Tony nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) received a Sardi's portrait on Friday, June 2.
Inspired by a small section of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, was originally commissioned and developed at Ars Nova in New York where it had its world premiere in fall 2012, and was transferred to a custom-built venue in the Meatpacking District for summer 2013. The show and the entire venue was transferred to the Theater District where it continued its run into spring 2014. It played a pre-Broadway engagement in 2015 at American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts.
Starring Denée Benton alongside Groban, The Great Comet runs at Broadway's Imperial Theatre, and is nominated for 12 Tony Award nominations. The cast also includes Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Gelsey Bell as Princess Mary, Nicholas Belton as Bolonsky/Andrey, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Amber Gray as Helene, Grace McLean as Marya D, Paul Pinto as Balaga, Lucas Steele as Anatole, and Scott Stangland as the standby for Pierre.
The ensemble includes Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Nick Gaswirth, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Katrina Yaukey, and Lauren Zakrin. Ashford, Bell, Choksi, Clark, Gray, McLean, Onyejekwe, Pinto, Steele, and Zakrin all appeared in the show's off-Broadway mountings.
Rachel Chavkin directs the production, which features choreography by Sam Pinkleton, set design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Nicholas Pope, music supervision by Sonny Paladino, and musical direction by Or Matias.
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