eek i never post but i saw great comet last night and they announced its closing RIGHT before the show started so it was a bit of a weird vibe beginning the show. i sat in the stage right banquettes & the entire show was incredible (no surprise) (also so much lucas eye contact so i melted) but at the end of great comet of 1812/beginning of bows lucas was sitting next to me on the stairs and he was crying which bRoke my heart bc this show was apart of his life for so long so i started sobbing & i guess i sniffled really loud & he turned to me and smiled a lil through the tears. and my heart broke. the majority of the cast was crying through bows but trying to keep a happy face & only a few ppl stage doored which makes sense bc of the emotional night. anyway i love great comet & im v sad now so yay
here’s my great comet experience from 6/15/17
GREAT COMET NOTES (this is like a month after I saw it and I didn’t know it when I saw it so I prolly missed everything)
•the outside of the theatre before you go in looks like a war bunker there’s torn up posters and everything!!!
•we technically had the worst seats in the house and we got no interactions but it’s ok
•I think sumayya has our section but I’m not sure?
•no pierogis I was depressed
•they were playing korobeiniki it was lit
•gelsey was walking around pre show what a bean
•I forgot who came up to us for the safety announcement but whoever you are I love you!!
•"keep all things out of the aisles! bags, programs, children, i don’t know"
•"repeat offenders shall be sent to Siberia"
•THE FUCKING R A I D SIRENS TO START THE SHOW I HAD A HEART ATTACK
•you can’t rlly see pierre @ the beginning from my seats he’s blocked by the chandeliers
•speaking of lighting the lights on the end tables brighten and dim with the music it’s great
•during prologue everyone has a pose that’s usually “raise hand dramatically and take a shot” but dolokhov’s was fist pumping???
-azudi was in for nick and he was so good but very different from what I’ve seen of nick
-his voice lowkey reminds me of taye diggs tbh
•Josh’s pierre? Wow. you can see his facial expressions from the rear mezz legit
•the end aaaaaAAAAAAAAA at pierre? art
•grace McLean has SUCH stage presence
-she’s like lowkey mean to sonya????
•denee was a lil bit quiet but it was prolly a mic problem
•I forgot that sonya and natasha were cousins and proceeded to lowkey ship them for the majority of the show ngl
•ok bolkonsky is literally terrifying sorry guys
•people enjoy me though got laughs (he awkwardly stares at part of the banquettes it’s very weird i love it)
•the where are my glasses bit I almost had a fuckin panic attack
•also Paul pinto is bolkonskys servant here and it’s hilarious but also.
-when he’s singing he’s fuckin bent in half with like a serving tray in hand/on his back how does he do that
•like i feel u Mary your dad is legit SCARY
•"natasha is young… an WorthleSS and DUMB.“
•natasha and bolkonsky was lowkey funny tho
•they grab chairs and sit around a table with some audience members and there’s an awkward 10 seconds of them shuffling around and making room for themselves
•CONSTRAAAAAAINED AND STRAAAAAINED
•says the mean old man in his underthings
•so I LOVE no one else!
•the fake snow!!!
•the light bulbs coming down to look like stars???!
-my entire aesthetic TBH
•the opera feels like a drug trip honestly
•THE OPERA THE OPERAAAAA
•Paul in a top hat(?)
•the opera singers
•just all of the opera
•the glitter falling down
•andrey(?) getting ‘killed’ and the way they do the ribbons. wow
•azudi has such prescense like damn
-like, wow. i was like. damn. he's… he’s fedya
•helene and dolokhov arm in arm?more like helene and dolokhov tongue in mouth
•"no I am enjoying myself at home this evening” he says, sitting in the pit while reading a book
•ANATOLES ENTRANCE MMMMMMM FUCK
•like the comes in with the lights blaring, he lowkey looks like he’s been surrounded by paparazzi and he just snaps his fuckin head around by 90 degrees like “make sure to get my good angles oh wait they’re all good”
•like I love him but also me, a hardcore theatre person was pissed because WHO WALKS IN DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE ACT
•also this boy literally checked himself out every time he passed a mirror. without fail.
