Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, based on the author's War and Peace) and the mind of Rachmaninoff (Preludes). With his latest project, Beardo, he returns to a heady Russian subject: the charismatic womanizer, healer, and spiritual advisor to the Romanovs, Rasputin. Though first staged in 2011, Beardo has been reworked for its New York premiere, with new music and an additional character to boot. Also contributing to the devotional atmosphere: This Russian indie-rock musical, with book and lyrics by Jason Craig and direction by Ellie Heyman, is a site-specific performance inside a working Greenpoint church, pipe organ and all. Sexy, twisted, and mysterious, the legend of Rasputin gets a further imaginative boost here with the presence of the bewitching Damon Daunno (Hadestown) in the lead; he's likely to cast more than just one spell on audiences.
The composer Dave Malloy has made music from the pages of Tolstoy (