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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Dave Malloy

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Full Length Musical, Drama

6m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573702839

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

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Full Length Musical


Adaptations (Literature), Period, Experimental

More than 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. 


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

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


Alcohol, Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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


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, 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. 

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

“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 Here

"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 Here

"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 Here

“It's a mouthful of a title, so here's my suggestion for a catchier alternative: Best Musical of the Year.” - The Determined Dilettante

“Dave Malloy may be a genius.” - New York Theatre Review, Read More Here
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 opened at Ars Nova in New York City in October, 2012, under the direction of Rachel Chavkin. 


6m, 5f


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



ANDREY isn't here. Natasha's betrothed, away in the war. 
NATASHA is young; she loves Andre with all her heart.
SONYA is good; Natasha's cousin and closest friend. 
MARYA D is oldschool; a grande dame of Moscow. Natasha's Godmother, strict yet kind. 
ANATOLE is hot; he spends his money on women and wine. 
HELENE is a slut; Anatole's sister, married to Pierre
DOLOKHOV is fierce (but not too important). Anatole's friend, a crazy good shot. 
OLD PRINCE BOKONSKY is crazy; Andre's family - totally messed up. 
MARY is plain; Andre's family - totally messed up. 
BALAGA is fun. 
PIERRE dear, bewildered, awkward, rich, unhappily married. 
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Pop/Rock, Folk



Song Samples

Prologue (Ensemble)

Pierre (Pierre, Ensemble)

Natasha Lost (Natasha)

Sonya Alone (Sonya)

Balaga (Balaga, Ensemble)

The Great Comet of 1812 (Pierre, Ensemble)

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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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