•natasha and anatole
•anatole fuckin peacocks up to the top of the stage where natasha is and leans against the balcony and very deliberately sticks out his ass
•the “you ought to come, please come"s are so adorable!!!! like wow Lucas despite being anatole the pompous asshole he doesn’t forget to remind people that anatole’s a child. he’s a literal child.
•the way denee says enraptured
•kiss me on the neck part is like OOOoooOoo
•on “give me this flower as a pledge” he takes Natasha’s flower from her hair and natasha gets a lil mad like ‘wtf did I say you cld do that”
•THE DUEL IS SO LIT
•anatole walks down to where Pierre is sitting and he looks so miffed
•there’s this little shoulder thing that Lucas does during “were off to the club!” And it is so adorable like again what I said about him being a child
•lend me fifty rubles?
•I don’t know if azudi did the weird nick choksi dance I didn’t check TBH
•the fuckin strobe lights wtf
•how do they move around
•there are light up shoes
•I don’t know if there was “oh yeah show me what you got girl” rip
•also during the really cool electric part right after the “feather in my hat” thing they did this awesome thing with the lights where they synced it up so that a spotlight hit for each note and idk how to explain it but they went along like little footsteps kinda?
•I believe josh downs a glass after “pouring several glasses.”
•I think dolokhov fills helenes drink but idk
•Paul pinto’s voice is so distorted during his part the duel bc the bass is So Much the entire theatre is Vibrating
•they advance slowly towards each other and when josh fires they both look so shocked
•pierre stands right at the barrier with his arms outstretched waiting for dolokhov to shoot him
•meanwhile dolokhov is only shooting with one arm bc his other arm is propping up the shooting arm which pierre just fucking shot
•the shot goes off
•there’s like 5 seconds of silence
•and then he just, looks up, pats himself over, and is just like “wait shit,,,, I’m ok????”
•anatole carries dolokhov off
•what can I say, it’s a Gift
•honestly what can I say about dust and ashes that hasn’t already been said
-like there is such a good energy build in that song dave malloy man what a genius
•the part with the mirror is lowkey adorable
-they do the candle thing. Natasha’s like “I see my face” and sonya just gives her a look like “you know that’s not what I meant”
•also correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t anatole stand so that natasha sees him in the mirror
•also grace just fuckin yelling “sUNDAY MORNING TIME FOR C H U R CH”
•CHARMING W O W
•Helene just walks in on natasha in her underwear and she’s like sup girl
•she swishes her dress so much it’s beautiful
•definitely got some Gay Vibes from that
•natasha starts to swish her dress too !!
•she then like epically changes into another dress
•Helene takes off Natasha’s necklace and replaces it with her own
•the transition from charming to the ball is effortless i love it
•I don’t remember much about the ball tbh
-thinking “dang I’d go with him too if he spoke to me like that”
-the kiss!!!!!!! wow
-the silent but collective 'oh shit’ after it happened was real
-like you just feel everything natasha is feeling just through the music WOW
-the I WILL LOVE YOU ANATOOOOOOLEs wow I had a heart attack
-I’ll do anythiiing for youuuuuuuuuuuuuu
•MORE RAID SIRENS JFC
•SO letters is legit such a bop
•(didn’t get a letter tho rip me)
•FOR I V E BEEN STUDYING THE CABAL (I think this is the park where he slaps the book and dust flies out but I’m not sure)
•A LETTER WHICH *I* COMPOSED
•A LOVE LETTER A LOVE LETTER A LOVE LETTER A LOVE LETTER
•nATALIE NATALIE NATALIE
•also when the chorus joins in for the “NATALIE NATALIE NATALIE"s the lights sync up w them so they brighten when it happens it’s so COOL
•I WILL COME AND STEAL YOU
TEAL W ST
aWWWWAY S YOU A
UT OF THE D
YOU OU A A
•the way he did the “just say yes"s was really funny for some reason?
-he gets down on his knees or at least crouched down so he’s shorter then denee
-he looks up with the puppy dog eyes of a practiced privileged white kid
-just say yeeeeeeeeessssssssss
-*pauses and awaits for natasha to respond. she does not*
-just saaaaaay yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessss
-*another pause. no response from natasha. audience laughs*
-……… just saayyyyyyy
-when Natasha’s like "yes! yes!” Lucas dashed over to Helene hand he’s all smiley and he gives her fake punches like “!!! i did it!!!! i really did it!!!!!!”
