Cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Hits the Recording Studio

By Michael Gioia
and Adam Hetrick
August 28, 2013

The cast and creative team of Dave Malloy's critically praised musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which will end its run Sept. 2 at its immersive home Kazino, were in the studio this week to record the cast album of the Off-Broadway show, according to the production's official Twitter account. 



On Aug. 26, the show's official Twitter account tweeted, "The Comet recording is coming...‪" The tweet also included a photo taken by cast member Phillipa Soo, who plays Natasha, of the cast in the recording studio. 

Or Matias, the show's musical director, also tweeted, "Heading back in for day 2 to conduct the cast album of ‪@GreatComet1812 . Not a bad way to spend the next 15 hours :)." 

Representatives for the production could not confirm to Playbill.com that a cast album will be released.

As previously reported, the show may be eyeing a Broadway transfer. The St. James Theatre, which currently houses the Beatles tribute concert Let It Be, has caught the eye of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 producers, who may book the theatre for a 13-week run this fall, the New York Post reported. The musical is currently housed in a one-of-a-kind, supper club-style venue built especially for the production in the Meat Packing district.  

The Post also reported that producers are considering removing the orchestra seating at the St. James in order to accommodate the immersive staging of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Let It Be will end its Broadway run Sept. 1. Bullets Over Broadway will begin previews at the St. James in the spring.

Producers Howard and Janet Kagan (Pippin, Porgy and Bess) in partnership with Randy Weiner (Sleep No More) and Simon Hammerstein present Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The piece is the recent recipient of the 2013 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater. Previews began May 1.

Critics praised the production. Read their reviews here.

Director Rachel Chavkin, who staged the ambitious, immersive work at Ars Nova, again directs with choreography by Sam Pinkleton.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 features many of the original cast members from Ars Nova, including Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Gelsey Bell as Princess Mary, Blake DeLong as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Amber Gray as Helene, Ian Lassiter as Dolokhov, David Abeles as Pierre, Grace McLean as Marya D, Paul Pinto as Balaga, Phillipa Soo as Natasha and Lucas Steele as Anatole.

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.'"

"Howard and Janet's production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 will be more than just a stunning theatrical production; it will be a bona fide only-in-New York event," added Weiner. "Simon and I were inspired by the world of the show to heighten and augment the experience. We are creating our own unique take on a Russian supper club, a world of mystery and mystique that will entice and entertain audiences before, during, and after the show."

Every ticket to the production includes a full Russian-style dinner. Kazino is open six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday) with doors open at 4 PM on weekdays and noon on weekends. At its center are eight performances per week of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, complemented by an array of pre- and post-show live supper club entertainment and a full gourmet menu and bar. Kazino is open for food, drink and live entertainment from the time doors open until closing. 

Malloy's original score merges Russian folk and classical music with indie rock, electronica and organ-influenced cadences. The staging transformed Ars Nova's theatre into a "Moscow dining club: with no 'stage,' the musicians, performers and audience sit together at tables piled high with dumplings and vodka as the action unfolds throughout the space." Malloy was also part of the Ars Nova cast. 

For more information and tickets, visit TheGreatCometOf1812.com.