Win tickets to Broadway in Fresno’s ‘Anastasia’ at Saroyan Theatre

If you’re a longtime Fresno-area theater fan, there are several reasons why you’d want to see the national tour of “Anastasia,” which opens Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Saroyan Theatre for a two-night run. For one thing, it’s a relatively new Broadway musical that most people haven’t gotten a chance to see. And, closer to home, a very familiar face is part of the cast: William Aaron Bishop (or, as I’ve usually referred to him, Will Bishop), a veteran of productions at Fresno State, Selma Arts Center, StageWorks Fresno and more. He’s part of the ensemble, and if you check out his Facebook page, you’ll learn all about the exciting times on tour he’s stepped in to cover major roles in the show.

To celebrate, I’m giving away a pair of tickets to opening night to a lucky member of The Munro Review. (A special thanks to Broadway in Fresno for making these giveaways possible.)

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To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see the comments field below) answering this question: What’s your favorite Will Bishop role you saw him play in Fresno? (Or, if you prefer, you can just say why you want to see the show.) Deadline to enter is 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

Comments (17)

  • Javier Cabrera

    Hi Donald.

    As a lover of musicals, Anastasia has been on my top list of must see musicals. Journey to the past is a fantastic song that I would love to experience live! I bet the costuming would be exciting and amazing. Thanks for all you do and keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Alice J Pierson-Knapp

    I wish that I was more familiar with Will’s work, but I would love to see this musical and see his work this time around. Thanks for this opportunity!
    Alice Pierson-Knapp

  • Stephanie Briones

    Anastasia has been on my Broadway bucket list for awhile. Fingers crossed that I get seats! 🙂

  • Janet Mills

    I tried to see every show that Stageworks put on and loved every one of them! Will was memorable in Little Shop of Horrors.

  • Jeanette Derr

    Hi Donald – I have to say I’m partial to Will’s portrayal of JD, Jason Dean in “Heathers” at Selma Art Center. Thanks for reporting on all the Arts.

  • Hi Donald! I would love to go to opening night of Anastasia! I have never seen a live production of it, and I’m thrilled to hear a Fresnan will be onstage!
    Hoping to see you out and about more this spring! And hopefully at the Fresno Master Chorale performance on April 3!

  • Olivia Hayes

    My favorite role I have seen Will play is Phoebus in Hunchback of Notre Dame! We were in the show together, one of my favorite shows I’ve been in!

  • Jenny Myers

    The Beast in Beauty and the Beast.

  • Erica Riggs

    I love the music from Anastasia

  • S Rene

    Hi Donald,
    I am so excited theatre is back in Fresno and would LOVE to see Anastasia with Will! My favorite WAB role is probably JD in Heathers.

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  • Ethel Birrell

    I loved Will as Prince Eric in Good Company Players- The Little Mermaid ! He is awesome in anything he does ❤️

  • Heather Bishop

    I loved everything but 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Hunchback were awesome.

  • Katie Segura

    Hi Donald!

    I have loved Anastasia since I was little, and when the musical came out, I fell in love with the OBC recording of “In A Crowd of Thousands.” I would love to go see this show in person for the first time, with one of our own in the ensemble! I loved Will Bishop in Putnam, Little Shop, and Heathers!

  • Lisa

    My daughter and I have enjoy this story for years. Looking forward to seeing it again! Thank you

  • Heather R

    I loved Anastasia on Broadway and would love to see it again. WAB did a phenomenal job as JD in Heathers in Selma.

  • Gary

    I have seen Will in Heathers and Hunchback. It’s been real fun to follow his journey from CN to local theater to Jersey Boys on a cruise ship. And now the national touring company of Anastasia.


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