•ps i love the irony of natasha and pierre and mary all saying “so alone in here” at the same time
•so sonya and natasha
•sonya, friend Protector extraordinaire
•Natasha’s “I HAAAAATE YOU SONYA"s were so convincing it hurt my heart
•Brittain legit started sobbing wow
•oh my god
•OH MY GOD
•so as much as i love dust and ashes sonya alone is my absolute favorite solo
-she just stands alone on stage with a single lightbulb over her head
-and has this beautiful soliloquy
-i was crying. brittain was crying. everyone was crying
-the "and if i never sleep again” part is just so beautiful and heartbreaking ugh
•preparations was so good but it was like a lil bit weird to hear azudi bc he doesn’t sound At All like nick which isn’t a bad thing at all I’m just used to having a Very Clearly Midwestern 19th Century Russian Dolokhov™
•so in the beginning anatole comes up to pierre and he’s holding a bag and The Green Coat
•also shaving cream
-on the “lend me fifty rubles” Pierre gets out his wallet and takes out the money and holds it out for anatole to take and instead of taking the money anatole just takes his whole fuckin wallet
•azudi’s voice was just a lot more musical theatre-y i guess? idk
•but he still did amazing he did not miss a beat like Wow
•sadly did not get a shaker rip
•but the whole theatre was so lit during this song
•the Green Coat in all its glory
•just as squishy and majestic in person
•Paul pintos energy was off the charts!!!!
•idk what happened with danatole ugh I wasn’t lookin
•they were all dancing it was so beautiful and chaotic
•when josh goes “wOOOOOAAAAAAAAAH” they pause for a few secs to catch their breath it’s real funny
•anatole does these fun hand motions when the ensemble joins in for the next “WOAH OOAH
OOO O O OAH
kinda like he’s conducting them
•The Abduction is possibly my new fav group number
•lucas’ wOAAAAAAAAAAAAH’ lasted forever oh geez
•THE VIOLIN HOLY SHIT GUYS
•he was finessing every man, woman, and nonbinary person in the fuckin room with that violin
•"smash your glasses on the floor” is the 19th century russian equivalent of “SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS”
•and then there’s a whole bunch of dancing
•and then The shut The door part
•i was a lil miffed bc you couldn’t see what he was doing to the person next to him from my seat but everyone laughed so /:
•azudi in the Abduction aka slay my life
•he looks legit so concerned for anatole
•but also he’s like take the cloak you stupid fuck
•i think he takes the cloak off of pearl but if not sure
•gelsey as the maidservant!!!!
•she fuckin slayed those high notes
•they were slewn
•MARYA MY GIRL JUST BURSTING IN LIKE HAH YOU THOUGHT BITCH
•in my house is a song of pure unfiltered RAGE
•props to grace because it’s very hard sometimes to like a character as aggressive as mama marya but she’s one of the best characters in the show honestly
•the part where the music which had been so chaotic and energetic for like half an hour almost starts to mellow out and marya does the whole “I covered her with two quilts” thing is the auditory version of a liminal space
•the last lyrics of in my house sung by natasha are pretty haunting not gonna lie
•I don’t remember anything from a call to pierre TBH except for marya tracking pierre down and all of pierre’s “whAAAt"s getting more and more loud and honestly that’s all I needed to remember
•also grace being terrifying but what’s new
•I feel like this is weird but I really love find anatole
•like Lucas and josh have a really fun chemistry I don’t know
•josh laps the entire stage "looking” for anatole
•he literally seizes Lucas by the collar and at the bash your head in line he picks up what I originally thought was a bottle but Is actually a bear paperweight and legit looks like he wants to murder him
