FIRST LOOK: Josh Groban and Denée Benton in the Official Broadway Poster for The Great Comet
The upcoming Broadway production of Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 has released its official poster art, featuring leading players Denée Benton and Josh Groban as the title characters. Inspired by a small section of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, The Great Comet will play the Imperial Theatre beginning the first week of October, with opening night set for November 14.
Joining Benton and Groban are 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.
The Great Comet was originally commissioned and developed at Ars Nova in NYC where it had its world premiere in the fall of 2012. It transferred to a custom-built venue in the Meatpacking District for the summer of 2013. The show and the entire venue transferred to the Theater District where it continued its run into the spring of 2014. It played a pre-Broadway engagement in 2015 at American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts.