‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812’ Onstage at CMU (Wed., 4/20/22)

NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (musical) by Dave Malloy. Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Through April 23.

A musical based on Tolstoy’s War and Peace?!? Relax. Unlike Les Miz, which crams an entire epic novel onto the stage, this rousing show samples only one part of Tolstoy’s rambling saga. Furthermore, by mixing Slavic folk airs with indie beats and sly self-referential humor, writer-composer Dave Malloy has created what he calls an electropop opera. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 became an instant cult hit when it premiered off-Broadway ten years ago. Now Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama presents the musical free of charge, directed by Tomé Cousin with music direction by Rick Edinger. To reserve free seats, contact the box office starting at noon on the business day before the performance you wish to attend. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is in The Chosky Theater on the Carnegie Mellon campus. 8 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland.