Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway)

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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. 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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Imperial Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (2618)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Clever
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Avg Score

89
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.

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.

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

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

Also I enjoyed the Broadway version of Natasha, but I preferred the earlier... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also It may depend where you sit but it can actually be very irritating to ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want to see THE finest show on Broadway+ the likely 2017 Tony winner ! Originality is at the top of the list for you. Perfection, your *

Don't see it if This is an electro pop opera. Traditional shows and staging are all that interesting you, but I say take a chance ! Go, see it, yes you !

Also I saw this show produced by Ars Nova in 2012. It was performed in a te... Read more Read less

94
Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Riveting, Epic

See it if You like spectacle musicals with fantastic choreography,singing,staging,actors, musicians,staging,audience involvement,Josh Groban ...,,,

Don't see it if You like a quiet evening at the theatre

Also This is a transformational spectacle that is not to be missed. The Imp... Read more Read less

95
A musical cross-section. it all works and it's fun., Enchanting and delightful, Unique theater., Creative and thrilling.

See it if You want to go on a merry ride and embrace having the cast perform all around you. There's always something to watch here. This is special.

Don't see it if Hate not understanding lyrics even if you still get what's going on. Don't like energetic choreography/staging. Immersive's not your thing.

Also I loved this show. The cast was charming and beautifully-voiced (hello... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Enchanting

See it if You want to party as if life will end when earth passes through the tail of a comet. You love great music and want to hear Josh sing it.

Don't see it if You yearn for the intimacy of the tent cabaret. You can't stand a whole opera-like song than languishes over a moment of anguish.

Also The staging and choreography used in the tent is amped up to fill the ... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Exquisite, Great singing, Ambitious, Colorful

See it if you like spectaculars; amazing sets, costumes, acting and singing, intelligent writing and mesmerizing exuberant productions; high energy.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy grand, theatrical performances; a busy stage; mixing 1812 with some contemporary costumes; two dimensional characters.

90
Refreshing, Incredible ensemble, Romantic, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want an immersive interactive high energy experience. I really loved it. I recommend listening to the music and studying the synopsis

Don't see it if in advance. The style is eclectic, the storyline is episodic, the music and staging are in your face and over the top.

80
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to enjoy a good story in a PHENOMENAL space with astounding acting and singing. It was like an indoor carnival at times. Beautiful.

Don't see it if The story is bizarre, the way they tell the story is odd (very Tolstoy). So you have to be willing to go along for the ride.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you must see all the new shows.

Don't see it if you want a real musical that has real music that you can actually remember.

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Great show! Beautiful performances among an amazingly beautiful set. Loved the music. Great singing.

Don't see it if If you don't like sung-through musicals, this might not be for you.

Also I have to add that the way they used the entire theatre was a huge boo... Read more Read less

55
Boring, redundant, disappointing, mess

See it if For the buzz. You like dazzle for dazzle sake. You want commentary on action rather than action. Stage directions should be dialog.

Don't see it if you want orchestration. narrative. involvement in the story, intimacy, emotion. You don't like overdrawn arch characters.

Also I dont think I liked any part of this. The performers were wildly unev... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Must see

See it if New York's hottest musical is The Great Comet of 1812. This place has everything: Josh Groban, pierogis tossed at you, egg shakers.. SEE IT!

Don't see it if you're bothered by strobe lights (there's one scene that has a LOT of lights) or are uninterested in new, edgy musicals.

Also See this if you want to witness innovative theatre that blurs the line... Read more Read less

95
Refreshing, Contemporary, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a Broadway spectacle but without the datedness of most revivals and without taking out a second mortgage to afford Hamilton.

Don't see it if you get really annoyed—even in fiction—when the good are not unanimously praised and the bad are not harshly punished.

Also Great Comet expertly adapts the traditional pleasures of the big perio... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Edgy

See it if see comments

Don't see it if see comments

Also I went to see this show with minimal expectations. I walked away impre... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Great concept

See it if you appreciate an imaginative, beautifully realized immersive production with a great cast. A treat!

Don't see it if Please give it a chance. You'll be glad you did.

86
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging, Original

See it if you want a thoroughly immersive theater experience. The joyous staging allows the effervescent cast to interact at will with the audience.

Don't see it if you hate War & Peace? While Natasha & Pierre don't surpass the heart-tugging boy next door (Evan Hansen) their spot on the block is deserved

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like high energy, pop operas with great (& tough since much is done in narrow spaces) choreography in a non-traditional theater space

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical in a traditional proscenium stage, don't like actor-audience interactions (see note below about seating)

Also Much has been written about seating. Many of the seats with tables get... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You like a cabaret feel to one of the stories from War and Peace. Denée Benton was ok, but Josh Goban was outstanding. High energy.

Don't see it if You are expecting any resemblance to War and Peace. Are looking for traditional staging. Want lots of Groban. His stage time is limited.

Also This is an ensemble piece, and I would have loved more time be focused... Read more Read less


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 ...
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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 c...
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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 w...
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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 ...
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