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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

  • Dave Malloy
  • Full Length Musical, Drama, 19th Century
  • 5M, 5F, 6M or F
  • ISBN: 9780573702839

An electropop opera ripped from a slice of Tolstoy's War & Peace.

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  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Various locations in 19th-century Russia. The original production used immersive staging to create a Russian-Samovar-meets-New-York-City-Night-Club atmopshere.
  • Cautions: Gun Shots, Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical (2017)
    Winner! Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actors in a Musical; Outstanding Scenic Design; Outstanding Costume Design (2014)
    Winner! Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical (2013)
    Winner! Obie Award - Special Citation (2013)
    Winner! Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater (2013)
From the celebrated and award-winning composer Dave Malloy comes Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. 

Following a critically acclaimed premiere at Ars Nova in New York City, a subsequent Off-Broadway transfer, and opening on Broadway -- this award-winning musical expands the possibilities for the genre with its daring score and bold storytelling.

REVIEWS:

CRITIC'S PICK! "A witty, inventive enchantment from rousing start to mournful finish. It is both the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since Hamilton!"

 The New York Times

CRITIC'S PICK! "A vibrant, transporting new musical [...] Mr. Malloy's lyrical voice is blunt, funny and forthrightly contemporary [...]"

 Thew New York Times

"5 Stars (out of 5) [...] Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 feels like a party from start to end: lively, intelligent and utterly engrossing [...] The dazzling variegated score - which covers musical terrain from folk songs through rock, R&B and house music - captures their story in stirring and surprising ways; [...] this is a rare and marvelous event: amid the din of New York, an oasis of artful illumination."

 Time Out New York

"Inventive, ravishing and full-on romantic! [...] Appearing out of nowhere to brighten the theatrical season, this thrilling new show relies on ambition, ingenuity, craft and heart."

 New York Post

"This astonishing new musical adapts a 70-page section of [War and Peace], mashing up imperialist Russia and an eclectic range of style,turning Tolstoy into a swoon-worthy, vodka-soaked party. It's a sensual, wild ride: rollicking music, beautiful singing, a feast for the eye, ear and mouth."

 NY1

"Dave Malloy may be a genius."

 New York Theatre Review

Premiere Production: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 premiered at Ars Nova in New York City in October 2012, under the direction of Rachel Chavkin.
  • Casting: 5M, 5F, 6M or F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Casting Notes: In the original production, actors play many of the instruments. While this is not mandatory, an Instrument Breakdown Guide is included in the rental package.
    BOLKONSKY and ANDREY are double-cast.
  • Chorus Size: Small

  • There's a war going on out there somewhere, and ANDREY isn't here.
    (Range: Baritone, F2-Eb3)

    NATASHA is young; she loves Andrey with all her heart.
    (Range: Soprano, G3-F5)

    SONYA is good; Natasha's cousin and closest friend.
    (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, B3-C5)

    MARYA is old-school; a grande dame of Moscow. Natasha's Godmother, strict yet kind.
    (Range: Alto, G3-B4)

    ANATOLE is hot; he spends his money on women and wine.
    (Range: Tenor, B2-C#5)

    HÉLÈNE is a slut; Anatole's sister, married to Pierre.
    (Range: Alto, G3-F5)

    DOLOKHOV is fierce (but not too important). Anatole's friend, a crazy good shot.
    (Range: Baritone, E3-F4)

    OLD PRINCE BOLKONSKY is crazy, and MARY is plain; Andrey's family -- totally messed up.
    (BOLKONSKY Range: Baritone, Ab3-F4) (MARY Range: Mezzo-Soprano, G3-B4)

    BALAGA is just for fun.
    (Range: Baritone, A2-Ab4)

    And what about PIERRE? Dear, bewildered, and awkward PIERRE?
    (Range: Bari-Tenor, Ab2-Ab4)

    ENSEMBLE/VARIOUS OTHERS (2f 2m +)
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    From the celebrated and award-winning composer Dave Malloy comes Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. 

    $24.95