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Alumnae Amy Marsico backstage at the Tony-nominated prodution

Alumnae Amy Marsico is in Tony Awards mode. As assistant stage manager she has worked on celebrated Broadway shows, including 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.'

Photo courtesy of: Amy Marsico

Josh Groban and the cast in 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.'

Josh Groban and the cast of 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.'

Photographer: Chad Batka

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Alumna Amy Marsico works behind the scenes on the Tony Award-nominated musical 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,' created by OHIO alumnus Dave Malloy.

Alumna Amy Marsico will be painting the town red this week. Russian red that is.

As the assistant stage manager for the musical, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” she is in full Tony-season mode, preparing the cast and crew for events in anticipation to the Tony Awards this Sunday.

“There's a lot of events that we have been doing leading up to the Tony Awards such as 'Good Morning America' and the 'Today' shows. That took extra rehearsals to try to conceive and present something that was very specific to those television shows. Now we are gearing up for our Tony Awards presentation. We've been rehearsing quite a bit for that,” said Marsico, BFA ’93.

Though she knows what the Tony Awards performance at Radio City Music Hall will be, she could not divulge any details, only to say: “Tune in. It’s going to be a really special performance.”

In case you haven’t heard, “Comet” is a modern opera adapted from a 70-page section of Tolstoy's “War and Peace.” It opened on Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in November 2016. It debuted at the Ars Nova theater in New York City in 2012.

Written and composed by Ohio University alumnus Dave Malloy, BFA ’98, it is a dizzying love story that takes place in Moscow. It has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including best musical and features Josh Groban and Dénee Benton in the main cast.

Marsico’s Tony Award-winning shows include "War Horse" in 2011 and "Matilda the Musical" in 2013.

Her Tony-day schedule Sunday will be back-to-back packed.

“You’re basically working the whole day,” she said. But “It’s the Tony! It is once a year and it’s exciting.” She added that the adrenaline keeps her going, and knowing there is a can’t-miss party afterward.  

Marsico is not only proud of the production, but proud to be working with Malloy and alumnus Michael Wilhoite, BFA ’98, also assistant stage manager.

“There’s two of us on the stage management team from OU,” she said.

During her time at OHIO, she realized that she preferred being behind the scenes, rather than acting on the main stage.

Through the University she secured an internship with the Director’s Company in New York City her senior year.

“That changed my life in such a meaningful way,” she said.

It exposed her to legendary Broadway director Harold Prince, who has won 21 Tony Awards. After she graduated she interned with Prince.

She described stage management as “creating an environment where creative people can do their very best work and supporting creative people to collaborate successfully on a project.”

Her résumé includes some of the most memorable national touring theatrical productions and Broadway shows, from “Cats,” “Titanic”, and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Compared to the other productions, “Comet” is a “completely unique experience,” she said. An immersive show that has the Imperial Theatre draped in red velvet and accentuated with gold, it is a visual feast for the eyes and ears.

“There's three playing spaces in our show. There's action that happens on the stage, in the house and in the mezzanine. Sometimes there's groups of people in three different locations so there's simultaneous things happening. You could actually come back and see the show multiple times and never see everything,” she said.