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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Members say: Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Clever

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Inspired by a 70-page slice of Tolstoy’s 'War and Peace,' this immersive, Off-Broadway hit transfers to the Main Stem.

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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 fiancée Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but already married) Anatole and her life is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre, the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption. Featuring a score that mixes rock, pop, soul, folk and electronic dance music with classic Broadway, 'The Great Comet' arrives on Broadway after its critically acclaimed 2013 Off-Broadway premiere. Its creative team has re-imagined the Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, where every seat provides a unique perspective.

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    Tickets must be purchased by 8/31/17. Offer available for select seats and performances. Blackout dates may apply. Offer subject to availability and prior sale; not valid on prior purchases; cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. Phone and Internet orders are subject to standard service fees. This offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Cast and performance schedule are subject to change. For a complete schedule, call or visit

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Tickets must be purchased by 9/30/17. Offer available for select seats and performances. Blackout dates include 9/2 & 9/3. Offer subject to availability and prior sale; not valid on prior purchases; cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. Phone and Internet orders are subject to standard service fees. This offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Cast and performance schedule are subject to change. For a complete schedule, call or visit Dave Malloy makes his Broadway debut in NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Inspired by a 70-page slice of War and Peace, this acclaimed new musical brings us just inches from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers as they light up Moscow in an epic tale of romance and passion.


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“Lest you feared that in the move to the Great White Way David Malloy's magnificent electro pop opera, now starring Josh Groban and Denée Benton in their Broadway debuts, this innovative musical work would lose its ambiance, be reassured. Resourceful and gifted set designer Mimi Lien has recreated her Russian supper club in the Imperial Theatre, an ironically named choice of venue, and director Rachel Chavkin's staging has lost none of its effectiveness.” Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review


"Pure theatrical magic…Country aristocrat Natasha is played with sparkle and pluck by Denée Benton…Josh Groban makes a forceful and passionate Broadway debut as the dissolute Pierre...Rachel Chavkin’s breathless, immersive staging is a constant source of wonder...One of the most thrilling Broadway musicals this decade, 'The Great Comet' is intimate yet epic, ironic yet deeply felt, cosmic yet down to earth. It lights up the sky and our hearts." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Director Rachel Chavkin’s approach to the show—spectacular yet intimate, theatrical yet personal—is an ideal complement to Malloy’s brilliantly unconventional musical...In Malloy’s complex and eclectic score, lovely stand-alone songs are woven into a larger blanket of recitative and surprising combinations of content and genre...Bittersweet and joyous, artful and accessible, this is a Broadway party like no other...It’s a wonderful, soul-stirring escape." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"An ecstatic, transportive experience...There's enough avant antics and gender-bending in the chorus to counter to old-fashioned elements, and the various elements of stagecraft weave ever more densely into an orgiastic, all-consuming tapestry...I've sought the words to describe it—mesmerizing, splendid, heady—but all seem insufficient to capture the fullness of the show. Don your finest fur and head to the theater for one of the finest productions of the year." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"A masterful musical… A remarkable story of love gone wrong…’The Great Comet’ is one of the most innovative musicals to appear on Broadway for a very long time. Its uniqueness is surpassed only by its impressive cast. Under Rachel Chavkin’s refined and imaginative direction, Denee Benton, Josh Groban and the ensemble cast grapple successfully with Dave Malloy’s music, lyrics, and book and create a delicious and innovative approach to a small slice of ‘War and Peace.’" Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"It effectively mixes numerous musical styles into a strikingly affecting whole. The works can be uplifting, poignant, and unabashedly joyous...Chavkin deserves huge praise for the diverse and complex tableaux she has conceived, which produce an almost intoxicating sensory overload...This machination keeps the audience dazzled and entranced. There is never a tiresome moment, even if the goings-on are less then appealing...An absorbing, exhilarating piece of theater." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"It arrives on Broadway in superlative shape, its humor, emotional content and rip-roaring storytelling every bit as vibrant as its madly infectious score...No disrespect to the marvelous cast, many of whom have been with the project since its earliest stages, but the true stars are the material and production, which is often as cinematic as it is blazingly theatrical...Chavkin's direction is a marvel of intricacy, with simultaneous action happening in multiple spots...Don't miss it." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"When the dancers are leaping, the accordions wheezing, the lights flashing, the skirts swirling, and the vodka flowing, then 'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812' feels thrillingly unlike anything else on Broadway...The combinatory musical style is perhaps too eclectic, yet also undeniably invigorating – like a shot of horseradish vodka. Besides, these are rather minor quibbles when compared with the beauty of many of the songs and the excitement of the immersive staging." Full Review

Out Magazine

"My third time with ‘The Great Comet’ was the best of all, especially because the environmental staging worked so well with the theater transformed into a mass of runways…With the constant swirling motion, the sung-through musical is clever, funny, sexy, and dizzyingly colorful, and blessed with a tip-top cast (including a very persuasive Josh Groban) that keeps your head Russian." Full Review

