Ever since when we wrote the original score for the animated movie Anastasia , we often wished that one day someone would make it into a stage musical and take us along for the ride. All these years later, we got our wish. What we discovered was that writing the score for the stage version was freeing but also challenging. Most of all, since none of us were interested in doing a page-to-stage recreation of the movie, we had to rewrite the original material so it steered clear of anything that was too childish, and that it worked with a new concept and a new book by our dear friend and collaborator Terrence McNally.
In the mids, 20th Century Fox set out to produce an animated film musical based on the mystery surrounding the fate of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. Enlisted to write the score for the film were theatre songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty , who had recently made their Broadway debuts with the Tony-nominated musical Once on This Island. This is a song I wrote very quickly. We had different versions of songs for this moment. It was meant to be a traveling song that took her from that point all the way to this point. It worked beautifully with the animation, and really told the story of a young woman starting out on a journey.
Stephen Flaherty born September 18, is an American composer of musical theatre and film. Flaherty was also nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards with Lynn Ahrens for his songs and song score for the animated film musical Anastasia. Flaherty was born in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania. He began studying piano at the age of seven. When he was twelve, he knew he wanted to write musicals and by age fourteen he had already composed his first musical score. As a college student, Flaherty played ragtime piano in a dance band.