SRU alumnus on crew of Tony-nominated musical


Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

May 2, 2017

Jeff Feola


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," an offbeat pop opera based on Tolstoy's "War and Peace," has been recognized with 12 Tony Award nominations, more than any other show. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m., June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Jeff Feola, a 2007 Slippery Rock University graduate with a bachelor's degree in theatre: acting, serves as associate company manager for the Broadway musical that opened Oct. 18 and stars Josh Groban and Denee Benton.

In his role, Feola is primarily responsible for managing payroll for the cast and crew and numerous other logistical concerns. He served in the same capacity for a number of other productions, including off-Broadway versions of "Natasha" and "39 Steps."

Feola has served as a producer as well, including for the 2012 Broadway production of "Grace" which starred Paul Rudd.

"The Great Comet" earned nominations for best musical; best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical (Groban); best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical (Benton); best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical (Lucas Steele); best score; best book of a musical; best direction of a musical (Rachel Chavkin); best choreography; best orchestrations; best costume design in a musical; best scenic design in a musical; and best lighting design of a musical.

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