The Verdict: What Did Critics Think of Newly Staged Great Comet of 1812?

The Verdict   The Verdict: What Did Critics Think of Newly Staged Great Comet of 1812?
Cambridge's American Repertory Theater production of Dave Malloy's electropop opera Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 officially opened Dec. 16, following previews that began Dec. 6. The new incarnation, helmed by original director Rachel Chavkin, was reconceived for a proscenium setting and features much of the original cast.
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The critics are filing their reviews for the A.R.T. revival, which runs through Jan. 3, 2016, and will continue to update them for our readers.



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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 was previously seen in a dazzling, immersive staging Off-Broadway. Returning to the production from the original staging Off-Broadway are Nicholas Benton as Andrey, Lucas Steele as Anatole, Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov and Grace McLean as Marya.

The cast also features new additions Denèe Benton (national tour of The Book of Mormon) as Natasha (originally played by Hamilton's Phillipa Soo), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening) as Hélène and Scott Stangland (Once) as Pierre. Casting is rounded out by Gelsey Bell and Paul Pinto. The ensemble is composed of Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall (who played Hélène in the original), Ashley Perez Flanagan, Nick Gaswirth, Azudi Onyejekweb (also featured in the original ensemble), Heath Saunders, Lauren Zakrin (featured in the original ensemble) and Katrina Yaukey. MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner Mimi Lien is the show's set designer.

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As previously reported, the musical, which is inspired by a passage from Leo Tolstoy's epic novel "War and Peace," is set to arrive on Broadway next fall starring Josh Groban

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