BY: FRANCESCA BRILLI
Christy Altomare announced her engagement to long time boyfriend Pete Browning on Instagram yesterday. The post was met with an outpouring of love and support from castmates, friends, and fans alike.
Altomare, who is best known for portraying the titular role of Anya in Broadway’s Anastasia, has been previously seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, off-Broadway in the 2012 revival of Carrie: The Musical, and on the first national tour of Spring Awakening as Wendla. Her new fiancé is a firefighter.
Before Altomare was a Grand Duchess on Broadway, she studied at the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, and received her BFA in 2008. After graduating, Altomare joined the first national tour of Spring Awakening as Wendla Bergman. On tour, Altomare performed in 44 cities across the United States. After the tour ended, Altomare appeared as Sue Snell in the most recent off-Broadway revival of Carrie: The Musical alongside Derek Klena as Tommy Ross. They later reunited on Broadway when Klena played opposite Altomare as Dmitry in Anastasia — a role that is currently being played by the one and only Cody Simpson.
Carrie ran for a total of 34 previews and 46 performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. After wrapping up her time at the Lucille Lortel in the West Village, Altomare headed uptown where she would make her debut on the Great White Way as Sophie in Broadway’s Mamma Mia!.
In March of 2016, it was announced that Altomare would be taking on the role of Anya in the World Premiere of Anastasia at Hartford Stage in Connecticut. In their out-of-town run, Altomare received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. Anastasia began Broadway previews on March 23, 2017 with an official opening on April 24, 2017. Altomare is still currently staring as the Grand Duchess Anastasia on Broadway, as well as at the Stage Door of the Broadhurst, where she is often seen engaging with every single “fanastasia” after the show.
Anastasia is currently playing at the Broadhurst Theatre at 235 West 44th Street and tickets are in play at Broadway Roulette.