The producers of The Great Comet will make a donation of $10,000 plus all food and beverage sales from the show's first performance Sept. 27 in the theatre district. In addition, they will contribute all proceeds from the special first night after-party beginning Sept. 27 at 11 PM, which is open to the public with or without a ticket to The Great Comet. (Attendance at the party is free of charge and will feature live entertainment and an opportunity for guests to show their support for the Russian LGBT community.)
"As we invite audiences into our own version of an opulent supper club celebrating Tolstoy's Russia, we hope to see a contemporary Russia that supports its LGBT community," producers Howard and Janet Kagan said in a statement. "We are glad to support Human Rights Watch in their efforts to bring that vision to reality. Also, at Kazino, we promise that until the rights of the Russian LGBT community are ensured, we will only pour vodkas made in the US and Northern and Western Europe."
"Now is one of the most important times to stand with Russia's LGBT community against hate and homophobia," Minky Worden, director of Global Initiatives for Human Rights Watch, added. "We are grateful and excited to partner with the team behind The Great Comet of 1812 to help get the word out about this harrowing human rights crisis."
Dave Malloy's musical, which is staged within the custom-built pop-up supper club Kazino, begins performances Sept. 27 in midtown's theatre district after an earlier summer engagement downtown. The 14-week limited engagement, staged at West 45th Street between Times Square and 8th Avenue, runs through Dec. 31.
Human Rights Watch is working to protect the rights of LGBT individuals in Russia, to overturn the recently passed Russian law that discriminates against the LGBT community and to identify and raise awareness of abuse and discrimination that occurs against the Russian LGBT community. 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.'"
The production 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, Phillipa Soo as Natasha and Lucas Steele as Anatole. Ashkon Davaran will play Balaga, and the cast also features Ken Clark, Catherine Brookman, Luke Holloway, Azudi Onyejekwe, Mariand Torres and Lauren Zakrin.
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.