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Countess Natalya "Natasha/Natalie" Ilyinichna Rostova
Played by: Phillipa Soo (Off-Broadway), Denee Benton (OBC)
- Natasha is young
She loves Andrey with all her heart
The show's heroine, and the romantic and spirited daughter of a Russian count. She is engaged to Andrey at the beginning of the story.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Natasha waits for Andrey to return home from the war, but gradually forgets about him as she gets more and more involved with Anatole.
- Break the Cutie: What happens to Natasha, courtesy of Anatole's loose affections. She starts the musical as The Ingenue, ends it recuperating from a suicide attempt.
- Defiled Forever: Sonya and Marya D. are extremely concerned about what will happen to Natasha's reputation if her affair with Anatole is discovered. And they were right to be worried. Pierre has to do some damage control in the middle of his search for Anatole, reassuring gossipers that nothing happened, Andrey refuses to forgive her, and Natasha becomes convinced that her life is over — though Pierre comforts her by saying he'd marry her if he weren't already married.
- Driven to Suicide: Poor Natasha, after losing both of her lovers, swallows some arsenic. She survives, though, and by the end of the show she's regained a little hope for the future.
- The Ingenue: Like in the novel. She's hopelessly in love with Andrey and easily believes Anatole and Helene have her best intentions in mind. She also has difficulty distinguishing between love and attraction, as she is convinced that she must have been wrong about loving Andrey after she kisses Anatole and likes it, and further, is convinced that being in love with Anatole must mean he's a good person.
- Love at First Sight: Natasha falls hard for Anatole the moment she sees him. It doesn't end well.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Natasha catches a major case of this. Not once does she think that perhaps there's a shady reason for a young man in reasonably good social standing to want to elope with her, rather than courting her legitimately. Sonya and Marya D. both point out that something must be up, but she insists that Anatole has good reasons. She doesn't know what they are, but they're good! (Anatole, for his part, only escapes this by virtue of not actually being in love with her.)
- Slut-Shaming: Natasha gets a lot of this in the second act, but eventually the other characters realize that Anatole lied to her and led her on, and shift the blame to him. Though Andrey can't bring himself to forgive a "fallen woman" — after all, he never claimed that he himself would be able to absolve such a lady.
Count Pyotr "Pierre/Peter" Kirillovich Bezukhov
Played by: Dave Malloy (Off-Broadway), Josh Groban (OBC)
- And what about Pierre?
Dear bewildered awkward Pierre...
Natasha's old friend. Pierre is one of Russia's richest men and married to the beauteous Hélène, but is unhappy and seeks a higher purpose.
- Adorkable: The lyrics describe him as "dear, bewildered, and awkward".
- Author Avatar: Pierre is a weird example. Dave Malloy didn't create the original character, but for the first run of the show, he played the part himself, and it feels written for him in many ways.
- Badass Bookworm: Pierre prefers reading at home than going to social events. That said, he wounds Dolokhov in a duel and terrifies Anatole into leaving Moscow for good.
- Did Not Get the Girl: An unusual example. Toward the end of the show, Pierre awkwardly confesses that if he weren't married to Hélène — and if he felt that he were good enough — he would propose to Natasha himself. Natasha is intensely touched and grateful, but nothing further happens between them. However, if you've read the book, you know that they will eventually be Happily Married.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Pierre at the rave is drinking instead of socializing.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Pierre, from time to time, will consider himself unworthy of his situation in life.
- "I Am" Song: "Pierre," which establishes how Pierre is at a crossroads in his life and feels lost in the shallow complacency of the Moscow elite.Pierre: I'm different from you! I still want to do something...!
- Love Epiphany: During "Pierre and Natasha", Pierre realises that he is in love with Natasha, and confesses that if he weren't already married and worthy of her, he'd gladly marry her. The whole thing is emphasised by the music ceasing and Pierre speaking, not singing, the words.
- Nice Guy: Pierre is a total sweetheart, especially when he shows desperately-needed compassion and kindness to Natasha in "Pierre and Natasha".
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Pierre to Anatole during "Pierre and Anatole". However, Anatole being Anatole, it doesn't stick, and Pierre forgoes pressing the point in favor of getting Anatole to comply with his damage control plan.Pierre: After all, you must understand/that besides your pleasure/there's such a thing as other people/and their happiness and peace/and that you are ruining a whole life/for the sake of amusing yourself!
Sofya "Sonya" Alexandrovna Rostova
Played by: Brittain Ashford
- Sonya is good
Natashas cousin and closest friend
Natasha's orphaned cousin, who has been living with the Rostovs since childhood, and her best friend and confidant.
- Declaration of Protection: "Sonya Alone", in which Sonya vows to do whatever she can to save Natasha from ruin and heartbreak."I will stand in the dark for you
I will hold you back by force
I will stand here right outside your door
I wont see you disgraced"
- Quizzical Tilt: Sonya's reaction after the first act of "The Opera".
- Undying Loyalty: Sonya to Natasha, even when Natasha scorns her for not approving of her relationship with Anatole.
Prince Anatole Vasilyevich Kuragin
Played by: Lucas Steele
- Anatole is hot
He spends his money on women and wine
Pierre's brother-in-law, a hedonistic and charming soldier whose attraction to Natasha spurs the show's plot.
