Walk into the Imperial Theater at 249 W. 45th St. and ooh and ahh over how they transformed it into a Russian opera house with chandeliers and seating right on stage for this techno-rock-opera of WAR AND PEACE. Waiter serve you perogies and vodka if you sit there. But actors come around and throw perogies to the crowds as well. So even if you’re in the nosebleed section as I was, you might catch a treat. But the treat is the show. JOSH GROBAN as Pierre is superb in his first Broadway show. DENEE BENTON is also making her Broadway debut and soon she’ll own it. BRITTAIN ASHFORD’S performance as Natasha’s good and true friend, Sonya, did a heartbreaking solo, “Sonya Alone.”
When the final curtain came down, everyone was on their feet, clapping and cheering. And it didn’t end there. Wherever I went, I ran into people who saw me with the program and began enthusiastic conversations. A woman in the restaurant where I ate told me that she works at Carnegie Mellon where Josh Groban used to go to school. She said that she’d listen to him sing whenever she could and now she follows him wherever he appears, and brings friends.
Tickets are going fast. This is going to be a HUGE hit. It’s groundbreaking.