Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Musical

Writers: Dave Malloy

Overview

Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Conceived By
Based on the Play/Book/Film
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2012
Genres
Drama
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
Moscow, Russia, Winter, 1812
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace bursts off the page in the dazzling, vibrant Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. In Europe, the Napoleonic Wars are raging, but in Moscow, the opulent, glittering world of Russia’s elite parties under the magical glow of the Great Comet. The innocent, romantic Natasha arrives in Moscow, longing for the return of her fiancé, Andrey. When she meets the dashing, seductive Anatole, she quickly falls head over heels for the charming rogue. But when Natasha throws off her engagement and attempts to elope with Anatole, it is up to Pierre—the melancholy, lost Pierre, desperate to feel alive once more—to save Natasha and her family from ruin. This sung-through musical by Dave Malloy takes a small portion from Tolstoy’s classic novel, and creates a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience: part-musical, part-rock show, part-Russian cabaret, all told in Malloy’s bold, soaring, heartfelt masterpiece.

Lead Characters