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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 - Full Length Musical, Drama

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Dave Malloy

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Full Length Musical, Drama

5m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573702839

An electropop opera ripped from a slice of Tolstoy's War & Peace...

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Literature), Period, Experimental

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play -

Various locations in 19th century Russia. The original production used immersive staging to create a Russian-Samovar-meets-New-York-City-Night-Club atmopshere. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Obie, From Off-Broadway

2014 Lucille Lortel Award Winner - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Costume Design 
2013 Drama Desk Award Nomination - Outstanding Music & Outstanding Lyrics

2013 OBIE Award - Special Citation
2013 Off Broadway Alliance Awards - Best New Musical
2013 Drama League Awards Nomination - Outstanding Production of a Musical

From the celebrated 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 & Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. Following a critically acclaimed premiere at Ars Nova in New York City, and a subsequent Off Broadway transfer, this award winning musical expands the possibilities for this genre with its daring score and bold storytelling.

REVIEWS:

CRITICS' PICK! "A witty, inventive enchantment from rousing start to mournful finish. It is both the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since Hamilton!" - The New York Times, Read More

CRITIC'S PICK! "A vibrant, transporting new musical…Mr. Malloy’s lyrical voice is blunt, funny and forthrightly contemporary…” - The New York Times, Read More

“5 Stars (out of 5)…Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 feels like a party from start to end: lively, intelligent and utterly engrossing…The dazzlingly variegated score—which covers musical terrain from folk songs through rock, R&B and house music—captures their story in stirring and surprising ways; ...this is a rare and marvelous event: amid the din of New York, an oasis of artful illumination.” - Time Out New York, Read More

"Inventive, ravishing and full-on romantic!...Appearing out of nowhere to brighten the theatrical season, this thrilling new show relies on ambition, ingenuity, craft and heart.” - New York Post, Read More

"This astonishing new musical adapts a 70-page section of [War and Peace], mashing up imperialist Russia and an eclectic range of styles, turning Tolstoy 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 Review, Read More 


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER 

A.R.T. Series: On All Sides, An Interview with Director Rachel Chavkin 
by Tessa Nelson
December 16, 2015 

A.R.T. Series: On the Set of GREAT COMET 
by Tessa Nelson
December 16, 2015

A.R.T. Series: The Great Experiment
by Dave Malloy
December 16, 2015


Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 premiered at Ars Nova in New York City in October 2012, under the direction of Rachel Chavkin. 


Characters

CASTING

5m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

In the original production, actors played many of the instruments. While this is not mandatory, an Instrument Breakdown Guide is included in the rental package.

BOLKONSKY and ANDREY are double-cast.

CHORUS SIZE

Small

There's a war going on out there somewhere, and ANDREY isn't here.
(Range: Baritone, F2-Eb3)
NATASHA is young; she loves Andrey with all her heart.
(Range: Soprano, G3-F5)
SONYA is good; Natasha's cousin and closest friend.
(Range: Mezzo-Soprano, B3-C5)
MARYA is oldschool; a grande dame of Moscow. Natasha's Godmother, strict yet kind.
(Range: Alto, G3-B4)
ANATOLE is hot; he spends his money on women and wine.
(Range: Tenor, B2-C#5)
HÉLÈNE is a slut; Anatole's sister, married to Pierre.
(Range: Alto, G3-F5)
DOLOKHOV is fierce (but not too important). Anatole's friend, a crazy good shot. 
(Range: Baritone, E3-F4)
OLD PRINCE BOLKONSKY is crazy, and MARY is plain; Andrey's family - 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 awkward PIERRE?
(Range: Bari-Tenor, Ab2-Ab4)
ENSEMBLE/VARIOUS OTHERS (2F 2M +)

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock, Folk, Operetta

VOCAL DEMANDS

Difficult

1 Piano/Conductor Score
10 Vocal Chorus Books
1 Data Disc (Sound Files)

Mary Instrumental Book
Pierre Instrumental Book
Guitar Vocal Books (3 Books)
Anatole Instrumental Book/Violin
Oboe
Clarinet
Accordion
Auxilliary Percussion
Drums
Keyboard 1
Viola
Cello
Bass
Song Samples

Prologue (Ensemble)

Pierre (Pierre, Ensemble)

Natasha Lost (Natasha)

Sonya Alone (Sonya)

Balaga (Balaga, Ensemble)

The Great Comet of 1812 (Pierre, Ensemble)

Videos
  • What is the Comet - film about Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

  • A.R. T scenic and prop shops for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

  • A.R. T direction and scene design of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

  • Theatre Talk - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

  • "No One Else - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

  • Brittain Ashford, "Sonya Alone - Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

  • Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 - Trailer

  • Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Commercial

Author
Dave Malloy

Dave Malloy

Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/performer/sound designer. He has written the music for eight musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on War & Peace. Comet premiered at Ars Nova in the fall of 2012 before transferring Off-Broadway to Kazino, a Russian supper club built specially for the show; the show won multiple awards, including the ... view full profile

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