•also at the part where it sounds like a computers breaking down that’s when natasha poisons herself
•i personally didn’t realize this bc i was too focused on Lucas ngl
•like he looks so terrified
•pierre rather unsubtly gestures to anatole’s crotch during the “besides your pleasure” bit
•when anatole goes “you could at least take back your words, eh?” pierre just. glares at him. he’s like “are you… are you fucking kidding me”
•he held that note forever i swear
•there was a long bit of applause after that
•anatole’s exit is just as dramatic as his entrance honestly
•natasha very ill is just so… sobering? like it’s been nonstop energy and anger and panic and manic energy for like half and hour and then the whole thing just slows down
•I don’t remember much of pierre + andrey but people usually read it as andrey being sarcastic but he seemed genuinely worried about natasha to me i don’t know tho
•pierre and natasha just. wow
•denee comes in in her dressing gown and braided hair and she’s just stripped raw it’s so beautiful and impactful
•and the way denee leans on the handrails for support, she was just so so good w o w
•Josh’s "if i were not myself” monologue is done I believe as Natasha’s about to leave, then as he starts talking she just stops and listens and at the end you see her physically regain some of her innocence •and when she touches his face!!!!!!! wowwwww
•like when I see any musical, i didn’t pay much attention to the last song because oH NO THE SHOW IS ALMOST OVER WHAT NO IT CANT BE OVER
•josh has the voice of an angel wow
•the strings at the end are very anxiety inducing
•as they get higher and higher the comet glows brighter and brighter it’s really mesmerizing
•i love the bows music wow it’s so amazing
•there was a standing o
•also so much applause for lucas and denee and josh
•i don’t remember half of the people that came out in sorry
•here’s what i do remember
-we came out of the wrong side of the theatre and had to fucking bolt to the other side
-josh canfield came out for sure he was so nice!
-azudi came out and he saw the great comet hat i just bought and he was jokingly like “no way i have one just like it!”
-2 girls in all purple clothing and wigs i don’t remember who they were im sorry
-gelsey came out i was crying a little bit!!!
-josh came out but he didn’t go down as far as i was (the barricades didn’t stretch that far rip)
-I had a full conversation to pearl rhein about how she looks like lulu @melchixr and she was like! “no way! my name is pearl and lulu in swahili means pearl!” she was so nice
-cathryn wake addressed my playbill to me she was so lovely wow
-lucas came out last and he was wearing a pastel green baseball cap i was living
-i asked him for a picture he was literally so nice?????? w o w
-so the line was stretching way back like past the barricades and paul god bless him was trying to exit out of the doors in the back like the one with denee’s face on it
-little did he know the line stretched back so far that the end of the line was just around said door
-he opened the door and accidentally fuckin decked the person standing in front of it
-he apologized profusely and just kinda scampered off god love him
-when i left i stopped for a sec and lucas was walking out and he patted me on the back i absolutely started crying
-side note: andy mientus was at the show and i didn’t know and when i got home and found out i was like “wHAT? DID HE GO BACKSTAGE? COULD I HAVE S E EN HIM IF I WAS CLOSER UP??”
in summary, great comet was the single most amazing and unique theatre experience I’ve ever had and i would do almost anything to get to experience again
I’m hopping on the bandwagon here to share with you guys some of the stuff that happened today. It was almost a complete surprise that we were going to the show today. I’m making a separate post for stage door whoops. This probably won’t be in order.
- Lucas’ “whoooOOOOAAAA” was like 30 seconds long and got a full minute of applause + one guy yelling “do it again!” and tbh I think he considered it - During Sonya Alone, Andrey is sitting on the side of the stairs and Natasha carries the letter she’s writing to Mary about breaking everything off around the stage until she reaches him - During No One Else, Natasha sang the line “we were angels once, don’t you remember?” to this woman and she nodded back to Natasha and the audience loved it - The guy who had to give Anatole’s letter to Natasha had no idea he had to get up so he’s trying to reach across to give her the letter while Helene and an ensemble member were furiously trying to get him up - those strobe lights are crazy jeez I thought they wouldn’t be on as long as they were - Anatole is basically crying like a little kid on Helene’s lap during Find Anatole - The audience loved Lucas Steele a lot (and so did I) - my mom thought he couldn’t sing and she realized she was horribly mistaken once act 2 came around - the Russian music playing when you walk in is my jam - Ingrid’s Sonya Alone is so emotional and honestly I wish someone could have recorded it because it was SO GOOD - The part in Natasha & Pierre where Pierre says “she began to cry” he wasn’t kidding Denee broke down sobbing for the rest of the verse - I refused to listen to a couple songs until I saw the show live (I didn’t want to spoil everything) and Charming wOW AMBER GRAY IS INCREDIBLE - Anatole looks in mirrors. a lot. - during the crazy part of the Abduction, I thought Heath (he was on a platform in front of me) was kinda normal until he suddenly yanked his hair out of its ponytail and started headbanging into everyone’s laps - Natasha and PIerre look right at each other for the “I see nothing but the candle in the mirror” part of Letters but they’re not talking to each other - Courtney Bassett (Mary) can siNG JEEZ - Everyone was mildly uncomfortable when Bolkonsky was on stage - I literally couldn’t see Balaga at all during his own song where did he go probably the mezzanine - One of the ensemble members completely blocked my view of Lucas when he was doing the jacket swooshy thing at the end of Balaga - Heath was having trouble I think doing the squat things during the Abduction but one of the accordion players came over and she was like “isn’t he great folks aren’t they all great?!” - I feel like Lucas was a little off on the “peteRSBURG“ thing today but heck what do I know I’m not in the show (I wish tho) - anything Lucas did the audience loved and they were usually laughing at him - one of the accordion players came to my section before the show to throw the dumplings but she missed once and hit the sound guy - Hearing Oak sing compared to the rapping from Hamilton was so nice he has a nice voice. He also did a little giggle after the whole crazy part in the Abduction - Natasha kinda stands at the top of the stage at the “sofa” for all of Find Anatole until Marya tells her that Anatole’s married and it’s kinda creepy to watch - Anatole kept doing this hand thing where he would kinda pose with one up and one down and it got messier and messier during Pierre & Anatole as he was slowly having a breakdown and it was kinda cool to watch the whole breakdown and fight scene - During the Duel, Pierre puts the gun up to his head and starts walking while Anatole is frantically shouting “Pierre, hold your fire!” He eventually points it at Dolokhov ofc - I think Oak’s mic might’ve gone out while he was doing the talking bit during Natasha & Pierre but that might’ve been done on purpose idk help me out y’all
EDIT: I forgot some stuff! - Anatole shouts, “Everyone, raise a glass!” and while he’s doing the “whooOOOAAA” he’s trying to get everyone to raise shot glasses at the tables but one guy only had a water bottle so Lucas tried to get him to raise that instead but the guy wasn’t really having it - Oak got so. much. applause. as soon as he stepped on stage with the accordion it just kept going - I think it was during Sonya & Natasha, but I could be wrong. Anyways, Andrey was standing at the back of the orchestra with another ensemble dude and he was like peeking out from behind a pillar with his guitar watching the girls fight - Lucas got so many laughs, especially for that part in Letters where he says, “Just say yes….” He was definitely playing to the audience the whole time it was great - Dolokhov and Helene started making out I think during the Duel before Pierre got mad - After Dolokhov shot at PIerre, Pierre kinda just stood there hunched over for a while before popping up and going “whew” to the audience - The girl Bolkonsky was all over during The Private and Intimate Life… was so uncomfortable but she was laughing the whole time - She kinda started brushing herself off when he walked away though - During Natasha & the Bolkonskys, there’s a long pause while Mary and Natasha hold stools over their heads to try and sit with the people at the tables but they were having a really hard time getting through cause this poor man moved to the side for Mary, but he had to move back over for Natasha and he just had no space and he was really confused - During Letters, everyone enters the stage through the huge doors but Andrey comes in last and stands at the top while Pierre “reads” his letter to him
I saw the Comet August 17th at 7 and I saw the OBC except Scott Stagland as Pierre and Courtney Basset as Mary. Here are some highlights (things that I found funny/ interesting)
✨In Moscow when Natasha greets Marya, she’s all smily and then when Sonya does she literally looks down at her lol
✨ Sonya and Natasha are so bouncy in this song and Marya seems just as excited.
