Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway)
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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway)
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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(2643 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
7%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Clever

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (2,643)

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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Great staging, Epic, Quirky, Profound, Must see

See it if You want to see a truly original show, from its unique staging to its glorious content. A beautiful ensemble piece. Sit on the stage.

Don't see it if You want to see an old fashioned Broadway musical. This has a new and exciting look and sound.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
92
Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want a theater experience unlike most and you want to see a great cast in a true musical headed by Josh Groban.

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate new concepts, various styles of music, strobe lights and tons of action.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
94
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy frenetic events. An opera where everyone sings dances & plays instruments. It helps to review War & Peace Cliff Notes before going

Don't see it if having to look in all directions at once annoys you. Performers use every unoccupied space in the ingeniously re-designed theater.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Impressive, immersive staging by Chavkin combined with the unconventional, unique music/lyrics of Malloy make for an exhilarating evening

Don't see it if Malloy's lyrics sometimes get lost & perhaps one number too many but considering the source material (War & Peace) it's impossible to resist

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
86
The most spectacular immersive musical theater i have ever experienced

See it if overwhelms! brilliantly transforms entire theater into "set" 4 production, dynamic cast brings play 2 audience; inventive, affecting score

Don't see it if this is essentially a romantic melodrama - spectacularly done - but still a melodrama; many good but no breakout performances Read more

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
80
Clever, Great staging, Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy lavish, clever, immersive staging that makes you feel like you're a part of the show.

Don't see it if You're seeking a well-written musical, or don't want to follow a confusing plot. The would be a total snore without the exuberant staging.

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
65
Inconsistent, Operatic, Opaque, Affected, Unsatisfying

See it if you've never seen Grace McLean or Amber Gray perform before. They are so wonderful.

Don't see it if you like to watch a story unfold instead of hearing the characters tell you what they're doing when they're doing it.

481 Reviews | 317 Followers
68
Dizzying, Overrated, Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You love War and Peace and the actors performing in this show. Are curious to see what all the fuss is about.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theater. I know this is the draw for many, but to me it was extremely distracting and annoying. Read more

Critic Reviews (65)

The New York Times
November 14th, 2016

"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."
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Time Out New York
November 14th, 2016

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 14th, 2016

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 14th, 2016

"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."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 14th, 2016

"The staging is remarkable considering all its moving parts, and the gifted young ensemble, often cycling at full tilt through multiple roles, earn every ounce of sweat and confetti. But the end result feels a little too much like zero-calorie entertainment (well, not counting the pierogi): brisk and sexy and emotionally weightless. The flow of the story never quite takes hold, and the stakes for these star-crossed lovers feel no more or less crucial then the next musical number tells us it is."
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Variety
November 14th, 2016

"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."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 17th, 2016

"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."
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Deadline
November 14th, 2016

"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."
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