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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

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Winner of 2 Tony Awards

Closed September 3, 2017

"It is both the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since 'Hamilton'!"

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Why See Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812?

Last show September 3

This ravishing adaptation draws from some of the most scandalous pages from Tolstoy's epic, War and Peace. Reimagined as a transporting electro-pop opera, writer Dave Malloy immerses us in the decadent world of the Russian Aristocracy, with all the trappings of romance, passion, caviar and vodka as the lives of the titular characters are changed forever under the light of certain cosmic phenomenon.

With a score that merges elements of Russian folk sounds, classical music and indie rock accents, this sung-through musical is a dazzling delight, and the winner of the 2017 Drama Desk Awards for Direction, and Set, Lighting and Sound Design. With book, music and lyrics from Malloy and direction from Rachel Chavkin, the show breaks the bounds of the regular theatrical experience, with the performers immersing themselves in the audience, bringing the action directly to you! It's no surprise the show was nominated for 12 Tonys, and won two of them!

What's the story?

Moscow glitters in the winter of 1812 as the decadence of the salons and opera houses continue to captivate the upper classes. War will soon be upon them, but the only battles to be fought for now are those of the heart. Into this twinkling chandelier paradise comes Natasha (Denee Benton), young, beautiful, engaged. Charged with spending the season with her Godmother, she and her cousin Sonya find the city to be most diverting and it is not long until Natasha is noticed by Anatole, roguish, handsome and very married. He steals her heart, taking her mind very far from her soldier fiance Andrey.

With a scandal on the horizon, Pierre, a wealthy young man on the verge of existential crisis, is drafted in by the Godmother to put a stop to any dishonor and save Natasha from social ruin. Without ever meeting the girl he sets out to help smooth things over, hoping to find himself a little bit of meaning on the way...

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Dates

Previews from: 18 October 2016

Opening night: 14 November 2016

Audience

May not be suitable for those under twelve years of age

Run time

2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Cast and Creative

Cast

Okieriete Onaodowan as Pierre (until August 13)
Dave Molloy as Pierre (from August 21)
Denee Benton as Natasha
Ingrid Michaelson as Sonya (through August 13)
Brittain Ashford as Sonya (from August 15)
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
Lucas Steele as Anatole
Scott Stangland as standby Pierre

Ensemble
Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Kennedy Caughell, Erica Dorfler, Ashley Perez Flanagan, Alex Gibson, Mary Spencer Knapp, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Lulu Fall, Nick Gaswirth, Billy Joe Kiessling, Blaine Auden Krauss, Reed Luplau, Andrew Mayer, Shoba Narayan, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Cathyrn Wake, Brandt Martinez, Mary Page Nance, Azudi Onyejekwe,Celia Mei Rubin, Ani Taj, Katrina Yaukey and Lauren Zakrin

Creative

Book, Music and Lyrics by Dave Malloy
Direction by Rachel Chavkin
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Set design by Mimi Lien
Costume design by Paloma Young
Lighting design by Bradley King
Sound design by Nicholas Pope
Music supervision by Sonny Paladino
Musical direction by Or Matias

Awards

2017 TONY AWARDS Wins

Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Mimi Lien
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Bradley King

2017 Tony Awards Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical - Dave Malloy
Best Original Score - Dave Malloy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Josh Groban
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Denee Benton
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Lucas Steele
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Mimi Lien
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Paloma Young
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Bradley King
Best Direction of a Musical - Rachel Chavkin
Best Choreography - Sam Pinkleton
Best Orchestrations - Dave MalloyDone

2017 DRAMA DESK WINS

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

2017 DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

What you thought

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5.0 star rating

Paula Lewis: “Brilliant performance!”

This musical was absolutely magical! Every single cast member is enormously... more

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