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25.05.2017 - 03.09.2017 | Imperial Theatre
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
is a musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy`s War and Peace, with music and libretto by Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin. It is based on Volume 2, Part 5 of War and Peace, focusing on Natasha`s affair with Anatole, and Pierre`s search for meaning in his life
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 stars multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban in his Broadway debut. Inspired by a 70-page slice of War and Peace, this `vibrant, thrillingly imagined new musical` (NY Times) is `stunning and blazingly original` (Entertainment Weekly) and brings us just inches from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers as they light up Moscow in a “heaven-sent fireball` (NY Times) of romance and passion.
NATASHA IS YOUNG, ANATOLE IS HOT, AND ANDREY ISN`T HERE… BUT WHAT ABOUT PIERRE? Natasha is a beautiful ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancée Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but already married) Anatole and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre (Groban), the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.
Moscow, 1812, just before Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and the burning of the city. As the story begins (“Prologue”) we meet “Pierre,” a wealthy aristocrat having an existential crisis, living a slothful life of wine, philosophy and inaction. Meanwhile, the young, newly engaged Natasha Rostova and her cousin Sonya arrive in “Moscow` to stay the winter with Marya D., Natasha’s godmother, while Natasha waits for her fiancé, Andrey, to return from the war. Marya D. tells Natasha that she must visit her future in-laws, a demented, miserly old prince and his spinster daughter, Mary, (“The Private and Intimate Life of the House”), to win their affection and secure the marriage, which is critical to the Rostovs’ status and fortune. However, Natasha’s visit with Mary and Bolkonsky ends in disaster (“Natasha & Bolkonskys”) and she leaves missing Andrey more than ever (“No One Else”).
The next night Natasha is introduced to decadent Moscow society at “The Opera”; there she meets Anatole, a young officer and notorious rogue (“Natasha & Anatole”); after their interaction Natasha feels confused, and tries to remember her love for Andrey (“Natasha Lost”).
Anatole, his friend Dolokhov, and Pierre go out drinking; they are met by Hélène—Pierre`s wife and Anatole`s sister—who taunts Pierre and attempts to get him to drink himself into oblivion. Anatole declares his intention to have Natasha, although he himself is already married, and asks Hélène to help him. Pierre finds Hélène`s familiarity with Dolokhov offensive and challenges him to a duel, almost getting himself killed (`The Duel`). Afterward, Pierre reflects on his life (`Dust and Ashes`). Natasha and her family go to church (`Sunday Morning`); later, Hélène arrives and invites Natasha to the ball that night (`Charming`), where Anatole seduces Natasha (`The Ball`).
Anatole and Natasha make plans to elope, and Natasha breaks off her engagement with Andrey as Mary fruitlessly begs her to return to the Bolkonsky home (“Letters”). Sonya finds out about the plan and realizes it will mean Natasha’s ruin (“Sonya & Natasha”); she determines to stop her at any cost (“Sonya Alone”). That evening Anatole and Dolokhov plan for the elopement (“Preparations”) and call on their trusted troika driver, “Balaga,” to take them to Natasha’s house. However, “The Abduction” is thwarted at the last moment by Marya D.
After scolding a grief-stricken Natasha (“In My House”), Marya D. sends out “A Call to Pierre,” asking him to help handle the crisis. Pierre finds Anatole hiding with Hélène, and kicks Anatole out of Moscow (“Find Anatole”/”Pierre & Anatole”); Natasha poisons herself (“Natasha Very Ill”). Andrey returns. Pierre explains the scandal to him and asks him to be compassionate, but Andrey is unable to forgive (“Pierre & Andrey”). Finally, Pierre visits Natasha (“Pierre & Natasha”). After their meeting, Pierre experiences a moment of enlightenment while seeing “The Great Comet of 1812” in the night sky.
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