ISN'T HERE… BUT WHAT ABOUT PIERRE?
Inspired by a 70-page slice of War and Peace, Natasha, Pierre & THE GREAT COMET of 1812 brings us just inches from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers as they light up Moscow in a “heaven-sent fireball" (The New York Times) of romance and passion.
Natasha is a beautiful ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancé Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but already married) Anatole and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre, the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.
"One of the decade's best musicals" (Time Out New York), THE GREAT COMET has "rousing music and ravishing performances" (Daily News) with a groundbreaking score that mixes rock, pop, soul, folk and electronic dance music with classic Broadway. Its Tony Award®-winning creative team has reimagined The Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, where every seat provides a unique perspective and an unforgettable experience.
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is a New York-based actor and musician. Select theatre: Once (Broadway); Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T.); The Wheel (Steppenwolf Theatre). Select TV/film: “Vinyl” (HBO); “Crisis,” “Chicago Fire” (NBC); “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” (TNT); “Contagion”; and “End of the Tour.” Scott received his MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. He also plays in the band Youth in a Roman Field. www.scottstangland.com
Denée Benton will be making her Broadway debut opposite Josh Groban, in the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 at the Imperial Theatre. She also starred as 'Nabulungi' in the West End and US National Tour of The Book of Mormon. Her regional credits include Annie, Sunset Boulevard, and Fiddler On The Roof at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Benton can currently be seen in Season 2 of Lifetime's hit television series, “UnREAL” as Ruby. She is a 2014 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides in New York.
began her musical endeavors at the age of six, multi-tracking Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song” between a Fisher Price boom box and her father’s dictaphone. Since then she’s appeared in Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet and fronts her own band, Prairie Empire. Brittain originated the role of Sonya at Ars Nova and received a Lortel nomination for her performance during the Off-Broadway Kazino run. She is grateful/excited (and still a little surprised) to be making her Broadway debut. @brittainashford www.prairieempire.org
Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar. Described by the The New York Times as a “winning soprano” and the “future of experimental vocalism,” her multi-disciplinary work has been presented internationally. She is a member of thingNY and Varispeed, and Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, and has a PhD from NYU in performance studies. www.gelseybell.com
Broadway: Hair. Tours: Wicked (Chicago), Evita, Hair. Off-Broadway: CBS Upfronts - Carnegie Hall, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 - Kazino & A.R.T., My Life With Albertine - Playwrights Horizons, See Rock City & Other Destinations - Transport Group. Regional: Long Wharf, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, PCLO, Chicago Shakes, Idaho Shakes. Check out SundayTheory.com - my lifestyle blog and shop! Big love to my real life fiancée, my family, and CTG. @nicholasbelton
NY Theater: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Ars Nova/Kazino/A.R.T.; King Tot, D Deb Debbie Deborah, Clubbed Thumb; God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Encores!; Brooklynite!, Vineyard; Bunty Berman Presents, New Group (Lortel Nomination); Invasion!, The Flea; Annie Baker's Practice, The Atlantic; Rajiv Joseph’s Huck and Holden, Cherry Lane Theatre; A Food Odyssey, Invisible Dog (also composed), Those Lost Boys, Ars Nova (creator, co-composer). Regional: Love's Labor’s Lost, RSC/Shakespeare Theater D.C.; Wind in the Willows, Two River. Film/TV: The Passing Season (upcoming), Home, Violet & Daisy, “Happyish,” “Royal Pains,” “L&O:CI,” “The Sopranos,” “The Electric Company,” and “One Life to Live” (recurring). Training: Juilliard. www.nickchoksi.com
Amber Gray has appeared in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, Ars Nova), Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop), Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC), Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape), An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience, Soho Rep, P.S.122), Taylor Mac's A 24 Decade History of Popular Music: 1900's-1950's (New York Live Arts with Under the Radar), The TEAM's Mission Drift (London's National, P.S.122's COIL, Edinburgh's Traverse, etc.), and ongoing with Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping. M.F.A: NYU Graduate Acting.
Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Kazino; Brooklynite, Vineyard Theatre; Bedbugs!!!, Arclight; The World Is Round, BAM; Sleep No More, The McKittrick Hotel; Twelve Ophelias, Woodshed Collective. Regional: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, A.R.T.; Pump Boys and Dinettes, Weston Playhouse; La MaMa Cantata, Spoleto, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia; From The Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, MTM Best New Musical); The Last Goodbye, Williamstown Theater Festival. Grace McLean & Them Apples performed in both the 2015 and 2016 Lincoln Center American Songbook seasons and in April 2015 traveled to Pakistan on a US State Department sponsored tour. Original music available on iTunes. www.gracemclean.com
Paul Pinto is a composer, writer and multi-disciplinary performer. He's a founder of experimental music ensembles thingNY and Varispeed. An album of his poetic compositions, minis/Trajectories will be released in September 2016, and he's writing a psychedelic new electronic opera called Thomas Paine in Violence for the HERE Arts Center for November 2017. pfpinto.com
Broadway: The Threepenny Opera with Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper. Off-Broadway: he has originated numerous roles in varied productions including Myths and Hymns (Prospect Theater Company), the Drama Desk nominated productions of The Kid (The New Group) and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino) for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of Anatole Kuragin. Television/Film: "Dangerous Liaisons" (pilot) and Photo Op. For more information visit www.LucasSteele.com Connect: @TheLucasSteele.
Broadway: Porgy and Bess, Ragtime (Revival). Off-Broadway: Ragtime, Lincoln Center; Lost in the Stars, City Center; Regional: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, (A.R.T.); Master Class (Kennedy Center); Film/TV: Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer; Easter Mysteries; new webseries Being Iman created and written by Sumayya coming out soon!
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Bedbugs!!! Regional favorites: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T.), POP! (City Theatre, PA) The Marvelous Wonderettes (Pittsburgh CLO.) "Somewhere" singer for NYC Ballet's West Side Story Suite, 2015. Courtney is a singer/songwriter for the band Starbird and the Phoenix. Gratitude: Family, Z, J, Maria, and Sheri. Thank you Comet tribe for this beautiful pretend.
Broadway: Doctor Zhivago (“Liberius,” Broadway Theatre); Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (“Anatole,” Kazino); Favorite Regional: Anything Goes (“Billy Crocker,” Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Theatre), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ensemble, Anatole u/s, American Repertory Theatre), Godspell (“Jesus,” Actors Playhouse), Hair (“Claude”, English Theatre, Germany), Sail Away (“Barnaby Slade,” Sadler's Wells, London). TV: CBS' “Survivor: San Juan Del Sur.” Thanks to my agent, my friends, and my family. "Kronk, it's time." AEA, Instagram: @joshdcanfield, Twitter: @joshuacanfield, Snapchat: finntaff.
is excited to join the Great Comet family! Broadway Debut! National/Int'l. Tours: Wicked (Elphaba Standby), American Idiot (Heather). Other NYC Credits: Chix 6! (Katie), Sidekicks! (Olive), White Christmas (Betty). Love to my family, Tim, the K’s, & DGRW for their never-ending support! Instagram: @CaughellRhymesWithGoggle. Website: www.KennedyCaughell.com. Jer-29:11-13
Broadway, National Tour: Hair (Ensemble). Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ensemble); Pretty Filthy (“Brown Sugar”); Hadestown (Fate). Regional: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (ART, Cambridge); August Rush (Developmental Lab, NY); 15 Minutes (Workshop, NYSAF); Annie Golden Bounty Hunter (Workshop, NY); Smokey Joe’s Café (Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany); Crowns (Arena Stage, Washington, DC); Passing Strange (Studio Theatre, Washington, DC). Featured music performances: Jazz Re:freshed, Performer (London); American Songbook Program, Performer (Smithsonian); Langnau Jazz Nights Festival, Performer (Switzerland). www.lulufall.com
Broadway Debut! NY: Hadestown (NYTW), Orpheus and Eurydice Are… In Love (Ars Nova), In Love with Jobim (York Theatre) Regional: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T.), Prometheus Bound (A.R.T.), Evita, West Side Story, Sound of Music, Footloose. Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub. Member of @moondrunkband.
