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Toronto: “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” is extended again – now to March 10 – and “Dana H.” venue is changed

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

It is with profound excitement that Crow’s Theatre announces a further extension of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, and the transfer of DANA H. to Factory Theatre.

Now running 15 weeks, this seventh extension cements THE GREAT COMET’s position as the longest running and most successful show in Crow’s Theatre history. To date, 17,000 patrons have, or are booked to, attend the show. So far, the cast and crew have performed “musical theatre at its finest” (Toronto Star) 77 times, with this new extension bringing the total of shows to 106.

Due to other commitments, Louise Pitre, Marcus Nance, and Lawrence Libor will be leaving the show after the February 18 performance. Donna Garner from the ensemble and Marya D. understudy will take on the role full time; Ben Carlson who stepped in as Pierre during previews will perform the roles of Andrey and Bolkonsky; and Tyler Pearse, assistant choreographer, will appear as Dolokhov.

Due to the ongoing rapturous response to NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, Crow’s Theatre has taken great measures to ensure the continuation of the runaway hit while also presenting the highly anticipated Tony Award-winning play DANA H. by Lucas Hnath. Fortuitously, the Factory Theatre was available for the same dates DANA H. was booked at Streetcar Crowsnest.

“It is a critically acclaimed Broadway oddity that theatre connoisseurs are most looking forward to setting their eyes (and ears) on. Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., having its Canadian premiere at Crow’s Theatre in Toronto (March 12 to April 7) is based around real-life recordings of an interview with a chaplain in a psychiatric ward who was held captive by a patient for five months in Florida; an actor, Jordan Baker in Toronto, lip-synchs along with precision. The original creative team is coming up, and it’s another coup by Crow’s to have landed this before London did.” –The Globe and Mail

The praised and celebrated docu-play DANA H. by Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2, The Christians) arrives in Toronto following a triumphant Broadway run and subsequent US tour. The show’s dialogue is culled from days of interviewing and recording Dana Higginbotham telling her story and reconstructed for the stage by Hnath.

Audiences will hear Dana Higginbotham describe her experience in her own voice and watch, mesmerized, as American actor Jordan Baker (NYC: Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer; Broadway standby for Dana H.) embodies Higginbotham and lip-syncs the entire 75-minute audiotape.

This presentation of DANA H. is a rare chance to see a production as it was originally conceived for Broadway, in Toronto. The entire design will be replicated under the watchful eye of the original creative team, including director Les Waters (NYC: In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play), to bring you a highly theatrical, deeply intimate exploration of good, evil, and – ultimately – of grace.

“Brilliant! One of the richest, most complete works of theater to come along in many seasons. Critic’s Pick” The New York Times

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Crow’s Theatre presents the

Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Vineyard Theatre production of


Written by Lucas Hnath

Adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson

Directed by Les Waters

Scenic Design by Andrew Boyce

Costume Design by Janice Pytel

Lighting & Supertitle Design by Paul Toben

Sound Design by Mikhail Fiksel

Illusion & Lip Sync Consultant Steve Cuiffo

Starring Jordan Baker as Dana H.

March 12 to April 7, 2024

Opening Night: Friday, March 15, 2024


Factory Theatre, Mainspace Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide Street

Canadian Premiere

DANA H. runs Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, and Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:30pm.

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A Crow’s Theatre and The Musical Stage Company Co-Production


Music, Lyrics, Book, & Orchestrations by Dave Malloy

Adapted from the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Choreography by Ray Hogg

Music Direction by Ryan deSouza

Directed by Chris Abraham

With, up to February 18th: Divine Brown, Evan Buliung, Rita Dottor, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Donna Garner, Hailey Gillis, George Krissa, Lawrence Libor, Marcus Nance, Heeyun Park 박희윤, Andrew Penner, Louise Pitre, Brendan Wall

With, after February 20th: Divine Brown, Evan Buliung, Ben Carlson, Rita Dottor, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Donna Garner, Hailey Gillis, George Krissa, Heeyun Park 박희윤, Tyler Pearse, Andrew Penner, Brendan Wall

Co-Set and Props Designers Julie Fox and Josh Quinlan

Costume Designer Ming Wong

Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell

Sound Designer Ryan Borshuk


Guloien Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue at Dundas Street East

Canadian Premiere

NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 runs Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, and Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:30pm

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Tickets can be purchased for both shows at, by calling 647.341.7390, via email at, or in person at the box office, 345 Carlaw Avenue (at Dundas Street East).

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no performances on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23

EXTRA SHOW ADDED: Sunday, February 24 @ 7:30pm