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Another Review of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

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  • Another Review of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

    I've sat in Banquettes, at a stage table and Friday night, May 12, 2017 at a stool right outside of Pierre's Den. Each time has been a different experience for me. Not only because I am seeing things from a different point of view but I have picked up on little subtleties that I had missed in previous shows (i.e. Natasha & Anatole's steamy kiss captured my full attention but this time I noticed the cast all had water glasses and were running their fingers along the rim to make this beautiful, unique sound. Brilliant detail. I previously posted a review after seeing the show for the first time on Feb. 4th. stating Josh's performance was Tony Award good (I wasn't sitting close to him for that performance and I just had a feeling). Look what happened - It is and he was . . . and now, the awards keep coming for him, which he so deserves!

    To sit so close to him I was able to really appreciate his acting abilities, how he becomes Pierre to the core. The way his eyes look sad, full of loneliness and despair, the way his mouth is crooked and old, the way he holds his hands, fingers bent, trembling and shaking, his awkward drunken movements and the emotion and facial expression after the duel are so deep and accurate of someone suffering from depression and having a near death experience and survive (I know I've been there). Wow, just unbelievable! There are an array of adjectives I could and have used to describe his performance but none really seem to be "enough" or do it the justice he deserves. I so appreciate his craftsmanship, musicality and just brilliance in bringing this character to life. To top it off, to be so close and see him sing with everything he's got, play the accordion, piano, drums and tambourine and is something I won't ever forget. AMAZING! **I tried to tell Josh how great I thought his performance was at SD but to tell him it was great is an understatement. So, Josh, if you ever read this please know that I was totally blown away, shook and rocked by your phenomenal performance and I'm so grateful I got to see you make your broadway debut!

    I absolutely loved being in the "spit zone", was surprised (and blushed bright red) by a hand kiss, looked into the eyes of many talented performers, listened up close to them beautifully play their instruments and fully appreciate all their dancing talents as well as witness the impeccable creative detail of the costumes and gaze up into the comet lights and feel their heat descend down on me. Still haven't gotten a letter . . . maybe I should make a return trip?! WOW! All in all, I love this show! It's my favorite broadway production. It's unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I have seen other shows after Great Comet and been little "let down" because of all The Great Comet has to offer. I really did feel like I was in a different world. I absolutely loved escaping for 2 1/2 hours and leaving the rest of the world outside. This cast is a tight knit family, even down to the bartenders (drink specials & Anadoll) and it's reflected in each performance. I felt lucky to have gotten to see this show once but quickly found myself wanting more. You know a show is great when it totally draws you in, captivates your whole mind and then brings out your tears and emotions, and yes, I did tear up quite a few times during this performance, more than I had before . . . and that's not a bad thing . . . just a testament to the story telling, atmosphere and brilliant actors. This show will "abduct" you or at least your heart. You'll never think of musicals the same way again!

vkneece@aol.com's picture
on May 14, 2017 - 7:31am

I've sat in Banquettes, at a stage table and Friday night, May 12, 2017 at a stool right outside of Pierre's Den. Each time has been a different experience for me. Not only because I am seeing things from a different point of view but I have picked up on little subtleties that I had missed in previous shows (i.e. Natasha & Anatole's steamy kiss captured my full attention but this time I noticed the cast all had water glasses and were running their fingers along the rim to make this beautiful, unique sound. Brilliant detail. I previously posted a review after seeing the show for the first time on Feb. 4th. stating Josh's performance was Tony Award good (I wasn't sitting close to him for that performance and I just had a feeling). Look what happened - It is and he was . . . and now, the awards keep coming for him, which he so deserves!

To sit so close to him I was able to really appreciate his acting abilities, how he becomes Pierre to the core. The way his eyes look sad, full of loneliness and despair, the way his mouth is crooked and old, the way he holds his hands, fingers bent, trembling and shaking, his awkward drunken movements and the emotion and facial expression after the duel are so deep and accurate of someone suffering from depression and having a near death experience and survive (I know I've been there). Wow, just unbelievable! There are an array of adjectives I could and have used to describe his performance but none really seem to be "enough" or do it the justice he deserves. I so appreciate his craftsmanship, musicality and just brilliance in bringing this character to life. To top it off, to be so close and see him sing with everything he's got, play the accordion, piano, drums and tambourine and is something I won't ever forget. AMAZING! **I tried to tell Josh how great I thought his performance was at SD but to tell him it was great is an understatement. So, Josh, if you ever read this please know that I was totally blown away, shook and rocked by your phenomenal performance and I'm so grateful I got to see you make your broadway debut!

I absolutely loved being in the "spit zone", was surprised (and blushed bright red) by a hand kiss, looked into the eyes of many talented performers, listened up close to them beautifully play their instruments and fully appreciate all their dancing talents as well as witness the impeccable creative detail of the costumes and gaze up into the comet lights and feel their heat descend down on me. Still haven't gotten a letter . . . maybe I should make a return trip?! WOW! All in all, I love this show! It's my favorite broadway production. It's unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I have seen other shows after Great Comet and been little "let down" because of all The Great Comet has to offer. I really did feel like I was in a different world. I absolutely loved escaping for 2 1/2 hours and leaving the rest of the world outside. This cast is a tight knit family, even down to the bartenders (drink specials & Anadoll) and it's reflected in each performance. I felt lucky to have gotten to see this show once but quickly found myself wanting more. You know a show is great when it totally draws you in, captivates your whole mind and then brings out your tears and emotions, and yes, I did tear up quite a few times during this performance, more than I had before . . . and that's not a bad thing . . . just a testament to the story telling, atmosphere and brilliant actors. This show will "abduct" you or at least your heart. You'll never think of musicals the same way again!

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joshluvver227's picture

Thank-you so much for your great review!!! It made me feel as though I was really there!!!

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