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Breaking News: Annie Potts to Join Cast PIPPIN as 'Berthe'; Tovah Feldshuh to Depart on 1/19

The producers of the Tony Award winning Pippin just announced that Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Annie Potts ("Designing Women," God of Carnage) will assume the role of "Berthe" in the production beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh will play her final performance in the role on Sunday, January 19th. Pippin is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).

Annie Potts made her Broadway debut in Yasmina Reza's Tony Award winning black comedy God of Carnage and has appeared off-Broadway in The Vagina Monologues,Diva, Love Letters, Charley's Aunt, The Merchant of Venice, A Little Night Music, Cymbeline and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Most recently she received rave reviews for her performance of a distraught wife dealing with her husband's suicide in Aftermath, which received the LA Times' Critics Choice Ovation Recommendation. Ms. Potts returned to series television in the ABC drama "GCB." Her character on the show 'Gigi' ranked among the many iconic female roles Potts has created including 'Mary Jo Shively' from "Designing Women." Her work in "Love & War" garnered her an Emmy nomination and with "Any Day Now" she scored two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. She has also played recurring or guest star roles on "Law & Order: SVU," "Huff," "Joan of Arcadia," "Men in Trees," "Ugly Betty," "Two and a Half Men" and "Boston Legal." Potts also starred in the Hallmark movies, "The Music Teacher" and "Freshman Father" along with "Marry Me" for Lifetime. Her film credits include Ghostbusters I & II, Pretty in Pink, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Who's Harry Crumb?, King of the Gypsies and Corvette Summer for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Additionally she voiced the memorable 'Bo Peep' in the first two Toy Story films.

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 Matthew James Thomas as Pippin, Tony Award winner Patina Miller as Leading Player, Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann as Charles, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh as Berthe. Other members of the company include Erik Altemus, Colin Cunliffe, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Viktoria Grimmy, Sabrina Harper, Kelsey Jamieson, Preston Jamieson, Olga Karmansky, Richard Maguire, Luke Kolbe Mannikus, Gabrielle McClinton, Bethany Moore, Brad Musgrove, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Molly Tynes, Anthony Wayne, Ashton Woerz, Florian Zumkehr.

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