Broadway/Tour: A Christmas Story: The Musical. NY/Regional: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (ART), Secondhand Lions (Seattle 5th Ave), I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk (Strathmore/Lincoln Center), James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed), The Gig (NYMF), Yeast Nation (FringeNYC), Minnie's Boys (York Theatre), Knickerbocker Holiday (York Theatre), Lend Me a Tenor (Ocean State Theatre), The Full Monty (Westchester Broadway), Candide (Arden Theatre Co.), …Frog and Toad (Arden Theatre Co.), Finding Nemo: The Musical (Walt Disney World). BFA in Musical Theatre, University of Michigan—Go Blue! Proud member of AEA. www.nickgaswirth.com
Broadway Debut! Regional: Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guthrie Theater). Other credits include: Adele: Live in New York City (NBC), Bombshell in Concert, Scar in Disney on Classic (International tour with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra). Alex is a graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway. Endless gratitude and love to his incredible family and friends. IG: @alexgibby www.AlexGibsonOnline.com
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: The Awesome 80’s Prom. Recent: We Have Apples (#imnotashamed). Brad is a multi-instrumentalist (including the treacherous double reeds). NYU graduate. Gratitude: Rachel, Or, Comet team, Margaret, Sue, Brian, Stewart/Whitley. Appreciation: Laurie Beard (his clarinet teacher), and Mark Hengesh. Love: the Vice Weasel, and family/friends. Nonsense: twitter @bradgiovanine / IG @bradford_ag / www.bradgiovanine.com
is thrilled to be here. Previous work at Williamstown, Lesser America, Dutch Kills, The Other Mirror, and Aruba Productions. All my love to Mom, Dad, Andrew, Carleen, Stewart/Whitley, and the creative team at The Great Comet for trusting me with this gorgeous work. Dedicated to Tomm Zorn, who is riding his own Great Comet in this vast and unknowing universe. @buhbuhbilly
This production marks Mary Spencer Knapp's Broadway debut. Originally from Princeton, NJ, Mary is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and brainchild of Toot Sweet, NYC's premier psychedelic cabaret soul group. In addition to Toot Sweet, Mary tours regularly with Dominican artist Irka Mateo and Martin Vejarano's Cumbia River Band. She has performed in episodes of Steve Buscemi's Park Bench series on AOL with the Main Squeeze Orchestra and Denis Leary's "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" on FX. She has also starred in musical theater projects for NYC Fringe and Frigid Festivals. Mary holds a B.A. from Bard College with a concentration in voice and piano.
is honored to be making his Broadway Debut! Nat'l Tour: Simba in The Lion King. NY Theatre: New York Spectacular. Regional: Benny in In The Heights at TUTS. A BFA CCM grad, he is also a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Thanks to God, family, friends, Nicolosi, Stewart/Whitley! @Blainekr
is overjoyed to be a part of The Great Comet! Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: Kung Fu (Signature Theatre). Born in Perth, Western Australia, graduate of The Australian Ballet School. Dance: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Aszure Barton & Artists, Stephen Petronio Company, Sydney Dance Company, West Australian Ballet. Film/Television: Five Dances (“Theo”), Mozart in the Jungle, Mao’s Last Dancer, Another Dance of Death, Superstars of Dance (NBC), Capital One Bank ‘YES’ Commercial. Thanks to Lakey & Sofia at CESD, and of course my mom and dad. www.reedluplau.com
Grateful to be joining The Great Comet! Broadway: Aladdin, Fiddler on the Roof. Tours: Flashdance The Musical. Dance Company: San Diego City Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance. TV: "The Late Show," "The Tony Awards," "Good Morning America." LOVE and APPRECIATION to everyone who has supported me getting here!
Broadway Debut! Recent stage: The 12 - A New Rock Musical (Denver Center Theater), Dying for It (Atlantic Theater Co.), Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage Co.) and (Westchester B’way), A Night of Carner & Gregor (54 Below), Los Valientes (Core Ensemble), Fallujah (TPAC & Kennedy Center), Marina (NYMF). Recent Screen: "The Hunted: Encore" (series), "The Unfinished," "III.1 - Romeo's Turn," ”Swing Blues," “20 Feet Close." Training: Boston University School of Theatre (BFA - Acting), Manhattan School of Music (Violin, Voice, Piano), LAMDA (Classical Acting, Stage Combat). Thanks to the RENTS, MHB, DR, BU, MPW, and everybody whose supported with a "yes" to now! Instagram: @AcMusikman. More at: www.andrewcmayer.com
is thrilled to be joining this company! Broadway: Finding Neverland (OBC). Off-Broadway: Dragons (The York). Regional: Finding Neverland (A.R.T.), A Chorus Line (Sheila), VA Rep, UFOMT. Performed works: Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, NØA Dance. BFA, SUNY Purchase, President’s Award for Dance. Thank you Benton, Sam (& team), my family, and Johnny. To love. www.marypagenance.com
Broadway Debut! TV/Film: “Quantico,” “Gossip Girl,” Growing Up Smith, “Halal in the Family,” Mistress America, Coin Heist. Theater: Bunty Berman Presents, Miss Saigon, Carousel, Prince of Egypt. BFA, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Love to my family, Jay, CGF, Principal LA, Rachel, Dave, the Great Comet team, Stewart/Whitley, Paula & the Kagans. www.shoba-narayan.com @shoba_narayan
Broadway: Violet (Flick standby, Original Broadway Cast). Off-Broadway/NYC: The Great Comet (Kazino), Central Avenue Breakdown (NYMF), Broken Bride (Cutting Room). NYC Workshops: NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, York Theatre. Regional: Guthrie Theater, A.R.T., NJPAC, New Harmony Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre. Film/TV: HairBrained, "Madam Secretary." BFA: NYU Tisch. Acting Faculty: CAP21/ Molloy College. A foremost thanks to God and my Savior; love also to my incredible family, the Comet team, my manager Tony and Brisa. Always for my father. www.azudi.net
