Running since October 2016 A romantic lover's triangle set against the backdrop of 19th century Russia is the story of this inspired and critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."
From the producers: Natasha is young, Anatole is hot, and Andrey isn't here… but what about Pierre? Natasha is a beautiful ingenue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancee 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, the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption...and to the renewal of his own soul.
Audience Note: Strobe lights are used in this production.
"Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" (shortened to "The Great Comet") premiered in New York at Ars Nova Theatre Off-Broadway in 2012, and moved first to a tent in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan in May 2013, and then the tented production moved to a vacant lot in the Times Square theatre district later in 2013. In 2015 the show was restaged at American Repertory Theatre in Boston, expanding the show's signature intimate staging to a traditional proscenium-style theatre.
Josh Groban played his final performance as Pierre on 7/2. Beginning 7/11, original "Hamilton" cast member Okieriete Onaodowan assumes the role. Composer Dave Malloy plays the role 7/3 - 7/9.
The cast of "The Great Comet" is headed by former "Hamilton" cast member Okieriete Onaodowan as Pierre. He is joined by Denee Benton, who is making her Broadway debut. Benton is reprising the role of Natasha that she played in the previous engagement of the musical at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.
Richly imaginative...[the] immersive world has been realized ingeniously. The large talented cast delivers the goods in director Chavkin's lively staging and there's much to admire in Molloy's wistful arias and rowdy beats. The production sometimes stalls and loses impact amid the sprawl and spectacle. Still, the show is bold and affecting.
[An] immersive experience...but one without any heart. It's pure showmanship with none of the emotional payoff. The addiction to descriptive passages grows weary and sometime seems just plain odd. The musical never finds a tonal sweet spot. [The production] got bigger without gaining any depth.
May 20, 2017
I loved the interaction between the actors wandering and mingling with the audience.
The lanterns greater intensity as the music and actors' involvement became more intense. The actors' entrances and exits didn't distract one's attention from those actors who were performing elsewhere on the stage.
January 7, 2017
An operatic presentation that brings the audience into the production as well. A wonderful production with beautiful singing.