Josh Groban Takes Aim at His Broadway Dream

The New York Times
Dec. 13, 2015
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Josh Groban is a big fan of the theater. He acted at a performing arts high school, he sees plays in Los Angeles and New York, and his latest album is a set of show tune covers.

Now, in the midst of an enormously successful career as a recording artist, this baritone balladeer is preparing to make his Broadway debut….

THE GREAT COMET set designer Mimi Lien is a MacArthur Grant Recipient

MacArthur Foundation
Sept. 28, 2015
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Mimi Lien is a set designer for theater, opera, and dance whose bold, immersive designs shape and extend a dramatic text’s narrative and emotional dynamics. Lien combines training in set design and architecture with an innate dramaturgical insight, and she is adept at configuring a performance space to establish particular relationships—both among the characters on stage and between the audience and the actors—that dramatize the play’s movement through space and time….

Here Lies Love, Fun Home and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Lead Lortel Award Nominations

Playbill
By Adam Hetrick
April 1, 2014
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The Off-Broadway musicals Here Lies Love, Fun Home and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, as well as new plays by Joshua Harmon, Will Eno and Bruce Norris are among the nominees for the 29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards, which were announced April 1 by the Off-Broadway League….

The ex-Talking Heads frontman’s Imelda Marcos musical dominates this year’s off-Broadway honors alongside “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” with 11 nods apiece.

Hollywoodreporter.com
By David Rooney
April 1, 2014
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Two unconventional immersive musicals, David Byrne‘sHere Lies Love and Dave Malloy‘s Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, lead the field with 11 nominations each for the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards, the top honors for off-Broadway theater…..

Here Lies Love & Natasha, Pierre Garner Most Nominations for 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards

Broadway.com
By Staff
April 1, 2014
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Nominations have been announced for the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor the best in off-Broadway theater. Here Lies Love and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 have garnered the most nods with 11 each….

‘Here Lies Love,’ ‘Great Comet’ Shatter Records in Lortel Nominations

Variety
By Gordon Cox
April 1, 2014
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Two immersive Off Broadway buzzmagnets, the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim disco tuner “Here Lies Love” and Tolstoy-and-vodka musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” earned a record-breaking 11 nominations each for the 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards, the annual legit kudos that focus on Off Broadway fare….

‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812’ Moving to Midtown

The New York Times
By PATRICK HEALY
September 3, 2013
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“The Great Comet,” based on a section of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and one of the best-reviewed shows of the 2012-13 theater season, will mount its tent in the empty lot on West 45th Street near 8th Avenue, at the same location where the Spiegelworld tent show “Empire” ran last year. A 14-week run of “The Great Comet” will begin on Sept. 24, its producers announced on Tuesday; the show’s downtown run concluded on Monday night…

Total Immersion

Time Magazine
By Richard Zoglin
June 24, 2013
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Making a musical out of War and Peace might seem like a fool’s errand. All those pages. All those subplots. All those Russian names. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Dave Malloy’s cheeky pop-rock version of (at least a portion of) Tolstoy’s novel, helps out on the name front with a cute opening number that introduces the characters with primer-like directness (“Helene’s a slut, Anatole’s hot, Sonya’s good …”). The show gets playgoers into the mood by seating them at tables in a faux Russian supper club and feeding them borscht and blini. And it scatters the action everywhere:…