The Great Comet



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. Moscow, 1812, just before Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and the burning of the city. As the story begins (“Prologue”) Pierre, a wealthy middle-aged aristocrat is having an existential crisis, living a slothful life of wine, philosophy and inaction (“Pierre”). He is best friends with Prince Andrey, who has left to go to war. Andrey has recently become engaged to the young, beautiful countess Natasha Rostova.

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

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Denée Benton – Natasha
Josh Groban – Pierre
Brittain Ashford – Sonya
Gelsey Bell – Princess Mary
Nicholas Belton – Bolkonsky/Andrey
Nick Choksi – Dolokhov
Amber Gray – Helene
Grace McLean – Marya D
Paul Pinto – Balaga
Lucas Steele –  Anatole


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Imperial Theatre


The Imperial Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 249 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan. The theatre seats up to 1417 people. The Shubert Organization’s fiftieth venue in New York City, it was constructed to replace their outdated Lyric Theatre. Designed by Herbert J. Krapp specifically to accommodate musical theatre productions, it opened on December 25, 1923 with the Oscar Hammerstein II-Vincent Youmans production Mary Jane McKane. Since then, it has hosted numerous important musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), Dreamgirls (1981), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1985) and Les Misérables (1990), which played at the theatre until 2003. Billy Elliot the Musical played at the theatre from November 2008 until January 2012.


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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).

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Now at the Imperial Theatre Broadway

The Great Comet