Bursting through the doors of the Imperial Theatre in Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is a lot different than doing the same at Ars Nova, where the show originated in a small basement space. And Lucas Steele has been making an entrance as Anatole, the scheming love interest of the titular heroice, since the scrappy, Off-Broadway days with the show. He moved with the musical to the custom tent in the Meatpacking District to American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., to Broadway, where the show has garnered 12 Tony Award nominations including one for best featured actor in a musical for Steele.
Here, Steele answers Broadway Style Guide‘s rapid-fire questions.
Beer or Cocktail?
Velvet or Tweed?
Cash, Credit Card, or Venmo?
Sneakers or Chelsea Boots?
Wallet or Card Holder?
Wet or Electric Shave?
Traditional Tux or White Dinner Jacket?
White dinner jacket
Town Car or Taxi?
Denim or Leather?
Nothing goes better together.
New York or Los Angeles?
Both—for very different reasons.
Paris or London?
I’ve only been to one…so Paris is winning.
Musical or Play?
Beyoncé or Adele?
Adele covering Beyoncé
Favorite New York bar?
Oban scotch with one cube.
Favorite thing to collect?
Nothing. I have no use for clutter.
Best lesson you’ve learned from a mistake you’ve made?
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.
The one thing you must achieve on a first date?
What would you tell your younger self at this moment in your life?
Please check out the letter to my younger self I wrote for Backstage called “I Know.”
What movie changed your life?
What book have you read more than once?
Call Me By Your Name
Not leaving the apartment
If you don’t feel good in it, don’t wear it.
New York City
Styled by Kayla Foster
Style assistant Allegra Levy
Grooming by Austin Thornton
Clothes by Nicholas K, Jeff Cafone, Mavi Jeans, Maxime Hernandez
Shoes by Noah Waxman