Village Voice

"Malloy and Chavkin, unceasingly inventive, explore this sliver of Tolstoy's vast tale fully, with a glorious, free-ranging mixture of panache, tenderness, and common-sense directness…The lyrics, if occasionally prosy, bear the narrative weight…Chavkin and her team second this with soulful, strongly rooted performances…Everyone's excellent, but Groban's Pierre is a creation sure to linger; he gives this giant, swirling spectacle a core reason far beyond anything in most recent musicals." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"A remarkably moving and highly spirited condensation of one section of Leo Tolstoy’s seminal novel 'War and Peace'...Which leads us to the sheer amount of blazing talent we are blessed to share our time with...Malloy has an incredible facility to traverse genre...Malloy’s greatest musical triumphs may be his witty, infectious numbers...You’ll also get a kick, at times, from Sam Pinkleton’s choreography, which smartly complements Chavkin’s staging." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Frequent Business Traveler

"Few theatergoers have seen something as lavish and as complicated as this...'The Great Comet' is immersive theater at its finest...Despite the warnings of a dizzying array of names and people, since the characters sing points of narration and make clear whom they are referring to, the story is easy to follow...The pageantry is simply spectacular and it all makes sense in the end." Full Review

Musical Theater Review

"A stunningly original piece of work that elevates the pop opera genre to new heights on Broadway…For the most part, the sung-through show is a riot of movement and music performed by perhaps the most exuberant company to be found on the Main Stem…Among the principals, Denée Benton makes a glorious Broadway debut as a graceful and animated Natasha." Full Review


"A musical unlike anything else on Broadway...As incredible as the set is, though, it's not the star. That billing belongs, not to the velvet-voiced pop star Josh Groban who plays Pierre, but to Broadway newcomer Denée Benton. Benton sparkles as Natasha...Whimsy and wit permeates 'The Great Comet.' It's a dazzling production. Like the comet it's named for, the show brings wonder in its wake." Full Review


"Great, extravagantly entertaining fun, with a soaring score that runs the musical gamut from raucous rock to classical...It also stirs the soul, with a beautifully sung finale, performed to a hushed audience by pop star Josh Groban…It might not cure your heartache, but it's a reminder of the solace that art can provide…Onstage, there's unparalleled intimacy, with the actors excitingly close. The negative is that with actors continually brushing by, you can get distracted from the story." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"Extraordinary, the freshest, most inviting show on Broadway this season. 'Great Comet' is awesome in its stagecraft, in its music, and in its performances...Director Rachel Chavkin and set designer Mimi Lien in particular deserve kudos for staging on Broadway something very close to the kind of immersive theater that’s lately been intriguing theatergoers all over the world – everywhere but Broadway, until now." Full Review


"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." Full Review


"A whirling, swirling onstage carnival in which the actors cavort with audience members and the entire theater is transformed into a performance space...That the music by Dave Malloy is so wide-ranging and rich makes the accomplishment all the more awe-inspiring...Whatever its storytelling shortcomings, 'Natasha, Pierre' more than compensates with whimsy and ravishing beauty...Like the greatest works of art, this one leaves you feeling privileged to have experienced it." Full Review

Show Buzz NYC

"Deeply drawn characters and insightful storytelling…This is a raucous, fascinating musical based on a few chapters of 'War and Peace' and there is no chance of you falling asleep…I was not a Josh Groban fan going in, but he is perfectly cast as the introspective, corpulent Pierre and his singing and acting shine through on his journey of awakening…However, I would not recommend this show to anyone who only favors old-fashioned musicals. This is art. Sublime, delicious art.” Full Review


"Malloy's sung-through lyrics are clear as any play dialogue and propel the narrative most effectively. And Chavkin has guided the performers to make their situations and feelings easily comprehensible...Electro-pop-influenced and sung-through like an opera, but it also, and beautifully, blends in Russian folk and classical music...They've managed to give audiences a view of Tolstoy's rather overwrought romantic subplot through a contemporary and often humorous and unique lens." Full Review

Slant Magazine

"Malloy isn’t afraid to laugh at his material, and under Rachel Chavkin’s keyed-up direction, the show gravitates toward campy burlesque, but the creators have their fun and eat it too. 'The Great Comet of 1812' moves easily between the toe-tapping and the tissue-dabbing...The performers, including the band, make the show both serious and fun. Which is to say, they make this production what it is: antic and crushing and stuck-in-your-head sublime." Full Review


"Malloy’s sung-through treatment injects vibrancy, energy, and wry humor into the sordid tale. Alternately wild, seductive, and beautifully operatic, Malloy’s score is as broad and varied as the sentiments expressed in Tolstoy’s prose…While the story feels somewhat incomplete in the end, there’s enough emotion and intrigue here to satisfy most appetites for drama…Benton and Groban’s knockout performances make the case for jumping in and losing yourself." Full Review


"Director Rachel Chavkin's brilliantly joyous and sneakily subversive mounting of ‘The Great Comet,’ an infectiously lively musical…Josh Groban supplies the attention-grabbing star name and does a fine job anchoring the festivities with gravitas…Denée Benton's Natasha revels in the spotlight much of the time and she reflects it luminously with a lovely voice and a glowing presence...Let this dazzling show fill your spirits all night long." Full Review

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Quirky, Romantic, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love immersive shows

Don't see it if You get confused easily

Edgy, Quirky, Insipid

See it if You don't mind unconventional staging and if you like Tolstoy...a lot!

