One of the most exciting theatrical events of the year is about to open up shop again for another round…of vodka! (And great performances, but mostly vodka.) The acclaimed off-Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 re-opens on September 27 for a new 14-week limited run at the show’s custom-built venue Kazino, which now lives on West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
The show’s downtown company reprises their roles in the new mounting of Dave Malloy’s innovative show, which is directed by Rachel Chavkin. The cast features David Abeles as Pierre, Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Blake DeLong as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Amber Gray as Helene, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Grace McLean as Marya D, Ashkon Davaran as Balaga, Phillipa Soo as Natasha, Lucas Steele as Anatole and Shaina Taub as Princess Mary. The ensemble includes Ken Clark, Catherine Brookman, Luke Holloway, Azudi Onyejekwe, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin.
Based on a most scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy’s Russian masterpiece War and Peace, Comet tells the story of a young girl named Natasha, who is betrothed to Andrey, though he’s off at war. In his absence, Natasha strikes up a relationship with the attractive Anatole, whose rebellious nature causes Andrey’s best friend Pierre to be on alert to the budding romance.
Find out more about Comet by reading Phillipa Soo’s Fresh Face or watching Amber Gray’s Showtease interview!