Two-Disc Cast Album of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Will Be Released in 2013
By Michael Gioia
Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of the downtown production of Dave Malloy's critically praised musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which will end its Off-Broadway run at its immersive home Kazino Sept. 2, later this year. The two-disc album was recorded Aug. 26 at MSR Studios in New York City.
The recording is produced by Dean Sharenow, Howard and Janet Kagan and Kurt Deutsch. To pre-order the album, visit Sh-k-Boom.com/GreatComet.
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.
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.
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