Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)


Charming: An Analysis of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”

Publication Date

Winter 12-2021


Music and Performing Arts, College of


Theatre and Dance, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Carla Lahey

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


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.