✨Marya’s voice is so hard that when you listen to her, you would think she’s angry or something, but She’s literally so excited when she says they could read to her while she knits. It’s adorable
✨Bolkonsky is HILARIOUS– just listening to him isn’t enough. 99.9% of the time is tongue was not in his mouth and he’s very VERY shaky
✨Bolkonsky basically nibbles one of the audience members ears
✨Denee killed it during No One Else. Natasha is literally all smiles
✨Andre is actually on stage during part of No One Else surrounded by ‘snow’
✨Dolokhov is so flouncy and Helene is in love with holding onto her skirt because 98 percent of the time she’s twirling in it.
✨Dolokhov kisses an audience members hand, and he has her kiss his
✨When Anatole comes in he kisses a girl on the cheek and slaps the guy next to her on the back
✨ What the heck was the opera? Omg it’s gonna haunt me for ever.
✨It was so scary wow. Like my ears were filled with so many screeches and deer/ dolphin noises.
✨I was literally blinded when Anatole Came on stage. Not by his beauty, by the lights. The lights burned my eyes out and that wasn’t the only time that happened to me.
✨As you can probably tell, Anatole is so extra. He looks at himself in the mirror a loooot.
✨The whole thing where they were at the club was WILD. Like I temporarily lost my vision. Everything was moving in slow motion because the lights were flashing so fast.
✨I was not prepared for all the glow in the dark ensemble members.
✨The ensemble members need soo much more love. They’re all so talented and they don’t get enough credit. I was getting sweaty just watching them dance. The people on the violins and the girl on the accordion who ran down the isle screaming during the ‘Opera’ (or the abduction I can’t remember) were all so good. I wouldn’t be able to move like that with a FRICKING ACCORDION in my hands.
✨After Dolokhov takes his shot at Pierre in the duel, Pierre stands there dramatically not moving and then after a minute he’s like ‘oh my god, I’m actually okay’ and he’s holding his heart.
✨Helene and Anatole kiss on the lips multiple times
✨During charming Helene literally walks into Natasha’s room when she is half clothed
✨Anatole and Natasha have complete silence as they make out for at least two minutes lol.
✨During Letters, they hand out a bunch of letters to the audience.
✨Dolokhov hands the ‘letter which he composed’ to the members in the very first row.
✨he has them pass it along the isle until it got to Natasha who was sitting on the stage waiting for the letter. She made the last guy who had it (he was really old) get up and walk it to her onstage and everyone applauded him.
✨Brittain Ashfords voice as Sonya gives me chills.
✨Sonya takes the letter from out of her hand when Natasha when she is sleeping
✨during preparations Dolokhov grabs Anatole by the neck and throws him down the stairs
✨During the Danatole Balaga Moment™ Dolokhov grabs Anatole'a jacket lapels and pulls him in to whisper in his ear. Anatole pulls back but Dolokhov pulls him back in to kiss him and they they break into dance and singing the song.
✨During the abduction, I clinked glasses with Helene 😉
✨Before he sings ‘here’s to… happiness freedom and life’ Pierre, is bent over trying to catch his breath. He starts to sing, but holds up his finger and wheezes some more. Then he sings
✨At the end of the Abduction when Anatole says ‘WAIT FIRST WE MUST SIT’ he pushed a women over in her seat and sat in the space he’d created.
✨The audience literally sat in silence for 30 seconds as Anatole sat with his head back and eyes closed (looking like he was having a frigging orgasm)
✨The he jumped up shrugged and was like 'okay’
✨You can’t put Anatoles extraness into words it’s like wow
✨Dolokhov mentions the fur coat and Anatole takes a purple fur shawl off of one of the violin players before kissing her really hard
✨Anatole and Dolokhov are literally just atop the stairs when the whole room goes red and Marya blinds everyone with her voice (Grace was amazing)
✨ Pierre is literally all over the stage running and saying 'find Anatole’
✨Natasha has a glass of water and she pours the arsenic into it before drinking it, screaming and running away
✨Sonya runs after her
✨Pierre and Natasha was so good, and Denee looked so fragile it was kinda sad
✨All the other cast members are sitting down while Pierre sings the Finale.
✨The comet is like a giant chandelier and it glows really brightly before the lights dim, marking the end of the show