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"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Never, ever dull...As engaging as all the color, movement, and vocal pyrotechnics can be, there is something uncertain about the piece…'The Great Comet’ is sometimes moving, sometimes electrifying, and sometimes just a bit vulgar and overreaching in its gritted-teeth determination to give the audience a good time…As it is, it's prone to rather giddy mood shifts that sometimes undermine the story it is trying to tell. Make no mistake, however -- this is a wild, rollicking circus of a show." Full Review
"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
"Set designer Lien has done her best to recreate the atmosphere of a Russian dinner club, but the experience is much less intimate...The musical’s delicate closing moments brought me to tears Off-Broadway, but here I just admired the stagecraft...Groban exhibits a magnificent voice, but lacks the depth to fully inhabit the role. Benton’s Natasha is charming and bubbly yet when her liaison with Anatole is shattered, she fails to move us." Full Review
"The talent here is mighty. Across the board. The story, however, could have been condensed into a tight 90-minute extravaganza. As it is, the themes are repeated over and over and over–and not in nuanced ways. Repetition overcomes talent as well as spectacle and wears the listener down...To be sure this is a visual spectacle that you rarely see on Broadway. Without the spectacle, however, the story does not stand up." Full Review
"If 'Natasha' used this gorgeousness to set up a contrast with the characters’ turpitude, or to bring its world crashing down at the end, it might seem less vapid...Groban sings not just beautifully but without irony; almost alone among the cast he makes real connections to the ideas behind the words...The misalignment of source and style is so severe in 'Natasha' that it seems like an example of elitist decadence rather than the condemnation of it that Tolstoy intended." Full Review
"Groban is delivering an unassuming, restrained and nuanced performance as an overweight older man burdened by his unhappy life...He soars, but he doesn’t show off...This is an ensemble and he fits in very nicely indeed...The show is mostly a spectacle but it has one especially affecting moment at the climax in which Groban’s Pierre and the socially disgraced Natasha have a meeting of the souls. It’s quiet, lovely, emotional." Full Review
"For all its explosive liveliness, Ms. Chavkin’s staging looks like a hopped-up concert version of a musical, not a bona fide Broadway show, and it serves mainly to paper over the essentially undramatic nature of 'The Great Comet,' which feels less like an opera than a cantata...There’s more than one way to write a show, and I freely acknowledge the extreme cleverness and originality of 'The Great Comet.' I just wish it didn’t seem at least 45 minutes longer than it really is." Full Review
"More often than not it succeeds at making a great time, even if it falls short of making great art...Though I remain an admirer of 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,' I find that its flaws are even more evident now, and Chavkin and Malloy are not able to disguise how hard they're working...Malloy walks a thin line between serious adaptation and rib-poking irony, and does not always get the ratios correct...Ultimately more a triumph of style than it is a classic piece of writing." Full Review
"Since it premiered, I have always found the show to be extremely uneven, with a stop-and-start momentum that alternates between all-out liveliness and long episodes of slow tedium. That being said, Rachel Chavkin’s stunning production is an intoxicating whirlwind of wild activity...Benton, a little-known actress, is wonderful as the doe-eyed Natasha, and Groban, with his rich voice in tow, gives a sensitive performance that fully captures Pierre’s angst-filled personality." Full Review
"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
"That immersive world has been realized ingeniously on Broadway...The large talented cast delivers the goods in director Rachel Chavkin’s lively staging and there’s much to admire in Molloy’s wistful arias and rowdy beats. The production sometimes stalls and loses impact amid the sprawl and spectacle...Still, the show is bold and affecting and a welcome addition to the Great White Way." Full Review
"The visually stunning ‘The Great Comet’ has improved in many ways from its other three incarnations…Rachel Chavkin’s direction is another work of art. Ms. Chavkin moves her players around with such grace and intimacy, the audience is sure to be astounded in its opulence…Mr. Groban’s acting is splendid...What is lacking from this production is the force of energy that was Natasha...Denée Benton is beautiful, sings well, and can act. What she lacks is star power " Full Review
"I can pretty much guarantee that no one attending this gorgeous evocation of 19th-century Moscow will leave convinced they didn’t get their ruble’s worth...The book and score by Dave Malloy take great pains to spell it all out for us, often to the exclusion of, oh character development, motivation and feeling...Malloy is an inventive composer of not very beautiful music...All this action delivers pleasure for the eye and, intermittently, the ear. But not for the soul." 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
"A wildly inventive new musical...'Great Comet' functions as a satire of the trope of turning Russian fiction into musicals...The weakness of Chavkin's fabulously staged production is pretty simple and obvious. Little attention is paid to the emotional inner lives of the characters...It is like you're watching a cutting, a really cool post-modern cabaret lived in real time." Full Review
"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
"It’s a massive, luscious, romantic escape into decadent 19th-century Moscow by way of Broadway...A multifaceted talent named Dave Malloy wrote and composed this seriously beautiful lark of an oddball musical...Directed by the spectacle-wizard Rachel Chavkin...Inextricable from the music and story are the overwhelming sets and costumes—sensory overload with little on its mind except offbeat entertainment." Full Review
"I wish as much energy was given to creating an emotional arc in the story rather than explanations in a program...The cast of professionals seem to be game...Sadly, this fine group of actors is not given songwriting that approaches their expertise. I will say that it is a sumptuous show. Lively and entertaining. Moments of fun and pleasure delivered by an expert cast, but the combination of the simplistic lyrics and the manic movements created a show that is watched rather than engaged with." Full Review
See it if You like poorly made wanna-be rock operas & a cacophony that only rarely shines. Unusual (for Bway) integration and placing of audience
Don't see it if a list: It's lacking a storyline; Anatole mumbles/slurs; troop capable of singing but mostly yells instead; unimpressive/unmemorable score
See it if you want an out of the ordinary, but at points a little slow, experience. It is more than just a show...it is revolutionary.
