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Two Hartford shows headed to Broadway

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Anastasia is premiering in Hartford before heading to Broadway.(WFSB photo) Anastasia is premiering in Hartford before heading to Broadway.(WFSB photo)

A Hartford theater has gained a reputation as a Broadway stepping stone.

Hartford Stage has consistently developed Broadway hits, and now the adaptation of Anastasia is next.

The show has become a popular ticket in Hartford and that's not the only show expected to move to New York.

Channel 3's Matthew Campbell spoke with the show's director Darko Tresnjak.

"If you don't want to wait for Broadway, you can see it here in Hartford, over the next 12 days," said Tresnjak.

Two years ago, Tresnjak gained acclaim for directing A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which won the Tony for best musical.

"That gives you a high degree of visibility, so everyone wants to meet you," said Tresnjak.

After the show's success, he brought an adaptation of Rear Window to the Hartford Stage, which attracted the attention of Kevin Bacon.

"It looks like there are plans for Rear Window also to move over the next year," said Tresnjak.

He's even brought world wide recognition to the Hartford theater.

"We're breaking all the records, people have come from New Zealand, Germany, England, all over Europe, Russia, all over the United States," said Tresnjak.

The director has been through hundreds of scripts and said it takes a truly special play to interest him.

"I call it the divine spark, it either has it or it doesn't, so when you get a hold of an amazing new musical, or a play where the ideas just jump off the page, then you try and grab it," said Tresnjak.

The Tony Awards air Sunday right here on Eyewitness News.

With two shows going to Broadway, it's likely a Hartford show will take center stage next year.

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