Start Date of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Delayed
By Michael Gioia
Dave Malloy's critically praised musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which ended its downtown run Sept. 2 for a previously announced uptown move to Times Square, will now begin performances Sept. 27, three days later than the intended start date of Sept. 24, producers Howard and Janet Kagan announced Sept. 24.
The delay is due to minor complications in the physical transfer of the show's pop-up supper club venue to midtown. According to producers, "Those issues are now resolved and the production is on-track to begin performances this Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 PM."
Ticketholders for the canceled Sept. 24-26 performances can contact their point of purchase to reschedule for a different performance or receive a refund.
As previously reported, the show's opulent custom venue Kazino, the supper club-style venue built especially for the production, is moving to the Times Square theatre district (at West 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Avenue) for a 14-week limited engagement through Dec. 31.
The final downtown cast will transfer with the production.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 features many of the original cast members from Ars Nova, including Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Shaina Taub as Princess Mary, Blake DeLong as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Amber Gray as Helene, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, David Abeles as Pierre, Grace McLean as Marya D, Phillipa Soo as Natasha and Lucas Steele as Anatole. Ashkon Davaran will play Balaga, and the cast also features Ken Clark, Catherine Brookman, Luke Holloway, Azudi Onyejekwe, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin.
Ghostlight Records will release a two-disc cast album, preserving Malloy's original score — which merges Russian folk and classical music with indie rock, electronica and organ-influenced cadences — later this year.
The piece is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, and previews began Off-Broadway May 1, following its world premiere at Ars Nova. Critics praised the production. Read their reviews here.
Director Rachel Chavkin, who staged the ambitious work at Ars Nova, again directs with choreography by Sam Pinkleton.
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.'"
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.
For more information and tickets, visit TheGreatCometOf1812.com.
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