One of the more high-class Broadway musicals to debut recently was âNatasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,â which is based on one segment in Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
It worked its way up from a small theater way off Broadway. The New York Times reviewer liked it better than Hamilton. It earned the most Tony nominations this year.
And, with singer Josh Groban playing Pierre, who more or less represents Tolstoy’s point of view in War and Peace, it did good business.
But then Groban left the role.
With Okieriete Onaodowan, from the cast of Hamilton, now playing Pierre / Tolstoy, ticket sales have been down significantly.
So the producers announced that Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin (best known to moviegoers as Spanish swordsman...