Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Show DescriptionNatasha 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 fiancée 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 (Josh 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.
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" (NY Times) brings us just inches from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers as they light up Moscow in a “heaven-sent fireball" (NY Times) of romance and passion.
The Great Comet arrives fresh off its sold-out run in Boston and its critically acclaimed 2013 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. Dave Malloy has adapted a section of the book into a libretto, which he set to his original score that merges Russian folk and classical music with indie rock, electronica, and organ-influenced cadences.
“A JOYOUS AFFAIR! THE GREAT COMET FEELS LIKE A PARTY FROM START TO END.
The slice of Tolstoy’s novel adapted by Dave Malloy has very little war, but none of its characters are at peace; high-strung high-society Muscovites, they are buffeted by competing forces of passion and honor. The dazzling score—which covers musical terrain from folk songs through rock, R&B and house music — captures their story in stirring and surprising ways; it is superbly performed throughout. This is a rare and marvelous event: amid the din of New York, an oasis of artful illumination. Director Rachel Chavkin’s staging preserves the sense of convivial welcome that makes the show feel magical. The musical is set in 19th-century Moscow but is straightforwardly a performance in the present. Each scene takes you by surprise; each song takes you for a whirl. Inventive and thoughtful, knowingly sincere, this is theater like no other in New York. It grounds you and transports you at once, and leaves you beaming with pleasure."
Only moments into the show I breathed a happy sigh of relief. Under the astute eye of the director, Rachel Chavkin — one of the most gifted working today — the show remains a witty, inventive enchantment from rousing start to mournful finish. It is both the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since “Hamilton,” and an inspiring sign that the commercial theater can continue to make room for the new. (Heresy alert: I prefer this show to that one.)Oh, and as for Mr. Groban, making his Broadway debut? He’s not merely adequate; he’s absolutely wonderful.
“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” with Josh Groban and Denee Benton in the title roles, is a luscious, 360-degree immersive experience that feels like being smothered in velvet. After transferring seamlessly from Ars Nova to Kazino, Dave Malloy’s innovative musical treatment of a tiny wedge of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” has re-surfaced at the structurally revamped Imperial Theater in a Broadway transfer of the original, wondrously well-staged production by director Rachel Chavkin.