NEW YORK (AP) - What do you get when you take a 70-page melodrama at the center of "War and Peace" and turn it into a musical? Now layer dance music onto the traditional Russian folk music. Now put it in a tent. While you're at it, throw in a meal and strobe lights.
What you get is the thrilling and yet cluttered musical "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" - a feast for the senses and an assault at the same time. Dinner theater has never seemed as un-dusty.