of Evita as Agustin Magaldi, and in the first revival of Les Misérables as Enjolras. He joins a company that features original cast members Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Derek Klena (Dmitry), John Bolton (Vlad), Caroline O'Connor (Countess Lily), and Mary Beth Peil (Dowager Empress).

Anastasia opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 24. The musical features a book by Terrence McNally and an original score by Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Tony winner Darko Tresnjak directs. Ahrens and Flaherty penned the tunes for the 1997 animated film on which the stage musical is based, and have expanded their score, which contains the songs "Once Upon a December" and "Journey to the Past," for the theatrical production.

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