Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Ends Off-Broadway Run at Kazino Sept. 2
By Michael Gioia
Dave Malloy's critically praised musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 ends its run Sept. 2 at its immersive home Kazino, the supper club-style venue built especially for the production in the Meat Packing district.
There has been recent talk of a future life for the immersive theatrical experience, including taking the production to Broadway's St. James Theatre.
Representatives for the production could not provide Playbill.com with additional information about a future New York life beyond Kazino.
The Post previously 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 for a 13-week run this fall. Bullets Over Broadway will begin previews at the St. James in the spring.
Ghostlight Records will release a two-disc cast album, preserving Malloy's original score — which merges Russian folk and classical music with indie rock, electronica and organ-influenced cadences — later this year.
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.
Director Rachel Chavkin, who staged the ambitious 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, Shaina Taub as Princess Mary, Blake DeLong as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Amber Gray as Helene, Nick Choksi 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.
For more information and tickets, visit TheGreatCometOf1812.com.
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