Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dave Malloy
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Starring Josh Groban (Broadway Debut) and Denée Benton (Broadway debut)
Broadway's Imperial Theatre, beginning October 2016. Opens November 14, 2016
Howard and Janet Kagan (On the Town) and Paula Marie Black are producing.
Natasha is young, Anatole is hot, and Andrey isn't here…. But what about Pierre? Based on a scandalous 70-page slice of War and Peace, this new musical is Tolstoy like you've never experienced him before. Step into a glamorous, romantic world of chandeliers, vodka and caviar in the salons and opera houses of 19th century Moscow, where passions ignite as Napoleon's war rages outside the city. With the cast and musicians swirling among audience members, this new musical brings to life the heart of literature's most epic tale of love and fate. [more]
The company of "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo by Evgenia Eliseev)
December 14, 2015: Can ‘Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812’ Bring Immersive Theatre to Broadway? —American Theatre >>
The electro-pop musical is challenging traditional theatre barriers in content, design, and architecture.
The show was originally staged (by director Rachel Chavkin, also on board for Broadway) in an immersive, environmental production that played first at Off Broadway venue Ars Nova and then in a tent in two different Manhattan locations. But the Broadway production will shift into a traditional proscenium set-up while still maintaining elements of the immersive staging. The design by Mimi Lien is currently getting a pre-Broadway tryout during the current engagement of “The Great Comet” at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where the show plays through Jan. 3.
Led by Groban and Benton, the cast of THE GREAT COMET will include Brittain Ashford* as 'Sonya,'Gelsey Bell* as 'Princess Mary,' Nicholas Belton as 'Bolkonsky/Andrey,' Nick Choksi* as 'Dolokhov,'Amber Gray* as 'Helene,' Grace McLean* as 'Marya D,' Paul Pinto* as 'Balaga,' Scott Stangland as 'Pierre' (standby), and Lucas Steele as 'Anatole.' The ensemble includes Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett*, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark*, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan*, Nick Gaswirth,Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein*, Heath Saunders*, Katrina Yaukey, and Lauren Zakrin.