Actor, multi-instrumentalist & songwriter. Broadway debut. New York: The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in the Park. Off-Broadway: Transport (Irish Rep), Volpone (Red Bull). Regional: The Great Comet at A.R.T., Arena Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Playhouse on Park. MFA: UC San Diego, BA: Ball State University. Proud member of Actors' Equity and Local 802. Thanks to Dave & Rachel! Big love to J and the kiddos! www.pearlrhein.com, @pearlrhein
Broadway: Matilda (Shubert). West End: Parade (Donmar Warehouse), Joseph...Dreamcoat (New London), Candide (Coliseum). Regional: Waterfall (5th Avenue), Dirty Dancing (Flat Rock Playhouse), West Side Story (Tour), Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean). Recordings: "Matilda" (OBC), "Parade" (OLC). Thanks: Marianne Wells, Bob Marks. Cheers: Hybrid Agency. Love: Mom, Dad, Joyce. @celia_mei.
Broadway debut. NYC: Newton’s Cradle (NYMF — also wrote the music and lyrics); Lennon; Through a Glass Onion; I Am Harvey Milk (Avery Fisher Hall); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (NYCC Encores!); Der Gelbe Stern (NYMF). Regional: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T.); The 12 (Denver Center); Hairspray, Rent (5th Avenue); Les Misérables, Avenue Q (Balagan); James and the Giant Peach (Seattle Children’s). Love and gratitude to my family, batch, and as always, my class. www.heathcliffsaunders.com @feeltheheath
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks. Regional: The Glass Menagerie (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Other Josh Cohen (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Seedbed (NJ Rep, World Premiere), The Second Girl (Contemporary American Theater Festival). Other recent credits: Lincoln Center American Songbook Gala (Alice Tully Hall), Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice (Workshop, New World Stages), Richard II, Hamlet (LAMDA), She Loves Me, Woyzeck (Pace University), Adam Guettel In Concert (Schimmel Center). Television: “Glee,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Featured Vocalist), “America's Got Talent.” Cathryn received her BFA from Pace University and is an alumna of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. www.cathrynwake.com
Broadway: Cabaret (2014), War Horse, Billy Elliot, Company, Cabaret (1998). National/International Tours: Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Victor/Victoria. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Princess Mary), A.R.T., The Public, ACT, The Cape Playhouse, Totem Pole Playhouse. Oboe Performance/Musical Theatre Penn State University. Current student Berklee College of Music in Music Production/Technology.
Broadway: Rock of Ages (Sherrie), National Tours: Wicked, Grease (Sandy), Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Vegas: Surf: The Musical (Brooke), Regional: A.R.T. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. MUNY’s Legally Blonde (Elle). www.laurenashleyzakrin.com, @laurenzakrin
Dave Malloy is a composer/ writer/ performer/ sound designer. He has written eleven musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, in which he also originated the role of Pierre. Other shows include Ghost Quartet, a song cycle about love, death, and whiskey; Preludes, a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff; Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert's "Winterreise"; Black Wizard/Blue Wizard, a philosophical escapist fantasy; Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage; Beardo; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon. He has won two OBIE Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, an ASCAP New Horizons Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant, has been a Guest Professor in devised music theater at Princeton and Vassar Universities, and is the composer for Banana Bag & Bodice. Future projects include adaptations of Moby-Dick and Shakespeare's Henriad. He lives in Brooklyn. davemalloy.com
Rachel Chavkin is a director, writer, dramaturg, and Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based experimental ensemble, the TEAM (www.theteamplays.org). Known primarily for developing new work, she has directed multiple world premieres including Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds for Ars Nova and subsequent transfer to the Signature Theatre, and Anais Mitchell's folkopera Hadestown for New York Theatre Workshop. Chavkin is an NYTW Usual Suspect where she also directed Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy's Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert's Winterreise, originally produced at the Ontological Incubator, where it earned a 2010 Obie Award. Malloy and Chavkin were awarded a 2013 Obie for Comet, and in 2016 she received an Obie for her direction of Marco Ramirez's The Royale at Lincoln Center, as well as Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations. Other projects include Anne Washburn's transadaptation of Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis, with music by indie folk duo the Bengsons at Classic Stage Company, Meg Miroshnik's The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at Yale Rep, an ongoing collaboration with British writer/performer Chris Thorpe, with whom she developed Confirmation about confirmation bias and Thorpe's conversations with political extremism, and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including Act II of the world premiere of Mac's 5-Act, 5-hour extravaganza, The Lily's Revenge. Chavkin co-founded the TEAM in 2004 with the mission to collaboratively create new work about the experience of living in America today. Once described as "Gertrude Stein meets MTV," the company's work has been seen all over New York including at PS122 and the Public Theater, nationally at the Walker Art Center and the A.R.T., and internationally at the National Theatre in London, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Royal Court, and festivals across Europe, Australia, and Asia. Four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, 2011 Herald Angel, 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, Best Production Dublin Fringe 2007, nominated for a 2012 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical, and a recipient of the American Theatre Wing's 2014 National Theatre Company Grant, the TEAM's work was cited on "Best of 2013" lists on 3 continents. The company's collaborative writing process and the development of Mission Drift, a new musical created with composer Heather Christian about Las Vegas and the particular spirit of American capitalism, was the subject of the documentary The TEAM Makes a Play, directed by Emmy Award winner Paulette Douglas. Chavkin has taught extensively, including at Playwrights Horizons Theater School within New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her B.F.A. She earned her M.F.A. at Columbia. She also directed Act II in the world premiere of Taylor Mac's extravaganza The Lily's Revenge at HERE.
Sam Pinkleton recently directed Runaways for City Center Encores Off-Center. As a choreographer his work includes Machinal (Broadway/Roundabout); Kansas City Choir Boy (with Courtney Love); Rimbaud in NY (BAM); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; Stage Kiss; Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons); Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep); The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA), and shows with Theatre for A New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre, The TEAM, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Pig Iron Theatre Company. He is an Associate Artist with The Civilians and The Dance Cartel and is Artistic Associate for City Center Encores Off-Center. This season Sam is also represented on Broadway as choreographer of Heisenberg, Significant Other, and Amélie.
Mimi Lien is a designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera. Arriving at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and co-founder of JACK, a performance/art space in Brooklyn. Recent work includes Signature Plays, John (Signature Theatre), War, Preludes (LCT3), The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), Black Mountain Songs (BAM/Brooklyn Youth Chorus), Appropriate (Mark Taper Forum), and An Octoroon (Soho Rep/TFANA). Mimi's designs for dance have been presented in the Netherlands, Russia, and Taiwan, and her stage designs have been exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial. Lien is a recipient of the Joan and Joseph F. Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity at Lincoln Center, Lucille Lortel Award, American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Barrymore Award, OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, and a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.
Paloma Young continues her work with Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, American Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova) for which she received a Drama Desk nomination and a Lucille Lortel Award. She won a Tony Award for Peter and the Starcatcher. Paloma is also the designer for Broadway's upcoming Bandstand.
Bradley King is a lighting designer based in New York City. His collaborations with Rachel Chavkin include Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway), Hadestown (NYTW), Preludes (LCT3), The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep), and the upcoming The Royal Family (The Guthrie). His recent work includes Hadestown (NYTW), Every Angel is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb), As You Like It (Hudson Valley Shakespeare), Constellations & The Last Match (Old Globe), Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (ART: IRNE, Norton Awards), The Way West, Empanada Loca (Drama Desk Nom), Sucker Emcee, and Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth Theater Company), Elijah Green (The Kitchen), A Winter's Tale (The Pearl Theatre Company), Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), And I and Silence (Signature Theatre Company), and Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company). His work has been seen regionally at The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Penobscot Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Virginia Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His opera work includes Bard SummerScape, Boston Early Music Festival, Kentucky Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Omaha, Vancouver Opera, and Virginia Opera. bradleykingld.com.
Design credits include King Lear, Epiphany, Saturday Night Fever, Gift of Angels (Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan). Associate credits include A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder (Tony Award: Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination: Outstanding Sound Design), Indian Ink, Passion (Drama Desk nomination: Outstanding Sound Design), The Visit, Battle of Black and Dogs, Father Comes Home From the Wars. Attended Yale School of Drama.
Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, On the Town, A Night With Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena's Vow. Off-Broadway: The Royale (Lincoln Center); The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout); Barbecue, Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater); The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Into the Woods (Shakespeare in the Park series); Heathers: The Musical; Bare: The Musical; Carrie: The Musical; Tribes; Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre, NY); Jelly's Last Jam (Signature Theatre, DC); The Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage Company); Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse); Butler (59E59). Leah holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music.
