Will The Great Comet Strike Again? Immersive Natasha, Pierre... Still Eyeing Broadway

News   Will The Great Comet Strike Again? Immersive Natasha, Pierre... Still Eyeing Broadway
 
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 — Dave Malloy's electropop opera that is based on a slice of the epic novel "War and Peace" — is still eyeing a Broadway life (following its acclaimed Off-Broadway engagements), according to the New York Times. 

Phillipa Soo
Phillipa Soo Photo by Chad Batka

In a recent interview with Howard and Janet Kagan, who transferred the show from the developmental space Ars Nova (where Howard Kagan is a board member) to two New York City runs (in the Meatpacking district and midtown Manhattan), Howard said that he wants to mount the show on Broadway soon.

A feature-film adaptation of the musical was in the works (with the help of a Kickstarter campaign), but plans fell through when the Kickstarter did not reach its $250,000 goal.

The show played its final performance March 2, 2014, at Kazino, the supper club-style venue built especially for the production.

Read the Playbill magazine feature about the show's creation with creator Malloy and director Rachel Chavkin.

The opulent Kazino was first constructed in the Meatpacking disctict for a summer run of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The show's lead producers, Howard and Janet Kagan, moved the production to the Times Square theatre district (at West 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Avenue) for a limited engagement that began Sept. 27, 2013. The piece is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater. Critics praised the production. Read their reviews here. Director Rachel Chavkin, who staged the ambitious work at Ars Nova, directed with choreography by Sam Pinkleton. 

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, according to producers, "invites you to join Tolstoy's brash young lovers for an evening you'll never forget, as vodka flows and passions ignite in Dave Malloy's electropop opera, ripped from a slice of 'War and Peace.'"

A Ghostlight Records album features a 48-page color booklet with complete lyrics, never-before-seen photos, a show synopsis and an essay by Playbill.com columnist Steven Suskin.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 was produced by Howard and Janet Kagan and co-produced by Paula Marie Black, John Logan, Lisa Matlin, Daveed Frazier, Tom Smedes, and Vertical Entertainment/Roman Gambourg/Lev Gelfer.

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "There's a War Goin' On..." Pre-Show Portraits With Great Comet Stars Phillipa Soo and David Abeles

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