Must See: Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

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If you’re a fan of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 will deliver on the most scandalous aspects in one epic 2-hour musical extravaganza. Darlinghurst Theatre Company is presenting the Australian debut of award-winning electro-pop opera, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 written by composer and lyricist Dave Malloy from July 9 to August 20 at their Eternity Playhouse.

Directed by Dean Drieberg, led musically by Musical Director Claire Healy and moves by Choreographer Brendan Yeates, draws on an eclectic mix of musical styles including folk, indie-rock, electro-pop and techno, making it one of the most unique and form-defying musicals ever seen on Broadway, where it was critically acclaimed… and now we’re lucky enough to have it in Sydney!

The story follows the young and spontaneous Natasha as she awaits the return of Andrey, her beloved fiancé on the front lines. One dizzying night at the Opera, in a city exploding with hedonism and opulent excess, Natasha falls passionately in love with the dashing, roguish, (and already married) Anatole. To solve her love conundrum, she turns to her lonely friend Pierre (in the middle of an existential crisis) who makes it his mission to extricate her from risk of ruin and in doing so, renew his own soul.

The impressive cast bringing this reimagined story to life is Grace Driscoll as Nastasha. Grace hails from the Gold Coast and is a proud biracial woman with a pastiche for shows with long titles. Grace’s professional credits include Shirley in Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Matt Ward Productions), Eileen Evergreen in Nice Work If You Can Get It (Michelle Guthrie Presents / Hayes Theatre) and Rosalia U/S Maria in West Side Story (Opera Australia / GWB Entertainment).

In the leading role of Pierre is proud Greek and Wemba Wamba man Zoy Frangos who brings
his love for the theatre world and experience to the production. Zoy made his professional opera debut in the world premiere of Pecan Summer. His other theatre credits include Les Misérables
(Cameron MacIntosh / Michael Cassel), My Fair Lady (OA / GFO) and Rat Pack Reloaded (SMA Productions).

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The season runs July 9 – 20 August with the following show times:
– Tuesdays – Saturdays: 7.30pm
– Saturday matinee: 2pm
– Sunday: 1pm and 6.30pm

Like all great things, this show won’t be on the bill forever, so grab tickets before it closes August 20.