Dmitry (Broadway Musical)
Dimitri Sudayev, also known as Dmitry in the musical, is the deuteragonist of the 1997 Don Bluth film Anastasia. In 2016, the film was adapted into a Broadway Musical with Derek Klena originating the role, which is what this article will focus on.
While the original 1997 animated version of Dimitri is a good character, sadly he got flanderized in the Broadway musical version of the film.
Why He Should Be Lost In A Crowd Of Thousands
- The biggest problem with this incarnation of Dimitri is that in this version, they changed the spelling of his name to "Dmitry" for no discernible reason.
- The musical completely retcons his origin story. Instead of portraying him as a servant of the Romanovs like in the movie, the musical shows him as a citizen of Russia who saw Anastasia on a parade.
- He's a Gary Stu.
- Anastasia appears to have a romance less with him, and more with Gleb Vaganov, the villain who replaced the iconic Rasputin.
- For all these reasons above, like Anastasia, his stage musical portrayals, especially Derek Klena, all barely even resemble his animated counterpart in any way, unlike most Broadway musicals based on films and cartoons.
- Derek Klena is a decent actor by Broadway standards.
- Unlike Anastasia, his costume is very accurate to his original animated counterpart.
- A Rumor in St. Petersburg and Learn to Do It are still good songs here. Even some of the new songs like My Petersburg are decent.