Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is a musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, with music and libretto by Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin. It is based on Volume 2, Part 5 of War and Peace, focusing on Natasha’s affair with Anatole, and Pierre’s search for meaning in his life.
The team behind the original production remounted the show at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts from December 2015 to January 2016. The production will open on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on November 14, 2016, starring Josh Groban as Pierre and Denée Benton as Natasha, both making their Broadway debuts.
The Great Comet at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway
Denée Benton – Natasha
Broadway debut Josh Groban – Pierre
Broadway debut Brittain Ashford – Sonya
Broadway debut Gelsey Bell – Princess Mary
Broadway debut Nicholas Belton – Bolkonsky/Andrey Nick Choksi – Dolokhov
Broadway debut Amber Gray – Helene
Broadway debut Grace McLean – Marya D
Broadway debut Paul Pinto – Balaga
Broadway debut Lucas Steele – Anatole
Book by Dave Malloy
Music by Dave Malloy
Lyrics by Dave Malloy
Musical Director: Or Matias
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Choreographed by Sam Pinkleton
Scenic Design by Mimi Lien
Costume Design by Paloma Young
Lighting Design by Bradley King
Sound Design by Nicholas Pope
Production Stage Manager: Karyn Meek
Musical Supervisor: Sonny Paladino
Natasha, Pierre & THE GREAT COMET of 1812 stars multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban in his Broadway debut. Inspired by a 70-page slice of War and Peace, this “vibrant, thrillingly imagined new musical” (The New York Times) is “stunning and blazingly original” (Entertainment Weekly) and brings us just inches from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers as they light up Moscow in a “heaven-sent fireball” (The New York Times) of romance and passion.
NATASHA IS YOUNG, ANATOLE IS HOT, AND ANDREY ISN’T HERE… BUT WHAT ABOUT PIERRE? Natasha is a beautiful ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancé Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but already married) Anatole and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre (Groban), the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.
“One of the decade’s best musicals” (Time Out New York), THE GREAT COMET has “rousing music and ravishing performances” (Daily News) with a ground-breaking score that mixes rock, pop, soul, folk and electronic dance music with classic Broadway. THE GREAT COMET arrives fresh off its sold-out run in Boston and its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere. Its renowned creative team has reimagined the Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, where every seat provides a unique perspective and an unforgettable experience which is “thrilling, a feast for the senses” (Associated Press) and
“inventive, ravishing and full-on romantic” (New York Post).