On the eve of playing their final performance on Broadway September 3, the cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 gathered backstage at the Imperial Theatre to perform a song from one of Dave Malloy’s upcoming projects: a musical adaptation of the Herman Melville classic, Moby Dick. As previously announced, Great Comet creator Malloy, along with the show’s director, Rachel Chavkin, are currently working on the adaptation.
Watch the cast perform “A Squeeze of the Hand” from the upcoming musical above. Malloy published the video on his YouTube channel with the caption: “This is a song from Moby Dick, a mammoth musical that will happen someday soon.”
Considered a literary classic, Moby Dick tells the story of a sea captain’s quest for revenge on the whale that amputated his leg. The novel was first published in 1851 but didn’t find true commercial success until the 20th century.
Chavkin and Malloy, who also collaborated on the musicals Three Pianos and Preludes, are also planning to adapt King Henry IV: Parts One and Two and Henry V.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 ended its Broadway run at the Imperial Theatre September 3. The musical, which received two 2017 Tony Awards, played 32 previews and 336 regular performances at the time of its closing.
The musically eclectic take on a snippet of War and Peace opened November 14, 2016, following previews that began October 18.
Take a look back at Amber Gray and Grace McLean on Great Comet’s opening night: