Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson joins the cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 starting tonight. In her Broadway debut, she will take on the role of Sonya, temporarily replacing Brittain Ashford, who will return to the company August 16. (Michaelson, however, will not perform the role August 2-6.)
Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton) was also scheduled to join the cast tonight, succeeding Josh Groban as Pierre, but his debut in the role has been pushed back to July 11. Great Comet creator Dave Malloy will play the role through July 9.
The current cast includes Denée Benton (Natasha), Gelsey Bell (Princess Mary), Nicholas Belton (Bolkonsky/Andrey), Nick Choksi (Dolokhov), Amber Gray (Helene), Grace McLean (Marya D.), Paul Pinto (Balaga), Lucas Steele (Anatole), and Scott Stangland as the standby for Pierre.
Inspired by a small section of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, The Great Comet was created by Malloy and is directed by Rachel Chavkin. The musical was originally commissioned and developed in New York at Ars Nova, 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 were transferred to the Theater District, where The Great Comet continued its run into spring 2014. It played a pre-Broadway engagement in 2015 at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts. The Broadway mounting opened November 14, 2016, at the Imperial Theatre.