Music Director for the upcoming Broadway revival of Smokey Joe's Café. Recent credits include: Associate Conductor, The Last Ship (written by 16-time Grammy Award-winner, Sting), and the Tony Award winning Best Revival Pippin. Other Broadway credits: Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot, Grease, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Guys and Dolls, Mama Mia!, Promises, Promises, Addams Family, Women on the Verge. Music Supervisor for Disney's High School Musical (Milan/Italy tour.) 1st National Tours: Disney's High School Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grease. Work with Alicia Keys, Ke$ha, Matthew Morrison. As a composer: The Return of the Blue Cat (with poet F.D. Reeve.) TV: The X-Factor (Australia), The Next Big Thing. Music Director and arranger for the hit group The Doo Wop Project, which travels around the country performing classic Doo-Wop music and contemporary songs in that style: www.thedoowopproject.com B.F.A. in Jazz Piano from CUNY City College. www.sonnypaladino.com.
is an Israeli music director and composer living in NYC. Or has written extensively for theater and dance, and is currently working on a musical adaptation of The Wave- the 1967 experiment which turned an entire high school into a proto-fascist movement. In the summer of 2015 he played the role of Sergei Rachmaninoff in Lincoln Center's (LCT3) production of Preludes, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor. He has also recently music directed at The Public Theater (Michael John LaChiusa's First Daughter Suite) and A.R.T. (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812). A Juilliard and NYU graduate, Or is very passionate about developing new work, and is thrilled to reprise his role as music director for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812! For Hadassah, my music angel, with love.
More than 100 Broadway shows. Recent: A Bronx Tale, Holiday Inn, The Cherry Orchard, Waitress, Something Rotten!, Les Misérables, Beautiful, Jersey Boys. Musician (bass): Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon, Michael Jackson, BB King, Bette Midler. His album "Stage Door Johnny: John Miller Takes on Broadway" is available on PS Classics Records. www.johnmillerbass.com
More than 95 Broadway productions and tours. Recent: The Encounter, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, American Psycho, China Doll, Thérèse Raquin, The Audience, It's Only a Play, You Can't Take It With You, Aladdin. HTA is a member of Neil A. Mazzella's Hudson family which includes Hudson Scenic Studio. Joining Neil on the HTA team are Sam Ellis, Kyle Ferguson and Irene Wang.
Duncan Stewart, CSA & Benton Whitley, CSA. BROADWAY/NY: The Great Comet, On the Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Pageant; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TOURS: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, We Will Rock You; UPCOMING: Prince of Egypt, Waterfall, August Rush; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean. Casting Associate Andrea Zee, CSA & Casting Assistant Danny Dunitz. stewartwhitley.com
Broadway/tours: Allegiance, Constellations, Soul Doctor, War Horse, The People in the Picture, Elf, Wicked, Rent, Good Vibrations, The Book of Mormon, Phantom, Chicago, Spamalot, Urinetown, The Grinch.... Off- Broadway/regional: Privacy, The Ruins of Civilization, Heisenberg, The Great Comet, The Toxic Avenger, White Christmas (Boston), Ragtime (Avery Fisher), Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe). Graduate: Illinois Wesleyan University. Olivesjelly!
Broadway: Matilda, Titanic, War Horse (Lincoln Center), A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden). National tours: The Wizard of Oz, The Full Monty, The Phantom of the Opera. Regional: Company (Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center), Haunted Hotel (Cazenovia Playhouse). Europe: Quills, Buried Child, The Ten Commandments.
Broadway: Finding Neverland, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mary Poppins, The Pirate Queen, Wonderful Town, Private Lives, Match, Rent, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Phantom of the Opera and more. National tours: Contact, Fiddler on the Roof. Thanks to my family!
Broadway: She Loves Me, Thérèse Raquin, An Act of God (2015), Cabaret, A Night with Janis Joplin, Annie, Ghost, and Bonnie & Clyde. National Tours: 2nd National of Mamma Mia! & Billy Elliot. Special thanks to the most loving & supportive family: Bob, Irene, Brandy & Rafe.
