Take a look inside rehearsals with the cast of American Repertory Theater's new production of Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The newly re-imagined production features some of the original cast members from the acclaimed Off-Broadway debut, as well as a string of Broadway actors.
The A.R.T production, kicking off Dec. 6, is staged by original director Rachel Chavkin. Originally seen at ArsNova and Off-Broadway in a supperclub tent built especially to house the immersive production, this new incarnation has been reconceived for a proscenium setting at the Loeb Drama Center. To capture the experience of the original, additional playing spaces will be created throughout the theatre, with banquettes and dining tables added.
MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ winner Mimi Lien is the show's set designer.
Returning to the production are Nicholas Benton as Andrey, Lucas Steele as Anatole, Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov and Grace McLean as Marya.
Performances will run through Jan. 3, 2016, at the Loeb Drama Center. The cast will also feature new additions Denèe Benton (national tour of The Book of Mormon) as Natasha (originally played by Hamilton's Phillipa Soo), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening) as Hélène and Scott Stangland (Once) as Pierre, who will perform among the audience in this immersive staging.
Casting is rounded out by Gelsey Bell and Paul Pinto. The ensemble is composed of Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall (who played Hélène in the original), Ashley Perez Flanagan, Nick Gaswirth, Azudi Onyejekweb (also featured in the original ensemble), Heath Saunders, Lauren Zakrin (featured in the original ensemble) and Katrina Yaukey.