Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

by  Dave Malloy

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  6m, 5f

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

    6m, 5f
  • Duration


    More than 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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  • 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


“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


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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

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  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 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. 
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Folk
  • 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)


6m, 5f
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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Cast Attributes

  • 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)


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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 opened at Ars Nova in New York City in October, 2012, under the direction of Rachel Chavkin. 

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