Inspired by a 70-page slice of Tolstoy’s 'War and Peace,' this immersive, Off-Broadway hit transfers to the Main Stem. More…
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.
“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
"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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"All of the movement and interaction with audience members add to the excitement. But when all is said and done, the acting and singing carry the day and stir emotions. The score is dynamic and intriguingly varied, and there are outstanding performing turns...If you want to see a particularly unusual show, head for the Imperial. The theater itself is something to see and experience in its new version revamped for this run." 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
See it if You want to see something completely new and exciting in the theatre with some of the most brilliant direction possible.
Don't see it if You prefer traditional, non-immersive, straight-forward shows. This one takes some thinking & letting go.
See it if you love unique and participatory storytelling - this immersive experience will never be forgotten - what an incredible show!
Don't see it if you don't want to feel like you're part of the show - some seats were even on the main stage!
See it if You want to be absolutely blown away - seriously. All my senses were over-stimulated in the best way possible. The show is like nothing else
Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon.
See it if you want a musical experience like no other. You want a cast who inhabits each character fully. You love complicated Russian family trees.
Don't see it if You want fun little tunes to hum in the shower. You want something light and funny.
See it if you enjoyed Love and Peace, the story is an adaptation of Tolsoy's Part 2 of the novel. Music is beautiful!
Don't see it if you aren't open to immersing yourself in the story. Stage and seating is very immersive, this isn't your standard musical.
See it if You want beautiful music tht you will be singing the whole way home and just an all around exquisite performance
Don't see it if Plot is a little hard to follow if ur not absolutely focused the entire show
See it if You love trying something new and a new experience
Don't see it if See it anyways, I guarantee you will change any doubts you have. (It's closed now but listen to the soundtrack etc)
See it if you love life changing theatre. This show is so brilliant in its writing, directing, acting, and staging, and should be seen by everyone.
Don't see it if You aren't looking for a thought-provoking, intense, deep piece of theatre, or if you hate War and Peace with a passion.
See it if You wanna see the BEST MUSICAL TO EVER GRACE A BROADWAY STAGE!! You've read the book. You like a diverse cast. You want to have a good time.
Don't see it if You hate yourself..lol. ITS A MUST SEE THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO SEE IT!!!
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.
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