NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Considering Broadway Transfer
According to the New York Post's Michael Riedel, Dave Malloy's electropop opera NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 is considering a Fall transfer to Broadway's Jujamcyn-owned St. James theater.
The show, which is currently running in New York's Meatpacking District, will soon be forced to leave its space, prompting producers to search for a new home.
The show premiered at New York City's Ars Nova last fall for a seven-week sold out run. It was resurrected this Spring at Kazino - a brand new venue created specifically for the show in which audiences are transported to a Russian supper club, complete with an authentic Russian menu and bar, by way of a temporary structure that rises at the corner of West 13th Street and Washington Street - wedged between The High Line and The Standard Hotel.
According to Riedel, producers are willing to pay to have all the seats removed from the St. James in order that the set be recreated in its entirety. The production would have a limited run due to the St.James-bound "Bullets Over Broadway" 13 weeks later.
BWW reported in March that producers had their eye on a Broadway transfer for the coming season. At the time, producer Howard Kagan told the New York Times that he is looking into bringing the experience to a Broadway theatre by 'putting a giant platform of tables, banquettes and performing space over the orchestra seats.'
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 features direction by Rachel Chavkin and many of the original cast members from Ars Nova: Brittain Ashford as 'Sonya,' Gelsey Bell as 'Princess Mary,' Blake DeLong as 'Bolkonsky/Andrey,' Amber Gray as 'Helene,' Ian Lassiter as 'Dolokhov,' Dave Malloy as 'Pierre,' Grace McLean as 'Marya D,' Paul Pinto as 'Balaga,' Phillipa Soo as 'Natasha,' and Lucas Steele as 'Anatole.'