Twelve 2017 Tony Award Nominations:
Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Josh Groban), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Denée Benton), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Lucas Steele), Best Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical
A Dramatic and Romantic Slice of Tolstoy:
The Great Comet (a.k.a. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) stars Grammy nominee Josh Groban in an inspired and critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
From the Producers:
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 fiancee 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, the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption…and to the renewal of his own soul.
A Long and Varied Journey to Broadway:
The Great Comet premiered in 2012 at NYC’s Ars Nova, staged as an immersive production, with action happening around and among the audience. The set transformed Ars Nova into a Russian Club. From May to September 2013, the show played in the Meatpacking District at Kazino, a temporary structure designed as an opulent Russian club, where the immersive production was staged, again by the same creative team. The show then moved to the Theater District where it was extended and ran until March 2014. In September 2014, the show had its South American premiere, at Teatro Parapluie in Quito, Ecuador, in a Spanish language production. The team behind the original production remounted the show at the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with performances beginning December 2015 to January 2016. Now expanded to a proscenium stage, the set put audience onstage, with unique seating options, with banquette and dining tables added. The Broadway production at the Imperial Theatre began in October 2016. With sets similar to the A.R.T. remounting, the production took the proscenium stage, but removed almost 200 seats from the audience to accommodate the design. Again, the options of stage seats, in banquettes or dining tables is available. The Great Comet was the first production of Ars Nova to ever transfer to Broadway.
New York Daily News: “Richly imaginative…The large talented cast delivers the goods in director Chavkin’s lively staging and there’s much to admire in Molloy’s wistful arias and rowdy beats.”
New York Post: “Magical…the brilliant director Chavkin and designer Lien have brazenly reconfigured a Broadway theater in ways you’ve never experienced. ”
New York Times: “Rapturous…the show remains a witty, inventive enchantment from rousing start to mournful finish.”
Variety: “Musically lush and visually opulent…no matter where you’re seated, you’re never far from the action because the action is all over the theater.”