(New York Post) -- ‘There’s a war going on out there somewhere.” So goes the catchy opening song from the Broadway show “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” The idea is the war is happening far away, and the characters of the show, safe in a swinging Moscow, are untouched by it.
With an unusual set, where some of the audience sits on the stage, and a big name in Josh Groban playing the title role of Pierre, “The Great Comet” was supposed to be Broadway’s next big hit. The quirky musical, based on “70 pages” of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2016-2017, the most of any show that season.
It was frequently called “the next ‘Hamilton.’ ” They would hand out pierogis (Russian dumplings) at the start of the show and music makers during it. Everyone had a raucous good time.
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Yet in a month, the show will be over, a victim of a ridiculous backlash over the race of its lead actor.