Don't see it if strobe lights bother you, if you can't make it through a few boring points w/o complaining, or you can't keep track of multiple characters
See it if You enjoy excellent staging and engaging, in-your-face performances. You appreciate historical novels with beautiful contemporary twists.
Don't see it if You would not appreciate a re-imagining of War&Peace, or prefer a straight musical with catchy tunes. Music is genius but not easy listening
See it if You want an imersive theater experience, great singing, lots of fun, entire cast was awesome.
Don't see it if You dont want keep shifting your attention from place to place, the entire theater is the stage.
See it if You want to see some truly unforgettable staging and some really standout songs. And don't mind a pretty simple story line.
Don't see it if A lot of songs sounding the same in a musical annoy you or you don't like the idea of the actors and the actors being all around you.
See it if you like epic orchestrations, performer/musicians, circus style performances, vodka, classic love stories
Don't see it if you dislike shifting your attention from place to place, immersive theatre
See it if you like interactive, loud, manic performances.
Don't see it if You have epilepsy, are prone to migraines, have free time. Just not my cup of tea. Hats off to the performers they gave it their all.
See it if E.P.I.C. = Dazzling WTF Staging, check; Off-the-Hook Lighting, check; First-rate Music/Singers/Musicians, check; Stunning Costumes, check.
Don't see it if interactive theatre isn't for you. Comet is THE absolute definition of IMMERSIVE. Book's weak but the unique experience is worth every cent.
See it if you enjoy musicals with great acting,singing,dancing,staging and pierogi throwing.It is a really fun show.The music was great.Fun.
Don't see it if you dont want to have a great time at the theater.
See it if You enjoy new ways to present a show. Enjoy mixing elements of new with old in the costumes, music and dance.
Don't see it if You do not like action going on all around you. You want the same perspective of the play from most of the seats.
See it if you want a unique theatrical experience in one of the best shows of the year.
Don't see it if you don't want to think a bit, be absorbed by a show or dislike a bit of audience involvement. Or want to see HAMILTON.
See it if You enjoy original musicals with a variety of music styles. Fantastic design and performances. Loved every minute!
Don't see it if You are easily confused, there are a lot of characters and stories to keep track of.
See it if you liked War and Peace, want to see unique staging and theater transformation, and/or enjoy Josh Groban.
Don't see it if you want to see a well-developed story, have difficulty understanding poor accents, or dislike unnecessary/irrelevant dance routines.
See it if you want a different type of Broadway experience. All bets are off with this show and if you have an open mind, it is AMAZING.
Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional Broadway experience. Nothing is typical in this show. It really pushes the envelope.
See it if you want a theater experience like no other. No worries if you don't know War & Peace, they'll explain it! Loved the interactive approach!
Don't see it if You like traditional shows and songs. The music is unique but beautiful & there is some unexpected raunch. Not necessarily good for kids.
See it if You enjoy non-traditional Broadway shows & performances based on literature. You're already a fan of Josh Groban & his incredible voice.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing something that takes place in the early 1800s in Russia. You want a more typical and happy story.
See it if The staging makes even mezzanine seats great. What a spectacle where dancers came right in front of us. Singing with emotion draws you in.
Don't see it if You need to follow every nuance of plot to enjoy. It's fresh and different. Rachel chavkin is masterful. Loved her hadestown!
See it if You like non traditional shows, you want something immersive but not really, you can pay attention in order to keep track of many characters
Don't see it if You don't like performers swirling around you in the aisles or in your lap, you get easily confused, you're a traditionalist.
See it if if want to see how magical Broadway can be. The entire theater was a stage with actors and dancers running up/down the aisles delighting us.
Don't see it if if you are expecting a mini Josh Groban concert; or you need to understand all the words that are sung; or completely comprehend the plot.