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The film

  • "Journey to the Past", although it is (like a certain other "I Want" Song/Award-Bait Song from a different Don Bluth movie) really catchy. As time has gone by, Anastasia's singing voice Liz Callaway, has gotten more credit for how beautifully she sings. The Unshaved Mouse even described her as "Jodi Benson good." The official pop cover by the legendary Aaliyah does not disappoint either.
  • "Once Upon a December", a hauntingly beautiful song sung by Anya as she struggles to remember why the Romanov palace feels so distantly familiar to her. For bonus points, it uses the melody of the musicbox lullaby heard at the beginning of the film, making the song's subject matter even more powerful. That Truck Driver's Gear Change for the final verse is especially chilling. Even people who dislike the film for various reasons will admit that this song, and the sequence in which it is played, is one of the best elements of the film.
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  • Rasputin gets a damn good Villain Song, "In the Dark of the Night", a soaring ensemble piece complete with an Ominous Pipe Organ and power chords (Thank you, Jim Steinman!). And backup. Sung by bugs. And Rasputin's singing voice is provided by Jim Cummings (1952). You can tell why fans were pissed that it got Adapted Out of the musical.
  • "Learn to Do It". The song is hilarious most of the time, but at one point, it freezes to show shock when 'Anastasia' gets something right that the other two haven't gone over: "I don't believe we told her that." Funny!
  • "Finale". Some of the most triumphant ending music ever heard, and accompanied by the wonderful visuals of Anya and Dimitri dancing on the boat, and finally, finally kissing.
  • "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart" perfectly captures the romance of 1920s Paris, and serves as a marvelous ensemble number.
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  • "At the Beginning", a wonderful and very memorable song that truly encapsulates what Anya and Dimitri find with each other once they get finally get together. Accompanied by shots of some of the best moments of the movie, and a lovely visual tapestry motif that reproduces Russian artistic design elements.
  • Prologue. Particularly the Ominous Russian Chanting and all the wonderful instrumental build-ups during the revolution, the struggle on the frozen Neva River, and the scene at the train station.
  • "A Rumor in St. Petersburg" is insanely catchy and fun on the level of "Be Our Guest", and introduces Dimitri and Vlad amazingly.


The Play

  • "Land of Yesterday". Great, snarky comedy + wonderful performance.
  • "Stay, I Pray You". What they did with the tune of "In the Dark of the Night" - an incredibly emotional song reflecting on something that the movie didn't, their feelings on leaving their homeland behind forever. To make it even more emotional, Count Ipolitov - who leads the song - is double-cast with Anastasia's father. In addition, repurposing Rasputin's theme as antagonist into a song of farewell to the homeland (Russia) has the heartbreaking implication that the antagonist is now the homeland itself (the Soviet Union).
  • "We'll Go From There", a rollicking tune set on a train car that you really believe is rocketing through the countryside with excellent three-part counterpoint.
  • "In A Crowd of Thousands", an absolutely beautiful duet where Dimitri sings to Anya about an encounter he had with Anastasia as a boy, before encouraging her to try and picture the scene from the Princess's point-of-view, ultimately triggering her memories when she suddenly mentions a detail from that day that Dimitri had kept to himself, causing them to both realize that she truly is the Grand Duchess.
  • "In My Dreams" is a heartwrenching, but hopeful and soaring ballad for this quietly resilient version of Anya.
  • Near the end of the play, there is a brief instrumental reference to "At the Beginning" which just brings all of the feels.
  • This rendition of "Journey to the Past", sung as a duet by Liz Callaway (the original Anastasia) and Christy Altomare (Broadway's Anastasia). Not only is it incredibly heartwarming to see their delight in each other, but their voices blend flawlessly.
  • Broadway's Anya and Dmitri, Christy Altomare and Derek Klena, duetting on "At the Beginning" at Feinstein's 54 Below. It's really too bad this song wasn't in the stage version, because these two nail it.