Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 2016

Run Time:
Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 12+
Opened: November 14, 2016
Closing: September 03, 2017

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 - 2016 - Broadway History , Info & More

Imperial Theatre (Broadway)
249 West 45th St. New York, NY

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 ingenue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiance 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 groundbreaking 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).


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Josh Groban and a stunning set light up 'Great Comet of 1812'
8 / 10

'Great Comet' goes so much further than any of those aspirational predecessors, with Lien and her team sending part of the audience through a faux-Soviet backstage, building a series of walkways that can carry actors to the back of the balcony, installing ramps and catwalks throughout the orchestra and stuffing the stage with risers and banquettes that really do look like they were built with the rest of the theater. (Bradley King's lights seem to explode everywhere.) It's a seamless work of retrofit design that will, I think, carry historical import. Especially when combined with Malloy's quirky, unconventional and thoroughly beguiling suite of songs.

Theater review: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 casts a bright new light on Broadway
10 / 10

Dave Malloy's mercifully transporting musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is both a celebration and a cause for it. Mimi Lien's stunning set design transforms the stately Imperial Theatre into an ornate red-and-gold Russian nightclub, with stairs that wind up to the mezzanine, a sinuous catwalk that cuts through the orchestra and musicians planted strategically throughout the space. Members of the cast scatter into the audience and sit next to spectators at cabaret-style tables onstage. Director Rachel Chavkin's approach to the show-spectacular yet intimate, theatrical yet personal-is an ideal complement to Malloy's brilliantly unconventional musical, which breathes modern life into a section of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.

A New Life: Will Broadway's GREAT COMET Soar Over London's West End?
by A.A. Cristi - September 21, 2017


Now that Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 has played its final performance on Broadway, plans for other productions could be in the works for the gleaming musical spectacle.

GREAT COMET Announces Sale of Final Rush Tickets
by Julie Musbach - September 2, 2017


Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 will play its final performance tomorrow, Sunday September 3. The show has announced via Twitter that all rush tickets for the final performance have been sold.

Happy Trails: THE GREAT COMET Shines Last Light on Broadway Today
by Stephi Wild - September 3, 2017


Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 closes today, September 3. The twelve-time Tony nominated new musical concludes its run just weeks after the controversy of replacing Okieriete Onaodowan with Mandy Patinkin - who withdrew from the production following public outcry.

BWW Retrospective: And What About Pierre? Looking Back at GREAT COMET's Four Pierres
by Kerry Breen - September 3, 2017


Four actors have taken to the Imperial Theater's stage as the titular Pierre Bezukhov during the Broadway run of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 - read on for a comparison of their performances!

Photo Coverage: THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Performs at Broadway at W
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - August 28, 2017


Cast members from the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 celebrated their Broadway run with an encore performance at Broadway at W New York on Sunday, August 27th at 7:30 pm. Great Comet creator Dave Malloy joined the cast in celebrating their Tony Award nominated production. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos from the evening below!

THE GREAT COMET Cast Return to Broadway At W This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2017


Cast members from the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 will celebrate their Broadway run with an encore performance at Broadway at W New York on Sunday, August 27th at 7:30 pm. Great Comet creator Dave Malloy will join the cast in celebrating their Tony Award nominated production.

Oak Onaodowan Dedicates His Final GREAT COMET Performance to Charlottesville Victim
by Julie Musbach - August 13, 2017


Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan plays his final performance as Pierre in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 today, and in light of the tragic events taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia, he has dedicated his final performance to Heather Heyer who was killed when a car drove through the crowd.

Breaking: THE GREAT COMET Announces September Broadway Closing; Final Performers for Role of 'Pierre'
by Nicole Rosky - August 8, 2017


This just in - NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will play its final performance on Broadway Sunday, September 3rd at the Imperial Theatre.

What About the Swings? Celia Mei Rubin Reveals Her Main Challenge as Assistant Dance Captain for THE GREAT COMET
by Danielle Ashley - August 3, 2017


In the latest episode of BroadwayWorld's DANCE CAPTAIN DANCE ATTACK, Broadway buddy Ben Cameron got a glimpse into the life of THE GREAT COMET's dance captain Celia Mei Rubin! As dance captain, one of Rubin's responsibilities is to handle split tracks and cut shows.

Sunday Update: THE GREAT COMET's Azudi Onyejekwe Addresses Casting Controversy
by Robert Diamond - July 30, 2017


On social media, cast member Azudi Onyejekwe has weighed in with his take on the situation and it's a must-read. 

Mandy Patinkin Withdraws From Broadway's GREAT COMET Following Casting Controversy
by Alan Henry - July 28, 2017


As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his long-awaited return to Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring as 'Pierre' from August 15 - September 3 only. Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, currently playing the role, will play his final performance as 'Pierre' on August 13.

Dave Malloy Reveals GREAT COMET Was 'On Brink of Closing' and Apologizes for 'Racial Optics'
by Alan Henry - July 28, 2017


As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his long-awaited return to Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring as 'Pierre' from August 15 - September 3 only. Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, currently playing the role, will play his final performance as 'Pierre' on August 13.

Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan Opens Up About GREAT COMET Exit - 'I Will Not Be Returning'
by Nicole Rosky - July 28, 2017


As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his long-awaited return to Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring as 'Pierre' from August 15 - September 3 only. Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, currently playing the role, will play his final performance as 'Pierre' on August 13.

VIDEO: Mandy Patinkin Reveals What Lured Him Back to Broadway
by Caryn Robbins - July 27, 2017


Actor Mandy Patinkin is taking over the role of Pierre in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. The actor stopped by this morning's TODAY to share that he felt the show was “so infectious” he had to be part of it.

What About Oak? GREAT COMET Producer Explains Okieriete Onaodowan's Exit
by Nicole Rosky - July 26, 2017


So what happened to Oak? Producer Howard Kagan explains: 'This continues our show's remarkable history of having great actors and singers see the show as audience members, only to tell us they are inspired to join the cast! Whenever possible we will accommodate them as we did here with Mandy and his Homeland TV schedule. Oak, who was scheduled to appear as Pierre for this period graciously agreed to make room for Mandy, and we sincerely hope that Oak will return to us in the fall or winter. He is a terrific Pierre.'

BWW Flashback: We're Thinkin' Patinkin- The Best of THE GREAT COMET's New Star!
by Nicole Rosky - July 26, 2017


We've got Mandy on the brain. As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his long-awaited return to Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring as 'Pierre' from August 15 - September 3 only.

Mandy Patinkin to Return to Broadway as 'Pierre' in THE GREAT COMET
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2017


Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his long-awaited return to Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring as 'Pierre' from August 15 - September 3 only.

VIDEO: GREAT COMET Takes Center Stage at Broadway in the Boros!
by Nicole Rosky - July 25, 2017


Below, watch as The Great Comet ensemble member Ashley Perez Flanagan performs 'Sonya Alone'!

VIDEO: There's a War Going on Out There in Westeros! GREAT COMET Covers GAME OF THRONES Theme
by Julie Musbach - July 16, 2017


The Imperial is no stranger to accomplished musicians, but it's no doubt that GREAT COMET has brought a whole new level of musical genius to the stage. The latest in a long line of artistic shenanigans is a cover of the epic Game of Thrones theme song to celebrate the show's return tonight. Check out the video below!

BWW Interview: Ingrid Michaelson Finds Her Way to Broadway by the Light of THE GREAT COMET
by Nicole Rosky - July 14, 2017


Ingrid Michaelson has more than one reason to celebrate this summer. Following the release of her latest EP, Alter Egos, the multi-platinum recording artist is calling the Imperial Theatre home, playing Sonya in the Tony Award-winning musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Michaelson's trip to Imperial Russia will be brief, as the songstress will only be performing the role through August 15, while Brittain Ashford, who originated the role takes a temporary leave from the show.

Photo Coverage: Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan Takes First Bows in THE GREAT COMET!
by Jennifer Broski - July 12, 2017


Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, has officially joined the cast of the new Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as 'Pierre' beginning last night, July 11th, 2017.

Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut Tonight
by Nicole Rosky - July 11, 2017


Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, will officially join the cast of the new Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as 'Pierre' beginning tonight, July 11th, 2017.

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 History

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2013   Off-Broadway Original Off-Broadway Production
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2016   Broadway Original Broadway Production
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Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 - 2016 Broadway Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2017 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Costume Design Paloma Young
2017 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Featured Actor in a Musical Lucas Steele
2017 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Lighting Design Bradley King
2017 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Scenic Design Mimi Lien
2017 BroadwayWorld Awards Best Sound Design of a Musical Nicholas Pope
2017 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Director of a Musical Rachel Chavkin
2017 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical Bradley King
2017 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Set Design for a Musical Mimi Lien
2017 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical Nicholas Pope
2017 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Denee Benton
2017 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Josh Groban
2017 Drama League Awards Outstanding Production of a Broadway of Off-Broadway Musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Bradley King
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical) Mimi Lien
2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical) Nicholas Pope
2017 Theatre World Awards Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance Josh Groban
2017 Theatre World Awards Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance Denée Benton
2017 Theatre World Awards Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance Amber Gray
2017 Theatre World Awards Special Theatre World Honoree Dave Malloy
2017 Tony Awards Best Book of a Musical Dave Malloy
2017 Tony Awards Best Choreography Sam Pinkleton
2017 Tony Awards Best Costume Design of a Musical Paloma Young
2017 Tony Awards Best Direction of a Musical Rachel Chavkin
2017 Tony Awards Best Lighting Design of a Musical Bradley King
2017 Tony Awards Best Lighting Design of a Musical Bradley King
2017 Tony Awards Best Orchestrations Dave Malloy
2017 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Dave Malloy
2017 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Lucas Steele
2017 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Josh Groban
2017 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Denée Benton
2017 Tony Awards Best Scenic Design of a Musical Mimi Lien

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