Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Photograph: Chad BatkaNatasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
  • Theater | Broadway
  • price 4 of 4
  • Midtown West

Imperial Theatre

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Time Out says

Built in 1923 by the Shuberts, the Imperial seats 1,443 and has been the venue for many a historic musical, including Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver! and Pippin. The Imperial’s recessed ceiling and wall panels feature floral and geometric motifs. It is currently home to the Russian-themed Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.

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249 W 45th St
New York
Cross street:
between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Transport:
Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
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