The creation of the dazzling Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812—inspired by a 70-page passage from Tolstoy’s War and Peace—is captured in a new 224-page hardcover book to be published November 22 from Sterling Publishing.
The immersive musical written by Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin opened on Broadway November 14 to critical raves. Read reviews here.
Edited and compiled by theatre journalist and Playbill contributor Steven Suskin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 The Journey Of A New Musical To Broadway includes the show’s full script (with annotations by Malloy), as well as behind-the-scenes photos and stories documenting the show’s journey to Broadway.
Also included is a bonus CD featuring five songs. Three of which are from the Off-Broadway production, as well as two new recordings for the Broadway incarnation featuring Josh Groban and a 25-piece orchestra.
The book will retail for $40.00.
The unconventional production, which was also acclaimed Off-Broadway, has completely transformed the Imperial Theatre into an opulent Russian salon that engulfs the audience.
The cast is headed by Groban as Pierre and Denée Benton as Natasha. More about the cast and creative team here.