Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

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Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Intermission: Yes

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,
THE GREAT COMET has "rousing music and ravishing performances" (Daily News) with a groundbreaking score that mixes rock, pop, soul, folk and electronic dance music with classic Broadway. Its renowned creative team has reimagined the Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, where every seat provides a unique perspective and an unforgettable experience.

Standard Schedule
Schedule can vary by performance and is subject to change.
Monday: No performance
Tuesday: 7PM
Wednesday: 2PM & 8PM
Thursday: 7PM
Friday: 8PM
Saturday: 2PM & 8PM
Sunday: 3PM

Josh Groban will not appear in the following performances:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
*At these performances, the show’s creator, Dave Malloy, will play the role of ‘Pierre.’

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Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th St New York , NY 10036

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For Ages?

A thrilling historical fantasy, THE GREAT COMET is recommended for ages 12 and up.



Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 35 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 35-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature films Crazy, Stupid, Love, Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, as well as on CBS’ Life in Pieces, NBC’s The Office, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and CBS’ The Crazy Ones. Groban has released seven studio albums, 2001’s self-titled double-platinum debut, 2003’s multi-platinum Closer, 2006’s double-platinum Awake, 2007’s quadruple-platinum Grammy-nominated Noel, 2010’s platinum Illuminations, and 2013’s All That Echoes, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, giving Groban his first No. 1 debut and third chart-topper. The album earned Groban some of his best reviews to date. In April 2015, Groban released Stages, a collection of some of the greatest songs from musical theater. The album was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In February 2016 Groban released a CD/DVD package, entitled Stages Live, featuring performances recorded at the historic Los Angeles Theater in downtown L.A. for his all-new PBS special Josh Groban: Stages Live.

Denée Benton will be making her Broadway debut opposite Josh Groban, in the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 at the Imperial Theatre. She also starred as 'Nabulungi' in the West End and US National Tour of The Book of Mormon. Her regional credits include Annie, Sunset Boulevard, and Fiddler On The Roof at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Benton can currently be seen in Season 2 of Lifetime's hit television series, “UnREAL” as Ruby. She is a 2014 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.


Brittain Ashford will make her Broadway debut in The Great Comet in the role she originated at Ars Nova and received a Lucille Lortel nomination for during its run at Kazino. She's also appeared in Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet (Bushwick Starr, The Heath, Curran: Under Construction, A.R.T.) and fronts her own band, Prairie Empire.

Broadway: The Threepenny Opera with Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper.  Off-Broadway: he has originated numerous roles in varied productions including Myths and Hymns (Prospect Theater Company), the Drama Desk nominated productions of The Kid (The New Group) and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino) for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of Anatole Kuragin. Television/Film: "Dangerous Liaisons" (pilot) and Photo Op

Amber Gray has appeared in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, Ars Nova), Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop), Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC), Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape), An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, P.S.122), Taylor Mac's A 24 Decade History of Popular Music: 1900's-1950's (New York Live Arts with Under the Radar), The TEAM's Mission Drift (London's National, P.S.122's COIL, Edinburgh's Traverse, etc), and ongoing with Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping. M.F.A: NYU Graduate Acting.


DAVE MALLOY – Book, Music, and Lyrics

Dave Malloy is a composer/ writer/ performer/ sound designer. He has written eleven musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, in which he also originated the role of Pierre. Other shows include Ghost Quartet, a song cycle about love, death, and whiskey; Preludes, a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff; Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert’s “Winterreise;” Black Wizard/Blue Wizard, a philosophical escapist fantasy; Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage; Beardo; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon. He has won two OBIE Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, an ASCAP New Horizons Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant, has been a Guest Professor in devised music theater at Princeton and Vassar Universities, and is the composer for Banana Bag & Bodice. Future projects include adaptations of Moby-Dick and Shakespeare’s Henriad.

Rachel Chavkin is a director, writer, dramaturg, and Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based experimental ensemble, the TEAM. Known primarily for developing new work, she has directed multiple world premieres including Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds for Ars Nova and subsequent transfer to the Signature Theatre, and Anaïs Mitchell's folkopera Hadestown for New York Theatre Workshop. Chavkin is an NYTW Usual Suspect where she also directed Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy's Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert's Winterreise, originally produced at the Ontological Incubator, where it earned a 2010 Obie Award. Malloy and Chavkin were awarded a 2013 Obie for Comet, and in 2016 she received an Obie for her direction of Marco Ramirez's The Royale at Lincoln Center, as well as Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations. Other projects include Anne Washburn's transadaptation of Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis, with music by indie folk duo the Bengsons at Classic Stage Company, Meg Miroshnik's The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at Yale Rep, an ongoing collaboration with British writer/performer Chris Thorpe, with whom she developed Confirmation about confirmation bias and Thorpe's conversations with political extremism, and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including Act II of the world premiere of Mac's 5-Act, 5-hour extravaganza, The Lily's Revenge. Chavkin co-founded the TEAM in 2004 with the mission to collaboratively create new work about the experience of living in America today. Once described as “Gertrude Stein meets MTV,” the company's work has been seen all over New York including at PS122 and the Public Theater, nationally at the Walker Art Center and the A.R.T., and internationally at the National Theatre in London, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Royal Court, and festivals across Europe, Australia, and Asia. Four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, 2011 Herald Angel, 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, Best Production Dublin Fringe 2007, nominated for a 2012 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical, and a recipient of the American Theatre Wing’s 2014 National Theatre Company Grant, the TEAM's work was cited on “Best of 2013” lists on 3 continents. The company's collaborative writing process and the development of Mission Drift, a new musical created with composer Heather Christian about Las Vegas and the particular spirit of American capitalism, was the subject of the documentary The TEAM Makes a Play, directed by Emmy Award winner Paulette Douglas. Chavkin has taught extensively, including at Playwrights Horizons Theater School within New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her B.F.A. She earned her M.F.A. at Columbia.

SAM PINKLETON – Choreography
Sam Pinkleton recently directed Runaways for City Center Encores Off-Center. As a choreographer his work includes Machinal (Broadway/Roundabout); Kansas City Choir Boy (with Courtney Love); Rimbaud in NY (BAM); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; Stage Kiss; Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons); Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep); The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA), and shows with Theatre for A New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre, The TEAM, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Pig Iron Theatre Company. He is an Associate Artist with The Civilians and The Dance Cartel and is Artistic Associate for City Center Encores Off-Center. This season Sam is also represented on Broadway as choreographer of Heisenberg, Significant Other, and Amélie.