Ingrid Michaelson makes her Broadway debut tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson makes her Broadway debut tonight, as she assumes the role of Sonya in hit musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 at the Imperial Theatre. Ms. Michaelson steps in for original cast member Brittain Ashford during her hiatus from the show, and will remain with the production through to August 13, 2017.

Ingrid Michaelson has released seven studio albums to date - "Slow the Rain" (2005), "Girls and Boys" (2006), "Be OK" (2008), "Everybody" (2009), "Human Again" (2012), "Lights Out" (2014), and "It Doesn't Have to Make Sense" (2016). She also performed on the "Hamilton Mixtape."

In addition, Hamilton star Okieriete "Oak" Onaodowan, who was originally scheduled to begin performances as Pierre tonight, will debut in the role on July 11 for a limited engagement through to September 4, 2017. The show's creator Dave Malloy reprises the role of Pierre tonight and plays through to July 9. Tony nominee Josh Groban played his final performance in the role yesterday, July 2, 2017.

The principal cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 currently includes Tony nominee Dave Malloy (Pierre), Tony nominee Denée Benton (Natasha), Ingrid Michaelson (Sonya), Amber Gray (Helene), Grace McLean (Marya D), Tony nominee Lucas Steele (Anatole), Gelsey Bell (Princess Mary), Nicholas Belton (Bolkonsky/Andrey), Nick Choksi (Dolokhov), and Paul Pinto (Balaga).

The Broadway premiere of Dave Malloy's musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, directed by Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin, began previews at Broadway's Imperial Theatre on October 18, 2016, and officially opened to excellent reviews on November 14. The production is currently booking through to January 7, 2018.

Synopsis: "Based on a most scandalous chapter of Leo Tolstoy's Russian masterpiece 'War and Peace,' the musical tells the story of a young girl named Natasha, who is betrothed to Andrey, though he's off at war. In his absence, Natasha strikes up a relationship with the attractive Anatole, whose rebellious nature causes Andrey's best friend Pierre to be on alert to the budding romance. Dave Malloy's adaptation of this 70-page slice of 'War and Peace' puts audiences just inches away from Tolstoy's brash young lovers, as they light up Moscow in an epic tale of romance and passion."

The creative team behind Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 features musical direction by Or Matias, music supervision by Sonny Paladino, scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Bradley King, and sound design by Nicholas Pope.

At The 71st Annual Tony Awards, the production was nominated for a total of 12 Tony Awards and took home the trophies for "Best Scenic Design of a Musical" and "Best Lighting Design of a Musical."

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is produced on Broadway by Howard & Janet Kagan and Paula Marie Black.

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