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How The Great Comet Evolved Into a War and Peace-Sized Tony Nominee

Dave Malloy, Rachel Chavkin, and others on the team behind this immersive Broadway musical discuss its transition from the 87-seat Ars Nova to the massive Imperial Theatre.

In the unlikeliest success story Broadway has seen in many years, a small, immersive musical that once played an 87-seat venue off-off-Broadway has moved to the 1,000-plus-seat Imperial Theatre and has received 12 Tony nominations. Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 may have had a strange evolution (it made a pit stop at a specially constructed tent in the meatpacking district as well), but there's no stopping its momentum. Malloy, director Rachel Chavkin, cast member Lucas Steele, and the design team recently discussed the trajectory of this improbable hit with TheaterMania, sharing the joy of their Tony nods along the way.