Andy Jones founded Baseline Theatrical in 2014, after ten years on the management teams of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights. Broadway: Hamilton, The Last Ship. Nat'l tour: Hamilton. Off-Broadway: Straight. For more, visit baselinetheatrical.com
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Maxolev Productions, the New York-based production company of Howard and Janet Kagan, produces entertaining commercial shows with atypical heroes, especially strong independent women. The Kagans won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2013 for Pippin and in 2012 for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and were nominated in 2014 for On the Town. Also on Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, Hands on a Hardbody, The Anarchist, Bonnie & Clyde, Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful.
dedicates her efforts in theatre to women directors, playwrights and all those who have not had a voice. Broadway: Fun Home (Tony Award), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award), Eclipsed, On the Town, Of Mice and Men, Twelfth Night/Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Trip to Bountiful, Hands on a Hardbody. West End: Nell Gwynn (Olivier Award), The Scottsboro Boys (London Evening Standard/Critics Circle Award), Made in Dagenham. Upcoming: Dead Funny and Nice Fish. Tours: Matilda the Musical (Helpmann Award) Australia, Hedwig and the Angry Inch US. Paula Marie Black Women's Voices in the Art of Theatre is an endowment established in perpetuity at La Jolla Playhouse benefiting women as directors, playwrights and book (of a musical) writers.
The San Francisco native is pioneering the redesign of the landmark theatre, the Curran. She is delighted to be a part of the artistic and tech community and is dedicated to the creative disruption and innovation that defines the spirit of the Bay Area.
is the co-founder of Ars Nova, New York City's premier not-for-profit theater for emerging artists and new work. Jenny also produced the cult film Black Dynamite and is a partner in Ultra Super Pictures, one of the leading animation studios in Japan.
is the Founding Artistic Director of Ars Nova, where the industrious staff â€“ past, present and particularly Emily Shooltz, Renee Blinkwolt and Jeremy Blocker, intrepid Board and Super Novas, and our vibrant community of artists, are proud to have supported the birth of this Broadway musical. We raise a glass to our Comet family!
Fall 2016: The Great Comet and Othello: The Remix. Produced Broadway, National Tours and London since 1993, including Tony winners Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf; Spamalot; and Boeing Boeing. Mary Lu is also creating children's series SHELF LIFE and baseball project ROUNDING THIRD. She is a longtime director of AIDS Foundation Chicago.
Producing in New York and London for 25+ years. Currently: Othello: The Remix. Career highlights: first Broadway play Burn This; first off-Broadway play Other People's Money; being part of the producing team of Angels in America, proving that theatre can change lives. First recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Producing.
A long-time lover and supporter of non-profit arts organizations, Diana DiMenna has recently made a foray into commercial theater and film. She is Executive Producer of the upcoming documentary film Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan. Broadway: Waitress, Bright Star, Tuck Everlasting. She is thrilled to be a part of Great Comet.
Tony Nominated On the Town (2014). Broadway musicals/tour investments include Matilda, Pippin and Rocky. Thank you Mom for nurturing my love of theatre since childhood.
Soprano Sharon Azrieli has been heard around the world to great acclaim. See Wikipedia or go to YouTube.com. Thrilled to support this beautiful production, Sharon wishes Josh and cast huge success. Other credits include: Cagney, Zhivago, Upcoming: Honeymooners. Philanthropist for children and music with her foundation: Opera Cares.
proudly makes her Broadway producing debut. She supports The Lilly Awards and authored How to Marry a Mensch.
Darren is president of TheaterMania, which also owns OvationTix, the Drama Desk Awards, and the London-based WhatsOnStage. Besides his law practice, Roman develops entertainment ventures including the new "Tolstoy's Lounge" at the legendary Russian Samovar. Both are grateful to have been with The Great Comet since its Meatpacking District premiere.
is proud to help to bring The Great Comet to Broadway. Lev currently works on Wall Street for tier one investment banks in risk management and technology areas. Additionally, he has produced a number of immersive theater projects and The Rock Concerto at Carnegie Hall.
The Visit; It's Only A Play; Mothers and Sons; Pippin (Tony); Peter and the Starcatcher; Next Fall and [title of show]. LONDON: The Musical of Musicals and Side By Side By Sondheim. Shakespeare's Globe (U.S. Board) UPCOMING: Bandstand and Vox Lumiere's Phantom of the Opera. Thanks to Peter Stern. www.TomSmedes.com.
Plays include Red (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards), Peter and Alice, and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Genius, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday and RKO 281.
