Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has been hailed as one of the most innovative musicals of the decade. The show, inspired by a part of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” came to Broadway in the fall of 2016, and turned the Imperial Theatre into Imperial Russia—with a modern twist.
Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with the Tony nominated stars Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele as well as Tony nominated director Rachel Chavkin and creator Dave Malloy to talk about the show, the Tonys and diversity on Broadway.
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Interview highlights include:
- Josh Groban and ‘The Great Comet’ cast talk their 12 Tony nominations—“I don’t know, I think it is a genius thing that has never really happened on a Broadway stage and to me Award Ceremonies are worth it because they should honor innovation” [Denée Benton] “My heart is filled with joy beyond measure to be on this journey with people I have been with for a while and also incredibly new wonderful artists” [Lucas Steele] “It’s a long time coming for those of us who have loved this since we were little kids, it’s a long time coming for a show that has had so many years of development and family around it […] deep nostalgia just for our paths to this moment.’ [Josh Groban]
- Josh Groban on his Broadway debut – “My dream wasn’t just to do theatre… it was to do something new, it was to do something fresh, it was to be able to come into something new at least on Broadway. I wanted to bring something that I knew would be an educated risk for me, something that was a little out of that box that people may not have expected and something that I could grow from […] I wanted it to be something that would provide me with vulnerability and failing and getting back up.” [CLIP]: Josh Groban waited for a show like ‘The Great Comet’ for Broadway debut
- Denée Benton on diversity on Broadway- “I think you walk away from a show and you remember how a character made you feel and what they represented […] As humans, we want that right. So for me, it’s a paradigm shift in the direction of justice, it’s not like a cool trend […] So I think that it’s gratifying in the sense that I know how much and how much devastation has gone into this path so that I have the right to do it and how many shoulders I’m really standing on.” [CLIP]: Denée Benton on ‘Great Comet,’ diversity: It’s a shift in the direction of justice
- Creator Dave Malloy on his ‘War and Peace’ inspiration for ‘The Great Comet’- “People sometimes ask me how I picked this section of ‘War and Peace’ but it was never a matter of that, it was always this section that immediately called out to me as I was reading it. On the cruise ship, I was in a very Pierre state of mind, I was feeling very lost […] but just socially very awkward […] So, when I read this section I was really communicating with Pierre, but then the way that Tolstoy really paired these two stories in parallel […] and the way that these two stories only collide at the very end in this very simply interaction between the two of them, and then Pierre sees the comet… it just immediately sang to me.” [CLIP]: How ‘War and Peace’ on a cruise ship led to Broadway’s ‘The Great Comet’
- Josh Groban and ‘Great Comet’ cast on getting intimate with the audience – “It’s interesting when there’s actors too that you notice that you recognize or something, and when you wind up looking into the eyes of another actor that’s watching the show – they’re in it with you. John Lithgow was with us, Cynthia Erivo was with us.” [CLIP]: Josh Groban and ‘Great Comet’ cast talk getting intimate with the audience
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