Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

by  Dave Malloy

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5m, 5f, 6m or f

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

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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

by  Dave Malloy

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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f, 6m or f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature), Period, Experimental
  • Accolades


    Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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, a subsequent Off Broadway transfer, and opening on Broadway – this award-winning musical expands the possibilities for the genre with its daring score and bold storytelling. 

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  • Nominee! 2017 Tony® Award: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations

    Winner! 2014 Lucille Lortel Award: Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Costume Design 
    Winner! 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best New Musical
    Winner! 2013 Obie Award, Special Citation
    Winner! 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater



Critic's 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 


What About Pierre?: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Coment of 1812
Katie Coryell
February 4, 2019

Everything Old is New Again: Costume Design with Paloma Young 
by Rebecca Schlossberg
January 12, 2016

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


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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

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

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Folk, Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Prologue (Ensemble)
Pierre (Pierre, Ensemble)
Natasha Lost (Natasha)
Sonya Alone (Sonya)
Balaga (Balaga, Ensemble)
The Great Comet of 1812 (Pierre, Ensemble)


5m, 5f, 6m or f

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)

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Cast 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.


Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Full Package

Piano/Conductor Score
Piano/Vocal Score
Data Disc (QLab Sound Files)

Roving Clarinet
Roving Violin 1 & 2
Roving Viola 1 & 2
Roving Accordion 1 & 2
Oboe/English Horn
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Cello 1 & 2
Pierre Piano/Accordion/Vocal
Ensemble Guitar/Vocal

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Dave Malloy

Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/performer/orchestrator/sound designer. He has written twelve musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a slice of Tolstoy’s War & Peace (12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Score, Book, and Orchestrations); Ghost Quartet, a song ...

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

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