Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 Summary

  • Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 18, 2016
  • Opens November 14, 2016
  • Show Closed: September 3, 2017

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is an inventive new musical that made the rare but ravishing journey from a small Off-Broadway to Broadway. This exciting new musical is based off a specific passage of the epic novel "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy. It is very experimental in nature, concerning romantic entanglements in Moscow in the 19th century, but portrayed through what has been billed as an edgy electro-opera.

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway Background

Originally premiering in 2012 at Ars Nova, the show was then extended to a custom pop-up venue performed in a tent along with dinner being served. Originally in the chic meatpacking district, the tent was then moved to a vacant lot in the Broadway district. The show has since been reconceived for the proscenium format, and premiered in this new rendition at the innovative American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is this version that arrives on Broadway. The show is directed by Rachel Chavkin, who has helmed the show since its original incarnation, and who makes her Broadway directorial debut with the show. Stepping into the lead role of Pierre is the extremely well known singer-songwriter Josh Groban, whose hit songs include “You Raise Me Up,” “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up),” “Now or Never,” “Hidden Away,” and “Você Existe Em Mim.” Full casting for Natasha,Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 has yet to be announced.

What’s Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 Like?

Upon premiering Off-Broadway, The New York Times deemed it a Critics’ Pick, calling it “vibrant” and “transporting,” and finding it to be an extremely profound pleasure to watch. Like the novel on which it is based, the show deals with the elusive nature of happiness, focusing on a protagonist, Pierre played by Josh Groban who is troubled by his own spiritual quest. Groban makes his Broadway debut with this show, stepping into the role originally played by the show’s creator, Dave Malloy. Denee Benton plays Natasha, who is Pierre's love interest. Nevertheless, the love story is also at the heart of this show, making it a fascinating portrait of a story that may be old, but the format is exceedingly new.

Is Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 Good for Kids?

The show is recommended for those aged 14 and up, due to mature themes of intimacy and alcohol consumption. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,417
Entrance: 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

Imperial Theatre Seating Chart

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 Marquee

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 Marquee

Cast Members

Pierre
Dave Malloy
Natasha
Denée Benton
Balaga
Paul Pinto
Dolokhov
Nick Choksi
Marya D
Grace McLean
Princess Mary
Gelsey Bell
Anatole
Lucas Steele
Helene
Amber Gray

Producers

Paula Marie Black

Janet Kagan

Howard Kagan

Production Credits

Direction
Rachel Chavkin
Choreography
Sam Pinkleton
Costume Design
Paloma Young
Light Design
Bradley King
Sound Design
Matthew Hubbs
Set Design
Mimi Lien
Music Supervisor
Sonny Paladino
Musical Direction
Or Matias
Lyrics + Music
Dave Malloy
Production Stage Manager
Karyn Meek

Creative Team

Press Agent
Matt Ross Public Relations
General Manager
Andrew Jones at Baseline Theatrical
Company Manager
Roseanna Sharrow at Baseline Theatrical
Technical Supervisor
Hudson Theatrical Associates
Advertising Representative
SPOTCo
Casting Director
Stewart/Whitley Casting