The Verdict: Critics Review Immersive Musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 at NYC's Kazino
17 May 2013
Phillipa Soo and Lucas Steele
Photo by Ben Arons
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy’s critically praised "electro-pop opera" based on "War and Peace," officially opened May 16 at Kazino — a new venue created specifically for the show that immerses audiences in the experience.
Producers Howard and Janet Kagan (Pippin, Porgy and Bess) in partnership with Randy Weiner (Sleep No More) and Simon Hammerstein present the production at the new space — a temporary structure that rises at the corner of West 13th Street and Washington Street, wedged between The High Line and The Standard Hotel in the heart of New York's meatpacking district — through Sept. 1.
Director Rachel Chavkin, who first staged the ambitious, immersive work at Ars Nova last fall, again directs with choreography by Sam Pinkleton. The piece is the recent recipient of the 2013 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater. Previews began May 1.
The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.
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