Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Hosts Halloween Masquerade Ball Oct. 31
By Michael Gioia
Dave Malloy's critically praised musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 hosts a masquerade ball for its Oct. 31 Halloween performance at 8 PM, featuring a costume contest and an exclusive after-party at Kazino on 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Avenue.
Audience members wishing to partake are advised to wear "their most stylish Russian opera or military attire… or anything befitting the occasion." All ticketholders receive access to an exclusive after-party with the cast. Tickets are available through Telecharge.com.
The musical began its midtown engagement Sept. 27 at Kazino, the supper club-style venue built especially for the production, which was first constructed in the Meatpacking disctict for a summer run. The 14-week limited engagement continues through Dec. 31.
The piece is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater. 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 David Abeles as Pierre, Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Blake DeLong as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Amber Gray as Hélène, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Grace McLean as Marya D, Ashkon Davaran as Balaga, Phillipa Soo as Natasha, Lucas Steele as Anatole and Shaina Taub as Princess Mary. The cast also includes Catherine Brookman, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Lulu Fall, Luke Holloway, Azudi Onyejekwe, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin.
Ghostlight Records released 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 — Oct. 29.
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.'"
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is 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.
For more information and tickets, visit TheGreatCometOf1812.com.
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