Schools of the Stars: Where The Great Comet Cast and Creators Went to College

News   Schools of the Stars: Where The Great Comet Cast and Creators Went to College Where the cast and creative team of the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 pursued their college studies.
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Denée Benton and Brittain Ashford Chad Batka

What does it take to write, create or star in a Broadway musical? Hard work, talent, luck—all backed up by a good education. You have to supply the first three yourself, but PlaybillEDU™ can help you find the fourth.

Here is a rundown on where the cast and production team of the new Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 pursued their college studies. Visit PlaybillEDU.com to learn how you can follow in their footsteps. Individual school listings on the site are linked below.

Cast List:
Denée Benton (Natasha): Carnegie Mellon University
Josh Groban (Pierre): Carnegie Mellon University (Did not graduate)
Brittain Ashford (Sonya): University of Washington, Seattle
Gelsey Bell (Mary/Opera Singer/Maidservant): Lehigh University & New York University
Nicholas Belton (Andrey/Bolkonsky): College Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati)
Nick Choksi (Dolokhov): The Juilliard School
Amber Gray (Hélène): New York University
Grace McLean (Marya D.): New York University
Lucas Steele (Anatole): University of the Arts
Paul Pinto (Balaga/Servant/Opera Singer): Carnegie Mellon University
Sumayya Ali (Ensemble): Spelman College & New England Conservatory
Courtney Bassett (Ensemble): Point Park University
Josh Canfield (Ensemble): Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Ken Clark (Ensemble): University of Miami
Erica Dorfler (Ensemble): University of Miami
Lulu Fall (Ensemble): Michigan State University
Ashley Pérez Flanagan (Ensemble): Elon University
Paloma Garcia-Lee (Ensemble): North Carolina School of the Arts
Nick Gaswirth (Ensemble): University of Michigan
Alex Gibson(Ensemble): New York University
Billy Joe Kiessling (Ensemble): New York University
Mary Spencer Knapp (Ensemble): Bard College
Reed Luplau (Ensemble): Australian Ballet School
Brandt Martinez (Ensemble): Spisak Dance Academy
Andrew Mayer (Ensemble): Boston University, Manhattan School of Music & LAMDA
Azudi Onyejekwe (Ensemble): New York University
Pearl Rhein (Ensemble): Ball State University & University of California, San Diego
Heath Saunders (Ensemble): University of Miami
Ani Taj (Ensemble): New York University
Cathryn Wake (Ensemble): Pace University & LAMDA
Katrina Yaukey (Ensemble): Penn State University & Berklee College of Music
Lauren Zakrin (Ensemble): Western Michigan University
Scott Stangland (Standby for Pierre): Roosevelt University

Production Credits:
Dave Malloy (Book, Music & Lyrics): University of Colorado at Boulder & Ohio University
Rachel Chavkin (Director): New York University & Columbia University
Sonny Paladino (Music Supervision): City College of New York/CUNY
Or Matias (Music Director) The Juilliard School & New York University
John Miller (Music Coordinator): University of Michigan
Mimi Lien (Scenic Design): Yale University & New York University
Paloma H. Young (Costume Design): University of California, San Diego
Bradley James King (Lighting Design): New York University
Nicholas Pope (Sound Design): Yale University
Leah Loukas (Hair & Wig Design): College Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati)
Karyn Meek (Production State Manager): Stephens College & University of Missouri-Kansas City
Brian Bogin (Stage Manager): Illinois Wesleyan University

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