Mandy Patinkin Is Broadway's Next Pierre in The Great Comet
Patinkin will return to Broadway for the first time since 2012.
Tony-winning Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin will return to the New York stage as Pierre in Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
The Evita, Sunday in the Park With George, and Homeland vet will appear in the show for three weeks, August 15-September 3. Okieriete Onaodowan, who currently plays Pierre, will end his run as Pierre three weeks earlier than originally announced, on August 13. This marks Patinkin's first role in a Broadway musical since 2000's The Wild Party, and his first time on Broadway since his 2011-12 season concert An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.
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 and received 2017 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.