Denee Benton is known to “UnREAL” fans as Ruby, the Black Lives Matter activist and “Everlasting” contestant who has unapologetically been herself and made a huge impact in the season 2 finale of “UnREAL.” Benton is now heading to Broadway to show the world even more of her talent.
In October, Benton will star with Josh Groban in the musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” and she will play Natasha. The play is adapted from a section of the literary work War and Peace. Composer Dave Malloy has taken 70 pages from the novel that focuses on Natasha’s affair with Anatole, a handsome officer. The fact that Natasha is newly engaged makes the story even more interesting. Pierre, played by Groban, watches as Natasha and Anatole from being friends to something more. The show is already proving to be a success.
This isn’t the first time “The Great Comet” has made an appearance on stage. The play debuted at Ars Nova theater back in 2012, and Philippa Soo played the role of Natasha. The show had a sold-out run. The play was in a number of New York locations before moving to the American Repertory Theater in Boston–the place where Benton took over as Natasha. During the play’s Broadway production, theatergoers can see the masterpiece at the Imperial Theater in New York, where Rachel Chavkin will direct the show once again.
“The Great Comet” also has an impressive stage design. Playbill states that the 2012 production featured platforms and runways that were positioned among members of the audience. Some of the audience members were seated at tables in the center of the action. The Imperial Theater will incorporate this innovative staging as well. There won’t be traditional seating with an orchestra and mezzanine. Variety even reported that the play feels like a wild and crazy night in the city of Moscow, which is yet another reason why people are excited to witness this creative theatrical experience.