Sterling Publishing invited cast members and the creative team of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 at Barnes and Noble as author Steven Suskin celebrated the release of the book The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway. John Groban, the musical’s creator, Dave Malloy; author Suskin, Denée Benton, Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, Nick Choksi, Or Matias, Grace McLean, and Lucas Steele were all on hand.Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is now in performances at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street), with Josh Groban as ‘Pierre’ and Denée Benton as ‘Natasha. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 began previews on October 18, and officially opened Monday, November 14, 2016.
Other Comet news is Josh Groban is now set to remain in the show, which opened Nov. 14, through July 2, 2017.
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 was originally commissioned and developed at Ars Nova in NYC where it had its world premiere in the fall of 2012, and was soon-after transferred to a custom-built venue in the Meatpacking District for the summer of 2013. The show became a sensation and the entire venue was transferred to the Theater District where it continued its run into the spring of 2014. In December 2015, the show played a limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge where its innovative design was expanded to bring the show’s signature staging to a traditional proscenium-style theatre.