The Imperial Theater’s name will take on a new meaning next season as the critically acclaimed revival of Les Miserables closes giving way to ironically a show taking place in Imperial Russia. Following it’s critically acclaimed run in Boston and years circling New York City, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 will finally bow on Broadway next season. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the full casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway bow of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812!
Full casting and dates have been announced for the highly anticipated transfer of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 to Broadway next Fall. Slated to take up residence at The Imperial Theater, Comet will begin previews during the first week of October with an official opening November 14th, 2016. The Imperial is currently home to the revival of Les Miserables which announced last year it would shutter in September 2016. Thanks to Evgenia Eliseeva for the photo right.
Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban (Pictured Left) will lead Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 to Broadway starring as Pierre making his highly anticipated Broadway debut. Starring alongside him and reprising her role from the A.R.T. production, Denée Benton stars as Natasha also making her Broadway debut. Other leading roles are set to be played by Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Gelsey Bell as Princess Mary, Nicholas Belton as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Amber Gray as Helene, Grace McLean as Marya D, Paul Pinto as Balaga, Scott Stangland as Pierre (Standby) and Lucas Steele as Anatole. The ensemble for the production will include Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Flanagan, Nick Gaswirth, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Katrina Yaukey and Lauren Zakrin.
Comet will serve as the Broadway debut for over 10 members of its cast!
Rachel Chavkin is set to direct the production which will feature choreography by Sam Pinkleton. The rest of the creative team includes Mimi Lien as scenic designer, Paloma Young as costume designer, Bradley King as lighting designer and Nicholas Pope as sound designer. Sonny Paladino is musical supervisor for the production which features musical direction by Or Matias.
The production moves to Broadway after moving around New York for several years before a pre-Broadway tryout at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston beginning last year. The show premiered in 2012 Off-Broadway at Ars Nova Theatre before moving to a tent in the Meatpacking District in May 2013. The tent moved uptown later in 2013 to a vacant lot in the Theatre District (Pictured Right) just steps away from its new home, The Imperial Theater. The show headed to Boston in 2015 where it was restaged to a traditional proscenium-style theatre, much different from its original intimate staging, for a pre-Broadway bow.
Luner Lowdown: At long last, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 will come to Broadway 2016. This show, which circled New York for years, promises to be one of the most exciting new productions and stagings of a show Broadway will see this decade. While nothing has been finalized at this time, sources for the production confirmed to Adam Feldman (Time Out NY Theatre Critic & Drama Critics Circle Pres.) that “the production will be not be a standard proscenium staging.” (Tweet Pictured Right) This means the Imperial will be altered to encompass the entire experience of Comet on Broadway, which is without a doubt groundbreaking making the theatre-goers experience for Comet just that, an experience. I’m incredibly excited to see this show take on a larger life on a larger platform it deserves to stand on here in New York. Also, Josh Groban performing on Broadway? Sold. I can’t end this without giving special shout-out to my friend and colleague Rachel Stevens who will be making her Broadway debut with the production serving as the Assistant Director! Incredibly proud and excited for you!
We’re looking forward to continuing our coverage of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 as it heads to Broadway as part of the 2016-17 season! Full website and social media services for the show have been launched and can be found below!
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