Off-Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy's critically acclaimed electropop opera based on a slice of the epic novel "War and Peace," will celebrate Valentine's Day with love letters. For performances Feb. 11-16, ticket holders can submit text in advance, which will be handwritten and delivered as they were in 19th century Russia.
Prior to the performance theatregoers are attending, they can visit GreatCometOf1812.com to write a love letter, and it will be hand-delivered to the their table at the show.
Tickets are on sale through March 2. The production was originally scheduled to play a 14-week limited engagement through Dec. 31, 2013, at Kazino, the supper club-style venue built especially for the production.
The opulent Kazino was first constructed in the Meatpacking disctict for a summer run of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The show's lead producers,Howard and Janet Kagan, moved the production to the Times Square theatre district (at West 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Avenue) for a limited engagement that began Sept. 27.
The cast features 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 Katrina Yaukey as Princess Mary. The cast also includes Catherine Brookman, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Lulu Fall, Luke Holloway, Azudi Onyejekwe, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, according to producers, "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.'"
A Ghostlight Records album was released in stores Dec. 10. It features a 48-page color booklet with complete lyrics, never-before-seen photos, a show synopsis, and an essay by Playbill.com columnist Steven Suskin.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is produced by Howard and Janet Kagan and co-produced by Paula Marie Black, John Logan, Lisa Matlin, Daveed Frazier, Tom Smedes, and Vertical Entertainment/Roman Gambourg/Lev Gelfer.
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