The unconventional production, which dazzled critics and audiences Off-Broadway, has completely transformed the Imperial Theatre into an opulent Russian salon that engulfs the audience. The unique seating chart can be viewed here.
Created by Dave Malloy (Ghost Quartet, Preludes) and directed by Rachel Chavkin, the cast is headed by Josh Groban as Pierre and Denée Benton as Natasha.
The cast and creative team joined Playbill live from the red carpet after their opening night performance to share their reactions and reveal insider knowledge about the critically acclaimed show. Watch the exclusive video here.
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The duo, who are both making their Broadway debuts, are joined by Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Gelsey Bell as Princess Mary, Nicholas Belton as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Amber Gray as Helene, Grace McLean as Marya D, Paul Pinto as Balaga, Scott Stangland as Pierre (standby), and Lucas Steele as Anatole. The ensemble includes Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Nick Gaswirth, Alex Gibson, Billy Joe Kiessling, Mary Spencer Knapp, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Andrew Mayer, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Ani Taj, Cathryn Wake, Katrina Yaukey, and Lauren Zakrin.
During previews, the new musical made headlines when a private dispute between producer Howard Kagan and Ars Nova, where The Great Comet was originally developed, went public. The dispute concerned how Ars Nova would be billed in the musical's Playbill. The problem has since been resolved, and a temporary insert indicating the correct billing is included in the Playbill. Read more about it here.
The Great Comet, according to press notes, is described as “a theatrical experience like no other. Malloy’s inspired adaptation of a 70-page slice of War and Peace puts audiences just inches away from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers, as they light up Moscow in an epic tale of romance and passion.”
The new musical features choreography by Sam Pinkleton, set design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Tony Award winner Paloma Young, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Nicholas Pope, music supervision by Sonny Paladino, musical direction by Or Matias, casting by Stewart/Whitley, and production stage management by Karyn Meek.
The production boasts the Broadway debuts of 24 cast and creative team members.
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The Broadway production is produced by Howard & Janet Kagan and Paula Marie Black.
Tickets are available via Telecharge.com or by visiting the Imperial Theatre box office (249 West 45th Street).
(Updated November 14, 2016)