NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Makes $10,000 Donation to Human Rights Watch
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will stand with the Russian LGBT community and to support one of the great advocates for human rights, Human Rights Watch, in their work to end discrimination and abuse against the LGBT community in Russia. The producers of The Great Comet will make a donation of $10,000 plus all food and beverage sales from the show's first performance in the Theater District. In addition, they will contribute all proceeds from a special first night after-party beginning 11pm this Friday, September 27, which is open to the public with or without a ticket to The Great Comet. Attendance at the party is free of charge and will feature live entertainment and an opportunity for guests to show their support for the Russian LGBT community.
The show's lead producers, Howard & Janet Kagan: "As we invite audiences into our own version of an opulent supper club celebrating Tolstoy's Russia, we hope to see a contemporary Russia that supports its LGBT community. We are glad to support Human Rights Watch in their efforts to bring that vision to reality. Also, at Kazino, we promise that until the rights of the Russian LGBT community are ensured, we will only pour vodkas made in the US and Northern and Western Europe."
Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives for Human Rights Watch: "Now is one of the most important times to stand with Russia's LGBT community against hate and homophobia. We are grateful and excited to partner with the team behind The Great Comet of 1812 to help get the word out about this harrowing human rights crisis."
Human Rights Watch is working to protect the rights of LGBT individuals in Russia, to overturn the recently passed Russian law that discriminates against the LGBT community and to identify and raise awareness of abuse and discrimination that occurs against the Russian LGBT community
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 which concluded a hit summer engagement downtown on September 2nd, will take up residence in the Broadway Theater District, on West 45th Street between Times Square and 8thAvenue, for a 14-week limited run beginning September 27th. Since its first production at Ars Nova in the fall of 2012, the show has become a sensation, meriting expansion this summer to a 199 seat pop-up supper club built specifically for the production in the Meatpacking District. After playing to packed houses since May, producers Howard & Janet Kagan will bring Dave Malloy's acclaimed electopop opera and its opulent custom venue - Kazino - to the heart of the theater district.
Tickets are on sale through Telecharge.com. NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will run through December 31st at its new location. Tickets are priced at $125 with prime and premium seating available for $175 and $237.50, respectively. The playing schedule will be as follows: Tuesdays at 8, Wednesdays at 2 and 8, Thursdays at 8, Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 2 and 8, and Sundays at 3. Audiences will receive an assortment of Russian snacks at their tables, including the show's signature pierogies.
Directed by Rachel Chavkin, NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 has been showered with rave reviews and a host of accolades, including the 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, a Special Citation from the OBIE Awards, five Drama Desk Award Nominations (Outstanding New Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design), two Drama League Award nominations (Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Performance - Phillipa Soo), and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Outstanding New Musical.
The cast of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 includes: David Abeles as 'Pierre,' Brittain Ashford as 'Sonya,'Blake DeLong as 'Bolkonsky/Andrey,' Amber Gray as 'Hélène,' Nick Choksi as 'Dolokhov', Grace McLean as 'Marya D,' Ashkon Davaran as 'Balaga,' Phillipa Soo as 'Natasha,' Lucas Steele as 'Anatole.' and Shaina Taub as 'Princess Mary.' The cast also featuresCatherine Brookman, Ken Clark, Luke Holloway, Azudi Onyejekwe, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin.