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Broadway’s Ali Ewoldt and Kevin Earley Lead PTC’s ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812’—Meet the Full Cast & Creative Team

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the Utah premiere of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 from May 10-25, 2024. The Tony-nominated musical by Dave Malloy is described as follows:

The much-anticipated Utah premiere of a recent Broadway favorite! Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is an electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. 

This award-winning musical, with its daring score and bold storytelling, is one of the most requested titles from PTC audiences in recent memory and will be presented in an immersive format never before seen at PTC!

The Cast

Leading the cast are PTC alum Kevin Earley* (Sweeney Todd in PTC’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Les Miserables and Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) as Pierre and PTC newcomer Ali Ewoldt* (Christine in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Miserables) as Natasha.

Also featured in the cast are PTC alumni
Lucy Anders* (The Prom; Hello, Dolly!) as Princess Mary and Opera Singer; Ginger Bess* (The Rocky Horror Show, Rent) as Hélène; Lenny Daniel* (The Prom, A Christmas Story—The Musical) as Ensemble, Dance Captain, and Associate Director; Mary Fanning Driggs* (Bonnie & Clyde, Elf the Musical) as Marya and Accordion; Edward Juvier* (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Broadway’s Les Miserables) playing dual roles of Balaga and Bolkonsky; and Tyler Symone* (Christmas in Connecticut, A Christmas Story—The Musical) as Ensemble.

Making their respective PTC debuts are Melanie Fernandez* (Ariel in Slow Burn Theatre’s The Little Mermaid) as Sonya; Justin Luciano* (Quasimodo in Tuacahn’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as Dolokhov and Guitar; Aleks Pevec* (Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can, Evita—and many others) as Anatole; and Troy Valjean Rucker* (Off-Broadway’s Romeo and Bernadette) as Ensemble and Clarinet.

Also returning to PTC is Ensemble member James Wong (The Rocky Horror Show). Making their PTC debuts are Evan K. Beesley (Cabaret and The Lightning Thief at the U’s Babcock Theatre) as Ensemble and Violin; Bennett Chew (Utah Opera’s The Revolution of Steve Jobs) as Andrey and Opera Singer; Faith Driggs as Ensemble and Violin/Viola; Alison Hagen (Cabaret and The Lightning Thief at the U’s Babcock Theatre) as Ensemble and Accordion; Cameron Nies (Broadway Palm’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Ensemble and Guitar; Natalie Ruthven (The U’s Into the Woods and The Tempest) as Ensemble; and Jazmin Viquez (West Side Story at West Valley Arts) as Ensemble and Violin.

The Creative Team

PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg directs and choreographs Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Earlier this season, Azenberg directed/choreographed The Rocky Horror Show, choreographed Christmas in Connecticut, and directed the inaugural production in the brand-new Meldrum Theatre—The Lehman Trilogy.

Azenberg is joined on the Creative Team by Musical Director/Conductor Phil Reno (The Prom and Putting It Together); Scenic Designer Jo Winiarski Native Gardens, The Prom); Costume Designer Patrick Holt (The Prom, Something Rotten!); Lighting Designer Paul Miller (Sweeney Todd, Mamma Mia!); Sound Designer Aaron Hubbard (Bonnie & ClydeThe Rocky Horror Show); Hair & Makeup Designer Tami Lee Thompson (Bonnie & ClydeAgatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express); and Dramaturg Alexandra Harbold (The Lehman Trilogy, What the Constitution Means to Me). Lenny Daniel (The Rocky Horror Show, The Prom) is Associate Director and James O. Hansen* is Production Stage Manager.


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 plays the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre from May 10-25, 2024. Tickets are now on sale via the link below or by calling the Pioneer Theatre Company Box Office at 801-581-6961. Tickets for patrons in grades K-12 are half-price Monday through Thursday.

NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals

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