The new Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which opened at the Imperial Theatre November 14, will continue to burn bright with the announcement that Josh Groban has extended his run with the production into the summer.
Groban, who is making his Broadway debut in the inventive and unconventional musical inspired by a romantic passage from Tolstoy’s War and Peace, announced via Twitter that he will continue his run through July 2. A new block of tickets is now on sale.
It’s an impressive debut for the multi-platinum recording artist who sings, acts, and plays several instruments throughout the show. The New York Times praised his performance, characterizing it as “absolutely wonderful. ... His acting is superb, as he all but trembles with the existential despair that courses through Pierre’s veins virtually nonstop.”
Groban’s extension ensures that he will remain with The Great Comet through the theatre awards season, which ramps up to the Tony Awards on June 11, 2017. The official eligibility cut-off date for Tony eligibility will be April 27, and nominations for the awards will be announced May 2.
Written by Dave Malloy, Rachel Chavkin directs the immersive musical that transformed the Imperial Theatre into an opulent Russian salon that engulfs the audience.
The cast also features Denée Benton as Natasha, Brittain Ashford as Sonya, Gelsey Bell as Princess Mary, Nicholas Belton as Bolkonsky/Andrey, Nick Choksi as Dolokhov, Amber Gray as Helene, Grace McLean as Marya D, Paul Pinto as Balaga, Scott Stangland as Pierre (standby), and Lucas Steele as Anatole.
The ensemble includes Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Nick Gaswirth, Alex Gibson, Billy Joe Kiessling, Mary Spencer Knapp, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Andrew Mayer, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Ani Taj, Cathryn Wake, Katrina Yaukey, and Lauren Zakrin.
The Great Comet, according to press notes, is described as “a theatrical experience like no other. Malloy’s inspired adaptation of a 70-page slice of War and Peace puts audiences just inches away from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers, as they light up Moscow in an epic tale of romance and passion.”
Tickets are available via Telecharge.com or by visiting the Imperial Theatre box office (249 West 45th Street).