Charming: An Analysis of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”
Music and Performing Arts, College of
Theatre and Dance, Department of
BURS Faculty Advisor
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, a musical adaptation by Dave Malloy of a 70-page sliver of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, is an intense dissection of what it means to age and how our immediate surroundings can blind us to the world outside of ourselves through the eyes of Russian aristocracy during the War of 1812. In this essay, the development of these themes through the plot, characters, and language is explained using the scholarly practice of play analysis in order to illustrate the intricate hand with which this brilliant musical explores youth, love, and life.
Martinez, Gabi, "Charming: An Analysis of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”" (2021). Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS). 164.