Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 to open at PMT

As improbable as it seems, Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel War and Peace has been turned into a Broadway musical. The production, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, originally opened on Broadway in 2016 and starred Josh Groban. The production has finally made its way to Utah and will open at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theater on May 10, 2024.

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, this hit Broadway Show will have you swooning through imperialist Russia on a vodka-soaked wild ride. This story encompasses love and lust, and everything that comes with it. From rogues to redemption, dancing to dueling Tolstoy’s epic tome has it all and is strangely charming converted to musical form. 

Natasha is visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiance, Andrey. While feeling lonely and uneasy about the engagement, she is seduced by Anatole Kuragin. Anatole, who is married, ruins Natasha’s position in the community with the scandal and her engagement. The misanthropic Pierre Bezukhov may be the only compassionate person to help redeem her standing. But can he get past his own lonely, internal struggles?

Leo Tolstoy was an esteemed Russian writer. Possibly, one of the most influential authors of his time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature consistently from 1902 to 1906, and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909. War and Peace is one of his most notable works; often credited as a pinnacle of realist fiction, some critics even called it “the greatest of all novels.” (You may disagree if you had to slog through it during college.)  
This production is a musical. This show is full of musical numbers. On stage, there will be a cast of 20 amazing actors; So, come ready to see some triple threats (excellent singing, dancing, and acting). The score of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 merges Russian Folk, Classical, Indie Rock, and EDM influences. Dave Malloy, the score’s writer and orchestrator, has written 14 musicals. His long list of awards speaks for itself, but this particular show has to be one of his biggest achievements. The New York Times called it “the most innovative and best new musical to open on Broadway since Hamilton!” Looking forward to seeing it for myself.

  • What: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
  • When: May 10 through 25, 2024; Monday through Saturday
  • Where: Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, SLC
  • Tickets: $55-79 ($5 extra, if purchased at the door) and are available at or by calling PTC’s Box Office at (801)581-6961.

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Austin McKay Burt
Austin McKay Burt
Austin McKay Burt has surrounded his life with theatre since he was 8 years old. He has always had a fascination with the performing arts and has performed in more than 25 different shows thus far and can't wait to experience more. Primarily an actor, Austin has an extensive background in theater elements as well; ranging from stage managment to production design. He writes local theater reviews for Salt Lake magazine.

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