NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Coming to Broadway in 2014?
Last fall, Dave Malloy's electropop opera NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 premiered at New York City's Ars Nova in a seven-week sold out run. This spring, the Comet will land again, in a big way, at Kazino - a brand new venue created specifically for the show. Audiences will be transported to a Russian supper club, complete with an authentic Russian menu and bar, by way of a temporary structure that will rise at the corner of West 13th Street and Washington Street - wedged between The High Line and The Standard Hotel in the heart of New York's meatpacking district.
According to the New York Times, the show might aim for a bigger stage next season- Broadway. 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.'
Following the Ars Nova engagement, producers Howard & Janet Kagan were approached with numerous transfer options ranging from traditional theaters to raw spaces before deciding to create a wholly original space inspired by the show itself, in partnership with Randy Weiner and Simon Hammerstein. Randy Weiner, producer of the immersive-theatre phenomenon Sleep No More, and Simon Hammerstein, the international nightlife impresario, together created perennial New York hotspot The Box (New York, London) and its sister club, The Act (Las Vegas, Dubai). Their latest creation, Kazino, will open its doors May 1 with the first preview of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 and will remain open through September 1 only. An official opening night will be announced at a later date.
"We were so inspired by this show and its tremendous ingenuity, that we felt compelled to expand upon the experience created at Ars Nova," said producers Howard & Janet Kagan. "Randy and Simon have both built iconic New York cultural and nightlife destinations and are the ideal partners to take an already exciting show and make it an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience as original as New York itself."
"Howard and Janet's production of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will be more than just a stunning theatrical production; it will be a bona fide only-in-New York event," added Randy Weiner. "Simon and I were inspired by the world of the show to heighten and augment the experience. We are creating our own unique take on a Russian supper club, a world of mystery and mystique that will entice and entertain audiences before, during, and after the show."
Every ticket to NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, priced at $125 (premium seating is available for $175), will include a full Russian-style dinner. Kazino will be open six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday) with doors open at 4pm on weekdays and 12pm on weekends. At its center will be eight performances per week of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, complemented by an array of pre- and post-show live supper club entertainment and a full gourmet menu and bar. Kazino, will be open for food, drink, and live entertainment from the time doors open until closing. Seating at Kazino for the show NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will require a ticket to the performance.
The full dining and cocktail menu for Kazino will be announced at a later date.
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, the recent recipient of the 2013 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater, invites you to join Tolstoy's brash young lovers for an evening you'll never forget, as vodka flows and passions ignite in Dave Malloy's electropop opera, ripped from a slice of War and Peace. At once stunning, sensual, and inspired, this singular theatrical event promises "a rare and marvelous event: amidst the din of New York, an oasis of artful illumination." (Time Out New York)
Tickets are now on sale www.thegreatcometof1812.com. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday 2pm and 7pm.
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will feature 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.'