Don't see it if You want a more traditional show. This one gets annoying, and the War and Peace basis does not save it.

Dizzying, Enchanting, Epic, Intense, Confusing

See it if Uniquely designed stage with constant ebb and flow of musical numbers and dancing. Powerful finale yet confusing

Don't see it if Defiantly tangent and mind-boggling to keep track of dancers. Heavy accent kept me from engaging and disappointing voice from male lead

Also Special back seating may have been too close with majority of actors f... Read more Read less

Funny, Masterful, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you have time machine. it`s too late to recommend

Don't see it if you don't like Russians

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Riveting, Romantic

See it if you're a fan of ingenuity, exciting staging, remarkably original music and performances. A fully-realized production that is outside-the-box

Don't see it if you're not a fan of uniqueness.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like shows that are odd, you appreciate unusual staging, and great lighting. If you like going to a show and saying whoa, what was that?

Don't see it if you want to leave feeling like you know what just happened.

Original, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Immersive

See it if You want a clever, immersive, untraditional take on a familiar old story. It pushes the boundaries of what a musical should be. Fun show!

Don't see it if you expect the orchestra to be in a pit and the actors on the stage. Both will be all over the place!

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Pretentious, Bad

See it if you believe blindly what critics and advertising say about this play. It's pure marketing.

Don't see it if you value good music and acting.

Also It was the disappointment of the year. The music couldn't be worse, th... Read more Read less

Delightful, Refreshing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want an unique theater staging experience.

Don't see it if you expect a refreshing storyline and catchy music.

Also The storyline is really dull and cliched. The toneless music did not h... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Excruciating, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You feel the need to be bored by pretentious schlock disguised as art that is only worthy of praise for the unique staging.

Don't see it if Your only interest was Josh Groban.

Epic, Exquisite, Confusing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the unexpected and want 'new' theater. Also great retelling of a classic.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot, are probe to seizures, and like classic theater. Also not family friendly.

Also Doesn't matter who is in the cast, must see before it closes. Also Ben... Read more Read less

Clever, Raunchy, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you liked Moulin Rouge. I kept thinking this was a drunken Russian version. It was lots of fun - there's action everywhere.

Don't see it if you didn't like Les Miz - it's all sung musical. Some of the songs were hard to decipher - especially when the entire ensemble sings.

Also The staging of this show knocks it out of the park. Very creative. We ... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Edgy, Inventive, Great staging, Great performances

See it if you enjoy shows pushing boundaries in every possible. It's a high octane production with a classic core. Not for all but perfect for some.

Don't see it if traditional shows delight you because this won't. Comets are harbingers of change and this one upends everyone including the musical form.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You like Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and you enjoy beautiful music.

Don't see it if You're expecting a fun, lighthearted musical. I think the show was way overrated in my opinion.

Ambitious, Edgy, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a true romp and some fantastic performances. Ensemble is great fun, Denee is exquisite and Lucas Steele is mind blowing.

Don't see it if You can't get good seats. You really need to be dead center for this unfortunately. The story is very dated and the music doesn't quite gel.

Also This was very hard for me to score. On one hand, the performances were... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you like theatre presented in nontraditional fashion.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy immersive theatre

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy immersive staging or just creative staging; you enjoy new and different musical scores; you support innovative theater.

Don't see it if Immersive theater annoys you; traditional musicals are your preference.

Also I enjoyed this far more than I expected. I had seen it in the downtown... Read more Read less

Masterful, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if Loved it.

Don't see it if You don't like Josh Groban.

Dizzying, Indulgent, Confusing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see an exquisite set and talented hardworking cast

Don't see it if You like your music to flow.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if you enjoy theatre as spectacle. There are lots of good roles & beautiful songs for women. The transformation of the theatre is dramatic.

Don't see it if you value plot or traditional theatre. Nearly every inch of the theatre was designed & changed to accommodate this show.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if Utterly spectacular: design, music, staging, performances. Nuanced humanist fable about love and decorum. Magical, soulful, wild.

Don't see it if can feel maximalist & digressive, though it's elegantly constructed.

Also saw it with Oak playing Pierre. He's a star and he's giving a standout... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if if you want to see an enjoyable interactive musical with a simple plot.

Don't see it if you are looking to see a traditional musical with a complex plot.

Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if See the show if you are interested in creative theatre. It is staged like no other show on Broadway.

Don't see it if you do not like complex stories or do not like Rock Musicals.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Unique

See it if you want to see a truly singular musical. Staging, singing, and writing are absorbing and entertaining. Good idea to review the plot before.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of immersive theatre, nontraditional Broadway scores, dizzying strobe lights, or stories of scandals and seductions.

Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like exciting new interesting productions-- with frenetic activity surrounding you.

Don't see it if You only like predictable orderly theater

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