Andrea Martin Returns to Tony Award-Winning Role in Broadway's PIPPIN Tonight
The Tony Award winning Best Revival of a Musical PIPPIN welcomes back Andrea Martin, who won 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the role of "Berthe" in the production, for 24 performances only, today, September 2nd, through Sunday September 21st. PIPPIN is now in its second smash year at Broadway's Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).
Two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin appeared on the New York stage most recently in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Act One, winning an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance. Her other theatre credits include Exit the King, Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma, Candide and My Favorite Year, for which she won her first Tony Award. Her film and TV credits include The Producers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All Over the Guy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Breaking Upwards, and "SCTV," for which she earned two Emmy Awards. She will next be seen on screen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, released this fall. Her book of autobiographical essays "Andrea Martin's Lady Parts" will be released by Harper Collins in September.
Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's Tony Award winning musical comedy PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).
The current cast features Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renée as Leading Player, Tony Award winner John Dossett as Charles, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Emmy and Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez as Berthe. Other members of the company include Erik Altemus, Eli Tokash, Ashton Woerz, Sascha Bachman, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Colin Cunliffe, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Fitch, Sabrina Harper, Lauren Joy Herley, Nael Jamal, Nicolas Jelmoni, Sam Lips, Bethany Moore, Brad Musgrove, Charlotte O'Sullivan, Masha Terentieva, Molly Tynes, and Anthony Wayne.
PIPPIN is the recipient of the 2013 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Andrea Martin) and Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus). The production also led the winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards with 7 wins including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Diane Paulus), Outstanding Choreographer (Chet Walker), Outstanding Lighting Design (Kenneth Posner), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Andrea Martin). PIPPIN received the Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and two Fred and Adele Astaire Awards including Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show (Chet Walker) and Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show (Charlotte d'Amboise).
With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award nominee Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.
Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his "corner of the sky." The original production ofPIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN made its debut at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director; December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."
PIPPIN will launch a US national tour this month at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colo. Productions are also planned for London, Australia and Amsterdam in 2015. The New Broadway Cast Recording for PIPPIN is now available on Ghostlight Records.