Cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Celebrates Album Release With Dec. 10 Barnes & Noble Appearance
By Michael Gioia
Cast members from Off-Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 celebrate the release of the production's new Ghostlight Records cast recording with a Barnes & Noble in-store performance and CD signing Dec. 10, the day the album hits shelves.
The 5 PM event is hosted by Natasha, Pierre composer, writer and original star Dave Malloy and includes director Rachel Chavkin and members of the original cast. Barnes & Noble is located on the Upper East Side at 150 East 86th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues. Call (212) 369-2180 for details.
The Ghostlight Records album was recorded Aug. 26 at MSR Studios in New York City. A deluxe, two-disc version of the album is released in stores Dec. 10. It 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.
A highlights version, featuring special selections from the acclaimed work, was released in digital format Oct. 29.
The recording is produced by Dean Sharenow, Howard and Janet Kagan and Kurt Deutsch. To order the album, visit Sh-k-Boom.com/GreatComet.
The opulent Kazino, the supper club-style venue built especially for the production, 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, have moved the hit production to the Times Square theatre district (at West 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Avenue) for a 14-week limited engagement through Dec. 31.
The piece is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater. Previews began Off-Broadway May 1, following its world premiere at Ars Nova. Critics praised the production. Read their reviews here. Director Rachel Chavkin, who staged the ambitious work at Ars Nova, again directs with choreography by Sam Pinkleton.
The recording cast features David Abeles, Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, Catherine Brookman, Nick Choksi, Ken Clark, Ashkon Davaran, Blake DeLong, Amber Gray, Luke Holloway, Dave Malloy, Grace McLean, Azudi Onyejekwe, Paul Pinto, Phillipa Soo, Lucas Steele, Shaina Taub, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin.
The complete track listing follows:
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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