Multi-platinum recording artist Ingrid Michaelson will join the cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the epic-scale musical on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, beginning July 3. She co-stars with Tony nominated Denée Benton as Natasha and the Pierre of Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, and who will be replacing departing star Josh Groban.

Michaelson will be performing the role from July 3 to August 15, while Brittain Ashford, who originated the role of Sonya, takes a temporary leave from the show. Ashford will return to The Great Comet on August 16.

Ingrid Michaelson as Sonya.
Nathan Johnson

Born in New York City and raised by her mother, a sculptor, and her father, a classical composer, Michaelson graduated college with a degree in musical theater and was touring the country in a theater troupe that she began to write her own songs, which would connect with millions. Her music is released on her own label, Cabin 24 Records, which has sold over one million albums and 10 million singles to date including her Platinum singles, “The Way I Am,” “Girls Chase Boys” and brand new hit, “Celebrate” featuring AJR.

Last month, Michaelson released “Alter Egos,” an EP featuring duets with Sara Bareilles, AJR, John Paul White, Tegan and Sara and Lucius and announced a deal to develop and star in a semi-autobiographical comedy for Hulu. Tomorrow at the LA Film Festival, she will make her film debut in Humor Me, Sam Hoffman’s directorial debut, alongside Elliott Gould, Jemaine Clement, Bebe Neuwirth, Erich Bergen and Annie Potts.