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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Guess what? I was IN a Broadway show last weekend!

Ok, so I actually just sat on the stage, but still… how cool is sitting onstage during a Broadway musical?!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 doesn’t just have seats in the audience, but also onstage, so you can immerse yourself directly in the action! And you know it’ll be good action, since The Great Comet was the most nominated show for this year’s Tony Awards!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

When picking my onstage seat, I spent a lot of time looking at online photos of the stage to figure out exactly where I wanted to be. And it worked, since once I got there I confirmed I had the best seat in the house: in one of the onstage upholstered armchairs, row SB, seat 1. It was so worth it!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

See that orange and yellow pathway? That’s where the performers were during the show!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

If my seat isn’t available (yes, I’m referring to row SB, seat 1 as “my seat” now), and you select one of the onstage upholstered chairs at tables, make sure you’re not in one of the back two chairs at the table. Otherwise you’re at the mercy of looking around whoever is sitting in the two chairs in front of you (and hoping they’re not too tall!)

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It was so much fun gazing out over the audience from the stage. This must be what it’s like to be a Broadway performer!

And since you’re onstage the audience looks back at you too. Luckily I did my hair that day!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

After the performers came out and went over the rules (basically don’t touch them!) it was time for the show to begin!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Production photos by Chad Batka

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Production photos by Chad Batka

Even though I didn’t take these pictures, this is exactly how close you are to the performers! They dance, sing and act all around you, handing you things throughout the show, including food and instruments.

Yes, you heard right, at one point I was part of a Broadway orchestra! This is quite the stage debut, I have to say!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Production photos by Chad Batka

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Production photos by Chad Batka

The show is inspired by 70 pages of War and Peace, but is an irreverent take on the classic story. In fact, the first song begins with a humorous character description, in which Natasha is “young,” Anatole is “hot,” and Andrey “isn’t here.”

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Production photos by Chad Batka

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Production photos by Chad Batka

The music and storyline are really engaging, and I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. And the fact that the performers are interacting with you just makes it that much more fun. I had the BEST time!

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 - Broadway theater review - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Production photos by Chad Batka

But here’s the bad news: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is only showing through September 3rd! So you need to get your tickets ASAP! Otherwise you’ll miss one of the most memorable Broadway experiences you’ll ever have!

You can get tickets here.

Now do a few vocal warm ups (and your hair, of course)! You’re about to have your Broadway debut!

~A

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