From the commemorated and award-winning composer Dave Malloy comes Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and also Peace. Young and also impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the rerevolve of her fiancé from the front lines. When she drops under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family members frifinish in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. Following a critically exalted premiere at Ars Nova in New York City, a subsequent Off-Broadmeans transfer, and also an acasserted run on Broadway, this award-winning musical expands the possibilities for the genre via its daring score and also bold storyinforming.
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 premiered at Ars Nova in New York City in October 2012, under the direction of Rachel Chavkin.
PROLOGUEMoscow, 1812, just before Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and the burning of the city. As the story begins (“Prologue”) we accomplish “Pierre,” a rich aristocrat having actually an existential crisis, living a slothful life of wine, ideology, and inaction.
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PART IAt the same time, the young, newly involved Natasha Rostova and also her cousin Sonya arrive in “Moscow” to stay the winter via Marya D., Natasha’s godmother, while Natasha waits for her fiancé, Andrey, to rerotate from the war. Marya D. tells Natasha that she must visit her future in-regulations, the demented, miserly old Prince Bolkonsky and also his spinster daughter, Mary (“The Private and Intimate Life of the House”), to win their affection and secure the marriage, which is crucial to the Rostovs’ standing and fortune. However, Natasha’s visit ends in disaster (“Natasha & Bolkonskys”), and also she leaves lacking Andrey even more than ever before (“No One Else”).
PART IIThe next night, Natasha is introduced to decadent Moscow culture at “The Opera”; there she meets Anatole, a young officer and notorious rogue (“Natasha & Anatole”); their interactivity leaves Natasha feeling confused.
PART IIIAnatole, his friend Dolokhov, and also Pierre go out drinking; they are met by Hélène, (Pierre’s wife and Anatole’s sister), that taunts Pierre. Anatole declares his intention to have actually Natasha, although he is currently married. Pierre finds his wife’s familiarity through Dolokhov offensive and also difficulties him to a duel, almost obtaining himself eliminated (“The Duel”). Afterward, Pierre mirrors on his life (“Dust and also Ashes”). Natasha and also her family members go to church (“Sunday Morning”); later, Hélène arrives and also invites Natasha to the round that night (“Charming”), wright here Anatole seduces Natasha (“The Ball”).
PART IVNatasha and also Anatole make plans to elope, and Natasha breaks off her engagement via Andrey (“Letters”). Sonya finds out about the setup and also realizes it will mean Natasha’s damage (“Sonya & Natasha”); she determines to stop her at any type of cost (“Sonya Alone”). That evening Anatole and also Dolokhov arrangement for the elopement (“Preparations”) and also call on their trusted troika driver, “Balaga,” to take them to Natasha’s residence. However before, “The Abduction” is thwarted at the last minute by Marya D.
PART VAfter scolding a grief-stricken Natasha (“In My House”), Marya D. sends out out “A Call to Pierre,” asking him to help take care of the crisis. Pierre kicks Anatole out of Moscow (“Find Anatole” / “Pierre & Anatole”); Natasha poisons herself (“Natasha Very Ill”); Andrey returns. Pierre defines the scandal to him and asks him to be compassionate, but Andrey is unable to foroffer (“Pierre & Andrey”). Finally, Pierre visits Natasha (“Pierre & Natasha”). After their meeting, Pierre experiences a minute of enlightenment while seeing “The Great Comet of 1812” in the night skies.
There"s a war going on out tright here somewright here, and also ANDREY isn"t right here.(Range: Baritone, F2-Eb3)NATASHA is young; she loves Andrey via all her heart.(Range: Soprano, G3-F5)SONYA is good; Natasha"s cousin and closest frifinish.(Range: Mezzo-Soprano, B3-C5)MARYA is oldschool; a grande dame of Moscow. Natasha"s Godmother, strict yet sort.(Range: Alto, G3-B4)ANATOLE is hot; he spends his money on womales and also wine.(Range: Tenor, B2-C#5)HÉLÈNE is a slut; Anatole"s sister, married to Pierre.
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(Range: Alto, G3-F5)DOLOKHOV is fierce (however not too important). Anatole"s frifinish, a crazy great shot. (Range: Baritone, E3-F4)OLD PRINCE BOLKONSKY is crazy, and MARY is plain; Andrey"s household - totally messed up. (BOLKONSKY Range: Baritone, Ab3-F4) (MARY Range: Mezzo-Soprano, G3-B4)BALAGA is just for fun.(Range: Baritone, A2-E4)And what about PIERRE? Dear, bewildered, and also awkward PIERRE?(Range: Bari-Tenor, Ab2-Ab4)ENSEMBLE/VARIOUS OTHERS (2F 2M +)
Time Period1nine CenturyFeaturesElaboprice / High Volume Costumes, Period CostumesMore FeaturesNot ApplicableDuration120 minutes (2 hours)CautionsAlcoholGun ShotsMild Adult Themes
Critic"s Pick! "A witty, inventive enchantment from rousing begin to mournful complete. It is both the most innovative and the finest brand-new musical to open up on Broadmethod since Hamilton!" - The New York Times, Read MoreCritic"s Pick! "A vivid, transporting brand-new musical <...> Mr. Malloy’s lyrical voice is blunt, funny and also forthrightly contemporary <...>” - The New York Times, Read More"5 Stars (out of 5) <...> Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 feels choose a party from start to end: lively, intelligent and utterly engrossing <...> The dazzlingly variegated score - which covers musical terrain from folk songs via rock, R&B and residence music - captures their story in stirring and surprising ways; <...> this is a rare and also marvelous event: amid the din of New York, an oasis of artful illumicountry.” - Time Out New York, Read More"Inventive, ravishing and also full-on romantic! <...> Appearing out of nowbelow to brighten the theatrical seachild, this thrilling new present relies on ambition, resourcefulness, craft and also heart.” - New York Article, Read More"This astonishing new musical adapts a 70-page section of <War and also Peace>, mashing up imperialist Russia and an eclectic array of styles, turning Tolstoy right into a swoon-worthy, vodka-soaked party. It"s a sensual, wild ride: rollicking music, beautiful singing, a feast for the eye, ear and mouth." - NY1, Read More“Dave Malloy may be a genius.” - New York Theatre Rewatch, Read More
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