Ingrid Michaelson. Photo by Nathan Johnson.
Multi-platinum recording artist Ingrid Michaelson will join the cast of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 as ‘Sonya’ beginning July 3, 2017, starring alongside Tony nominated actress Denée Benton as ‘Natasha’ and Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, as ‘Pierre’. Michaelson will be performing the role from July 3 to August 15, while Brittain Ashford, who originated the role of ‘Sonya’ takes a temporary leave from the show. Ashford will return to The Great Comet on August 16.
Please note: Ms. Michaelson will not be performing August 2 through August 6.
Created by Dave Malloy (Ghost Quartet, Preludes) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Artistic Director of The TEAM), The Great Comet began previews at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) on October 18, and officially opened Monday, November 14, 2016. Josh Groban, who made his Broadway debut as ‘Pierre’ will perform in the show through July 2, 2017.
Born in New York City and raised by her mother, a sculptor, and her father, a classical composer, Ingrid Michaelson has artistry in her DNA. At four she began taking piano lessons, but it wasn’t until after she graduated college with a degree in musical theatre and was touring the country in a theater troupe that she began to write her own songs, which would connect with millions. Her music is released on her own label, Cabin 24 Records, which has sold over one million albums and 10 million singles to date including her Platinum singles, “The Way I Am,” “Girls Chase Boys” and brand new hit, “Celebrate” featuring AJR.
Just last month, Michaelson released “Alter Egos,” an EP featuring duets with Sara Bareilles, AJR, John Paul White, Tegan and Sara and Lucius and announced that she’d inked a deal to develop and star in a semi-autobiographical comedy for Hulu.This Friday at the LA Film Festival, the multi-talented entertainer will make her film debut in “Humor Me,” Sam Hoffman’s directorial debut, alongside Elliott Gould, Jemaine Clement, Bebe Neuwirth, Erich Bergen and Annie Potts.
The Great Comet features a thrilling mix of rock, pop, soul, electronic dance music and classic Broadway. Inspired by a 70-page slice of War And Peace, the immersive staging of this unforgettable epic story brings audiences just inches from the performers as they light up Broadway in an experience like no other. The Great Comet was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical (Josh Groban), Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical (Denée Benton), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Lucas Steele), Outstanding Direction (Rachel Chavkin), Outstanding Original Score (Dave Malloy), Outstanding Book (Dave Malloy), Outstanding Orchestrations (Dave Malloy), Outstanding Choreography (Sam Pinkleton), and Outstanding Costume Design (Paloma Young). The Great Comet received two 2017 Tony Awards for Outstanding Scenic Design (Mimi Lien) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Bradley King).
Led by Groban and Benton, the current cast of The Great Comet includes Brittain Ashford as ‘Sonya,’ Gelsey Bell as ‘Mary,’ Nicholas Belton as ‘Andrey/Bolkonsky,’ Nick Choksi as ‘Dolokhov,’ Amber Gray as ‘Hélène,’ Grace McLean as ‘Marya D,’ Paul Pinto as ‘Balaga,’ Scott Stangland as ‘Pierre’ (standby), and Lucas Steele as ‘Anatole.’ The ensemble includes Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Kennedy Caughell, Ken Clark, Lulu Fall, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Nick Gaswirth, Alex Gibson, Brad Giovanine, Billy Joe Kiessling, Mary Spencer Knapp, Blaine Alden Krauss, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Andrew Mayer, Mary Page Nance, Shoba Narayan, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Celia Mei Rubin, Heath Saunders, Katrina Yaukey, and Lauren Zakrin.
The Great Comet features choreography by Sam Pinkleton, set design by 2017 Tony Award, Drama Desk and OCC winner Mimi Lien, costume design by Tony Award winner Paloma Young, lighting design by 2017 Tony Award, Drama Desk and OCC winner Bradley King, sound design by 2017 Drama Desk winner Nicholas Pope, music supervision by Sonny Paladino, musical direction by Or Matias, casting by Stewart/Whitley, and production stage management by Karyn Meek.
Natasha is young, Anatole is hot, and Andrey isn’t here… but what about Pierre? 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. THE GREAT COMET arrives fresh off its sold-out run in Boston and its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere. Its renowned creative team has reimagined the Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, where every seat provides a unique perspective and an unforgettable experience which is “thrilling, a feast for the senses” (Associated Press) and “inventive, ravishing and full-on romantic” (New York Post).
Creator Dave Malloy made his Broadway performing debut this past spring, stepping into the role of ‘Pierre’ for 10 performances across May and June 2017. Malloy originated the role of ‘Pierre’ in the show’s initial off-Broadway runs at Ars Nova and Kazino. He will perform the role of ‘Pierre’ at the following performances: Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm; and Tuesday, June 27 at 7pm.
Tickets for THE GREAT COMET are on sale now and available via Telecharge.com or by visiting the Imperial Theater box office (249 West 45th Street). Tickets range from $59 to $169. For groups of 10+, call 1-800-432-7780. Performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.