Spotlight on: "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"
Josh Groban and Denée Benton star in a new musical inspired by a 70-page slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
ABOUT THE SHOW
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, the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.
- The creative team has reimagined the Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, reconfiguring the space to put theatregoers right in the middle of the show’s action.
- The show’s source material is a section of Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 epic novel War and Peace, which charts the history and aftermath of the French invasion of Tsarist Russia under Napoleon. The novel clocks in at around 1,300 pages, but the segment that inspired Natasha and Pierre (volume 2, part 5) is about 70 pages long, or approximately 5% of the novel.
HISTORYThe Great Comet
was originally commissioned and developed at Ars Nova where it had its world premiere Off Broadway in the fall of 2012. The show transferred to a custom-built venue in NYC’s Meatpacking District, and then moved to the Theatre District. An original cast album
was released in 2013. The musical subsequently played a pre-Broadway engagement at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.