Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
A.R.T. Season
December 6, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Vibrant, thrillingly imagined.
Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dave Malloy
Direction by Rachel Chavkin
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton

Music Direction by Or Matias
Music Supervision by Sonny Paladino

Natasha is young, Anatole is hot, and Andrey isn’t here…But what about Pierre? Based on a scandalous 70-page slice of War and Peace, this electropop opera (from the musical mind of Dave Malloy who brought Three Pianos, Ghost Quartet, and Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage to A.R.T.) is Tolstoy like you’ve never experienced him before. Step into a glamorous, romantic world of chandeliers, vodka and caviar in the salons and opera houses of 19th century Moscow, where passions ignite as Napoleon’s war rages outside the city. With the cast and musicians swirling among audience members (in an immersive set designed by 2015 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winner, Mimi Lien), this new musical brings to life the heart of literature’s most epic tale of love and fate.

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Audience Testimonials from The Great Comet: 

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Audience Testimonials

Creative team
Book, Music, and Lyrics Dave Malloy
Director Rachel Chavkin
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Scenic Design Mimi Lien
Costume Design Paloma Young
Lighting Design Bradley King
Sound Design Matt Hubbs
Wig & Makeup Design

Rachel Padula Shufelt

Orchestrations Dave Malloy
Music Supervision Sonny Paladino
Music Direction Or Matias
Casting Stewart/Whitley
Production Stage Manager Karyn Meek
Sonya Brittain Ashford
Mary/Maid Servant/Opera Singer Gelsey Bell
Bolkonsky/Andrey Nicholas Belton
Natasha Denée Benton
Hélène Lilli Cooper
Marya D Grace McLean
Balaga/Servant/Opera Singer Paul Pinto
Pierre Scott Stangland
Anatole Lucas Steele
Ensemble Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Daniel Emond, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Nick Gaswirth, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Katrina Yaukey, Lauren Zakrin
Piano/Conductor Or Matias
Keyboard/Accordion/Glockenspiel Matt Doebler
Calrinet/Bass Clarinet Ryan Yuré
Oboe/English Horn Miri Kudo
Viola Jason Fisher
Cello 1 Loewi Lin
Cello 2 Chu-Yun Lin
Double Bass Lizzie Burns
Guitar Ben Moniz
Drums Nate Tucker
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Brennan
Assistant Director Rachel Stevens
Associate Choreographer Chloe Treat
Fight Director Turner Smith
Associate Scenic Designer

Jason Lajka 

Assistant Scenic Designers

Noah Mease, Brittany Vasta

Associate Lighting Designer

Nick Solyom

Associate Sound Designer

Nicholas Pope

Associate Music Director

Matt Doebler

Music Assistant

Isaac Alter

A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

Tessa Nelson

Production Assistants

Catherine Agis, Emily Bergquist, Erich Riepen, Lindsey Ruggles, Jake Stepansky

Though I’ve just begun writing this review, I am already at a loss for superlatives. NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 has to be one of the most fantastically alive and rapturous theatrical productions I’ve ever seen.  More

Ever get punch-drunk from a musical? A heady, intoxicating feeling that leaves you joyfully disoriented, giddy even? It's a rare occurrence, like seeing a meteor in the night sky, but it is happily happening now at the Loeb Drama Center... More

From the moment Natasha receives an illicit love letter until Pierre’s concluding aria over a celestial wonder, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” is a captivating experience... More

In "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812," the writer/composer/lyricist — also the musical force behind “Three Pianos” and “Beowulf — A Thousand Years of Baggage” — has turned less than a hundred pages from the middle of Tolstoy’s opus into a romantic and driving swirl of music and storytelling that is beyond exhilarating. More

Alchemy is afoot in ART's current production, the much-acclaimed “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”.  More

Lucas Steele cuts quite a dashing profile in "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812," the adventurous musical at the American Repertory Theater. EDGE spoke to him about playing the caddish Anatole for the third time. More

Patrons strolling through the doors of the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center may feel they’ve somehow been transported into a sumptuous 19th-century Russian supper club.  More

Set Designer Mimi Lien receives 2015 MacArthur "Genius Grant" More

But when that comet streaks through the sky at the hushed climax of the show, Pierre experiences an epiphany that had my heart leaping into my throat... More


Press Releases

The American Repertory Theater is pleased to present Dave Malloy’s musical adaptation of an excerpt from Leo Tolstoy’s monumental novel War and Peace.

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25

Run time

2 Hours and 25 Minutes with Intermission


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

This production contains sustained extended heavy strobe lights, loud noises, mature themes, and haze.

Latecomers will not be admitted until the intermission.

There will be no readmittance if you leave the theater during the performance.

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 9 and up.

The contemporary electropop score will engage students over the age of 14, regardless of their familiarity with War and Peace. Prepared high school students will find the production to be an accessible, fun and poignant entry into the world of Tolstoy's masterpiece. The immersive environment at the Loeb Drama Center may include seating onstage, which may require extra preparation on theater etiquette when there is little to no physical separation between audience and performance space. The story includes mature themes of intimacy and alcohol consumption.

Audio Described

Dec. 30, 7:30PM & Jan. 3, 2PM


Open Captioning Open Captioned

Dec. 17, 7:30PM & Dec. 20, 2PM



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The acclaimed production from

Ars Nova
Originally commissioned, developed and world premiere produced by Ars Nova