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Pierre Bezukhov from Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Pierre Bezukhov is one of the protagonists in the electropop opera Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Based on a part of Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace, the musicalĀ revolves around the affair between Natasha Rostova and Anatole Kuragin. Meanwhile, Pierre is a social outcast with a heavy drinking problem. As described in the song “Pierre,” he is rich and unhappily married to Anatole’s sister, Helene. He suffers from depression, but he wants to get better. Pierre plays a crucial part in resolving the consequences of the affair. After comforting Natasha and gaining her affection, he sees the Great Comet of 1812 streak across the sky, resulting in his spiritual awakening. Singer Josh Groban is known for playing this role on Broadway, though Dave Malloy, the composer and lyricist, originated it.