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The Great Comet Details
If you were surprised when a historical musical telling the tale of one of America’s founding fathers became a smash hit, wait until you hear the plot of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the latest show to take Broadway by storm. The story takes place in Moscow in 1812 (naturally), where our protagonist Natasha grows restless as her husband, Andrey, is off fighting in the Napoleonic wars. Things get complicated—and fun—when the swaggering Anatole enters the picture and pulls out all the stops to win Natasha’s heart. Many other characters play key roles in the narrative, including Anatole’s buddy Pierre, as the story grows into a drama of epic proportions.
If that doesn’t sound like the formula for a box office winner to you, it’s time you check the headlines. After increasingly successful runs at the Ars Nova theater and in the Meatpacking District, among other places, Pierre, Natasha & The Great Comet of 1812 hurtled onto Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in November 2016. Acclaim came quickly from all corners. “It is both the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since Hamilton, and an inspiring sign that the commercial theater can continue to make room for the new,” wrote the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood in his Critic’s Pick review of the play. The Great Comet was the darling of the 71st Tony Awards in June 2017, earning a season-best 12 nominations, including Best Actor in a Musical for Josh Groban as Pierre and Best Actress in a Musical for Denée Benton as Natasha.