Broadway: Pippin (4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival), The Great Comet. West End: Buried Child, The Spoils. Off-Broadway with The New Group: The Jacksonian, Sticks and Bones, The Spoils and Buried Child; The Great Comet, Cambridge, MA; (Producer and Director) Documentary: Living with Tourettes. Serves on the Board and Executive Committee of The New Group.
are thrilled to see The Great Comet arrive on Broadway. Their other Broadway productions include Pippin (Tony Award), On the Town, Big Fish, Anarchist, Hands on a Hardbody. Lifelong theater lovers. Love to our daughters Catherine & Sarah.
is a minimally invasive spine surgeon in NYC. He went to Brown University and Harvard Medical School. He has been an above line producer on many Broadway shows including Relatively Speaking, Stick Fly, Ghetto Klown and Peter and the Starcatcher, for which he received a Tony nomination.
was recently formed to develop and produce theatrical productions primarily in London and New York, including on Broadway during the 2015-16 season The Crucible and King Charles III. Argyle Productions' principles have been involved with shows that have cumulatively won over 15 Tony Awards and multiple Olivier Awards.
Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony, Olivier), Pippin (Tony), The Encounter, Waitress (Tony nom), You Can't Take It With You (Tony nom), The Visit (Tony nom), Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, Rocky. Off-Broadway: Yank!, Thrill Me. Upcoming: Dreamgirls, Unexpected Joy, Cover. Special thanks to our team!
Suzanne Gilad, Larry Rogowsky, in association with Chris Ketner. Broadway: Disaster! (licensed through MTI, cast album featuring '70s hits out now). Off-Broadway: Cagney at the Westside Theatre (3 Outer Critics Circle, 2 Drama Desk nominations). In development: The new British farce A Comedy of Manors.
Co-Founded by Rob Baunoch III and Tara Sickmeier, HIPZEE is a Brooklyn born entertainment company that produces bold, challenging stories for stage & screen. Productions include Heathers: The Musical. They are thrilled to be making their Broadway producing debut. Many thanks to our supporters, colleagues, family & friends. HIPZEE.com @hipzee_stories
Jay & Cindy Gutterman: All the Way, Spring Awakening, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Awards), Catch Me if You Can, Evita, Merchant of Venice, You Can't Take It With You (Tony noms). Luigi & Rose Caiola: Tony winning siblings & producers. Broadway: All The Way, On Your Feet!, The Color Purple. Upcoming: Dear Evan Hansen, Les Liasion Danguereses.
is proud to join Comet as their first Broadway venture. Led by "Producer of Everything"Â Megan Kingery, television professionals Todd & Elizabeth Donovan, and Cori Silberman & Michael Dovid of Bandits Roost Entertainment, Backdrop Partners finances and develops cutting-edge entertainment. BackdropPartners.com
was formed to promote new talent and bring successful, cutting-edge, not-for-profit productions to the commercial stage. Stephen Siderow and Dana Kirchman are Directors of Ars Nova's Board, and celebrate Ars Nova's record of incubating emerging artists' work. Congratulations to the Great Comet team, and thanks to our families.
is the Tony Award-winning entertainment and event production company. Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman have received Tony Awards for Pippin and Clybourne Park plus four other Tony nominations for On the Town, You Can't Take It With You, Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Scottsboro Boys. www.sunnyspotproductions.com
Adam Gordon received Tonys for Kinky Boots, Pippin, and The Color Purple. Other credits: Evita, Peter/Starcatcher, After Midnight, PeeWee's Playhouse, and Cry-Baby. Before Broadway, Gordon was an executive at Sony. This is Joe Meli's second foray into producing with Mr. Gordon after last season's American Psycho.
Rodger: Broadway, Off-Broadway, foreign and domestic tours. Author - NO BIZ LIKE IT - From Gofer to Producer in just 57 Years (Kindle). Larry owns Mazel Musicals, Inc. Broadway credits: The Gathering, Say Goodnight Gracie, Burn the Floor, Looped, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and On Your Feet.
Previously on Broadway: On the Town. He oversees the theatrical enterprises of Howard and Janet Kagan. He has guided The Great Comet's operations from its commercial inception.
is a motion picture, non-profit, television, stage, fine art, documentary, start-up + finance attorney. A two-time Tony nominee (and winner for Pippin), Ben has produced Broadway & Off, revivals & new works, and musicals & plays. Next up: M Butterfly. Choate/Yale/NYU Law. NYC/Miami/Gloucester. Volunteer, USHMM and Symphony Space. BFeldman@fgrslaw.com.
(Jason Eagan, Founding Artistic Director; Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director) is a not-for-profit new work incubator in New York City, focused on discovering, developing and producing early-career artists whose work subverts the status quo. Through our wide range of programs, we've helped launch some of today's most visionary artists. Join us at ARSNOVANYC.COM.
at Harvard, led by Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, seeks to expand the boundaries of theater with work like Sleep No More, The Glass Menagerie, Waitress, and the Tony-winning productions of All the Way, Pippin, and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.