A meteor-sized talent will crash onto Broadway next year — two of them, as a matter of fact.
Josh Groban will make his long-anticipated Broadway debut in the similarly long-awaited Broadway arrival of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the 2012 musical which tore through the Off Broadway scene and has since been waiting in the wings for the opportunity to transfer to the Main Stem.
The production of The Great Comet which currently runs at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater will move to Broadway in September 2016, with direction by Rachel Chavkin.
Written by Dave Malloy, The Great Comet adapts a scandalous little slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace into a modern Russian pop opera about an aristocrat, a countess, and their love affair under the ominous cosmos. Originally performed as an immersive supper club experience at New York’s Ars Nova, the show has been expanded into a traditional proscenium-style production.
Groban will play Pierre, marking the singer-songwriter’s first Broadway appearance. In April, the Grammy-nominated artist released Stages, a collection of musical theater standards. Talking about the album and his long-discussed Broadway debut, Groban told EW, “When people ask why I haven’t done a Broadway show, it’s because I don’t want to do it half-assed. I want to do it the right way. I want to do it the way I was taught early on.”