Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson joins the cast of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 July 3 at the Imperial Theatre.
Michaelson, who is making her Broadway debut, steps into the role of Sonya. She will perform through August 15 while Brittain Ashford, who originated the part, takes a temporary leave from the show. Ashford is scheduled to return August 16. (Michaelson will not perform August 2–6.)
Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton, had also been scheduled to step into the role of Pierre July 3 but will now begin July 11. In the interim The Great Comet composer Dave Malloy will play the role of Pierre, succeeding Tony nominee Josh Groban, who took his final bow July 2.
Malloy, who earned Tony Award nominations for the show's book, score, and orchestrations, has been playing Pierre at select performances since May. Though the role marks his Broadway debut, it's not his first time in the part; Malloy originated the role of Pierre in The Great Comet’s initial Off-Broadway runs at Ars Nova and Kazino.
Michaelson's music is released on her own label, Cabin 24 Records, which has sold over one million albums and 10 million singles to date, including her Platinum singles, “The Way I Am,” “Girls Chase Boys,” and “Celebrate,” featuring AJR. Michaelson recently released Alter Egos, an EP featuring duets with Sara Bareilles, AJR, John Paul White, Tegan and Sara and Lucius and announced that she’d inked a deal to develop and star in a semi-autobiographical comedy for Hulu. On June 16 at the LA Film Festival, the entertainer made her film debut in Humor Me, Sam Hoffman's directorial debut.
Michaelson and Malloy star alongside Tony nominees Denée Benton and Lucas Steele, who play Natasha and Anatole, respectively. The cast also includes Amber Gray as Hélène, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Nicholas Belton as Andrey and Bolkonsky, and Grace McLean as Marya D.
Created by Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin, The Great Comet was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning for Outstanding Scenic Design (Mimi Lien) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Bradley King).