- The Casanova: Anatole, who seduces another man's fiancee despite being married himself. He's even introduced as spending his money on "women and wine."
- Composite Character: In the novel, Pierre's second during his duel with Dolokhov is Nikolai, Natasha's brother. This role is given to Anatole in the musical.
- It's All About Me: When Pierre lays down his "The Reason You Suck" Speech, pointing out how badly he hurt Natasha for the sake of a fling, Anatole's only reaction is to say that it wasn't his fault and demand Pierre apologize for calling him a scoundrel.
- Obliviously Evil: Anatole doesn't actually mean to hurt any of the people that he injures — he's just so completely thoughtless he doesn't consider how his actions impact other people. However, played with in that he is deliberately thoughtless. "Don't speak to me of that!" is practically his catchphrase whenever someone tries to tell him about the consequences of his actions.
- Shotgun Wedding: Anatole wouldn't even have a wife if not for a certain Polish heiress's father finding out about their dalliance.
Countess Hélène Vasilyevna Bezukhova (nee Kuragina)
Played by: Amber Grey
- Hélène is a slut
Anatole's sister, married to Pierre
Pierre's wife — they don't get on. In addition to sleeping around behind Pierre's back, Hélène encourages Anatole's pursuit of Natasha for her own amusement.
- Alto Villainess: Unlike soprano heroine Natasha, Hélène sings in the lower register and encourages her infidelity.
- Dramatic Necklace Removal: Hélène removes Natasha's necklace (a parting gift from Andrey) during "Charming".
- It Amused Me: Helene enables Anatole's seduction of Natasha despite knowing that he's married and she's engaged, because it's fun.
- Villain Song: "Charming", for Hélène.
Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova
Played by: Grace McLean
- Marya is old-school, a grande dame of Moscow
Natashas godmother, strict yet kind
An older relative of the Rostovs who is protective of her beloved goddaughter Natasha.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: From "Moscow":Marya: My goddaughter, my favorite Natasha...I will touch you on the cheek!
- Anger Born of Worry: "In My House" is Marya D. shouting at Natasha and calling her a hussy — because she's justifiably concerned about her and what would have happened if they'd managed to elope.
- Dissonant Serenity: Marya D. (as played by Grace McLean) begins her scolding of Natasha during "In My House" with a smile on her face, albeit one that looks like she's speaking through clenched teeth.
Fyodor "Fedya" Ivanovich Dolokhov
Played by: Nick Choksi
- Dolokhov is fierce, but not too important
Anatole's friend, a crazy good shot
Anatole's friend and Hélène's lover, who is a cruel soldier.
- The Cassandra: Dolokhov tries to tell Anatole that the elopement is a stupid idea.
- Memetic Badass: In-Universe. At the opera, he's called "The Assassin", as his reputation as a soldier precedes him.
- Playing Cyrano: Played with. Anatole is no shrinking violet, but he does have Dolokhov write his love-letters for him.
Prince Andrey Nikolayevich Bolkonsky
Played by: Blake DeLong (Off-Broadway), Nicholas Belton (OBC)
- And Andrey isn't here...
Pierre's good friend and Natasha's fiance, who is away at war for most of the story.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Maybe. Although not being able to forgive Natasha for her infidelity isn't necessarily wrong, he admits that a good man would do it. Pierre notices that "he smiled like his father, coldly, maliciously".
- Hero of Another Story: He is one of the major protagonists in War and Peace, yet is quite out of focus here, given the setting of the story.
Prince Nikolay Andreevitch Bolkonsky and Princess Mary Bolkonskaya
Old Prince Bolkonsky played by: Blake DeLong (Off-Broadway), Nicholas Belton (OBC)
Mary played by: Gelsey Bell
- Old Prince Bolkonsky is crazy
And Mary is plain
Andrey's dysfunctional family, comprised of his father Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky, a senile veteran, and his sister Princess Mary, their father's long-suffering spinster caretaker.
- Abusive Parents: Old Prince Bolkonsky towards Princess Mary, of the emotional/psychological and possibly physical variety.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Bolkonskys, comprising a senile father, a put-upon sister, and Andrey himself. Lampshaded at the start of the musical by the character introductions.Andrey's family, totally messed up.
- Evil Old Folks: Old Prince Bolkonsky may not be strictly speaking evil, but he is nasty, unpleasant, and abusive towards his daughter.
- Meet the In-Laws: "Natasha & Bolkonskys" is all about this, and the meeting doesn't go very well. Natasha and Mary dislike each other on sight, and Old Prince Bolkonsky is incredibly rude and nasty to his future daughter-in-law.
- Minor Character, Major Song: They only really play a large part in the beginning but an entire song is devoted to the family dynamic and Natasha meeting them.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: They're not technically in-laws yet, but Natasha's first meeting with her fiance's family goes very poorly. Their nasty treatment of her is one of the reasons she grows more attracted to Anatole. However, to Mary's credit, she does try to patch things up. By the end of the show, Natasha's engagement to Andrey is broken, meaning they won't be her in-laws anyway.note
- And Balaga's just for fun!
A famous troika driver.
- Drives Like Crazy: He drives his passengers while drunk, has his horses run at full gallop through crowded streets, and boasts that he'll run down anyone who doesn't get out of the way when they see him coming.
- Minor Character, Major Song: Indeed, Balaga's just for fun, and gets a whole song to himself.