The Broadway Musical Anastasia Journey to the Past is based upon the conspiracy that the youngest daughter of the Romanov family Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov had survived execution and Anna Anderson’s claim is she was the lost princess. The musical moderately depicts the political and social climate of the Russian Revolution. The lifestyle Russian citizens experienced during 1927 under communist rule is exemplified through songs, such as "A Rumour in Saint Petersburg", and the influence that the rumour of Anastasia's survival cast upon society. The eradication of the aristocratic Russia is explored through lyrics of the exiled aristocrats and their perspective of the rise of communism. Bolshevik General Gleb Vaganov, the antagonist, represents the communistic perspective and the influence Bolshevik ruling had on society.
I remember a day that would have to be the saddest day of my life, yet somehow on this day, I felt a small part of happiness. I climbed down from the bus like any
other day, glad to stretch my legs after the long perilous bus trip home. The air felt different on that day; it felt heavy and cold, the heavens above were dark and grey. I remember the ground was damp underneath me and my shoes squashed in the dirt road. Inside the car it was warm, but still the air was heavy. Mum was sitting in the driver's seat her face was pale and her grey-blue eyes were slightly puffy and red, her eyes were glassy, but no tears fell from them.