Mandy Patinkin's just-announced return to Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 means that Hamilton alum Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, who is currently playing the role of Pierre, had to cut short his stint in the award-winning at the Imperial Theatre.
Onaodowan, who succeeded Tony nominee Josh Groban in the role, began performances July 11 and will now play his final performance August 13. Patinkin is scheduled to begin August 15 and continue through September 3.
In a statement, producer Howard Kagan said, “This continues our show's remarkable history of having great actors and singers see the show as audience members, only to tell us they are inspired to join the cast! Whenever possible we will accommodate them as we did here with Mandy and his Homeland TV schedule. Oak, who was scheduled to appear as Pierre for this period graciously agreed to make room for Mandy, and we sincerely hope that Oak will return to us in the fall or winter. He is a terrific Pierre.”
Onaodowan had been scheduled to begin performances July 3, succeeding Groban, who took his final bow July 2. Onaodowan's start date, however, was pushed back by a week. In the interim, the show's Tony-nominated composer Dave Malloy played the role of Pierre.
Onaodowan’s Broadway credits also include Rocky and Cyrano de Bergerac. His Off-Broadway work includes Hamilton at the Public, Luce, Neighbors, and Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment. He was also in the first national tour of American Idiot.
Created by three-time Tony nominee Dave Malloy and directed by Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin, The Great Comet officially opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) November 14, 2016.