REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Nov 15, 2016
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” with songs by Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin, opened on November 14, 2016 in New York City. “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” with songs by Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin, opened on November 14, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

34 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 81.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 95
"Who would have guessed that Dave Malloy’s gorgeous pop opera would land on Broadway with all its signal virtues intact, and in some ways heightened?...The show remains a witty, inventive enchantment from rousing start to mournful finish...O.K., so it’s a little dense...Even if you get lost for a bit, the dazzling staging, the vivid performances and the richness of Mr. Malloy’s music will provide pleasures that go well beyond the narrative."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 90
"The most exciting theatrical experience since 'Hamilton,' a must-see for anyone who wants a sneak peek at how Broadway will look in the coming decades...Malloy's sharp lyrics and tunefully experimental music make the occasional haziness of the book easy to forgive...'The Great Comet' is a model for how to present 21st-century theater in venues designed 100 years ago....Everyone in this cast is working hard and it pays off."
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 90
"A luscious, 360-degree immersive experience that feels like being smothered in velvet...You really don’t want to miss a thing in this musically lush and visually opulent production...Malloy, who wrote the marvelous book, tuneful music, and smart lyrics, understands and even admires the members of this aristocratic society, who in ensemble songs reveal themselves as irresistibly charming and hopelessly corrupt."

“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” was also reviewed by Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (NJ.com), Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Sandra Mardenfeld of Show Showdown, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 200 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

Jeff S, ShowScore: 76
See it if…"You enjoy anachronism, nontraditional stagings, and colorblind casting." 
Don't see it if…"You need a piece to be more than the sum of its parts and to stand alone outside of its gimmicks."
Dawn 12, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You like creative staging that makes you feel immersed in the show. The level of talent is amazing." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like sung-through musicals, a lot of exposition, or Russian literary themes. If you don't like spectacle."
Shane H, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You love theater that pushes the boundaries of what it can be! Amazing staging and interaction to draw in the large audience. And Josh Groban!" 
Don't see it if…"You simply want a delightful musical or just to see Josh Groban. This is an intricate musical with a lot happening in the script and staging."

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