December 28, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor
New York, NY – “Natasha. Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” Stars pop idolr Josh Groban in his Broadway Debut in the lead and Denee Benton as the love interest in her Broadway debut. Dave Molloy wrote the show music and lyrics and fills in from time to time for the lead Mr. Groban.
The show is under the astute Direction of Rachel Chaikin. The show comes from Off-Broadway where it played as the Ars Nova in 2012 and became a cult favorite.
The musical is based upon 70 pages of part 2 of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The Imperial Theater was converted into a Russian Cabaret with 360 degrees view. Clearly the play is concerned with Russian Society at a time during the Napoleonic Wars and the invasion of Russia by Napoleon does not make any type of statement.
This is not a show for the whole family. The writing is so fragmented it is difficult to follow the plot. This is one show which should have stayed off Broadway. The music except for four production numbers gets lost in dialogue which is quite confusing. Drinking at your seat is encouraged which I am sure eases the pain of watching or listening. This does not take away from the hard work of the actors who try to manage with a poorly scripted musical. Obviously the show could have been cut by at least a half an hour and perhaps all that is to be said in one act.
Therefore, with the price of theater tickets these days this is one show that has zoomed pass a comet and exploded in its tail.