Breaking News: Sasha Allen to Star as 'Leading Player' in PIPPIN Tour!
This just in! Sasha Allen, who won the hearts of millions for being one of the Top 5 on Season 4 of NBC's "The Voice," will play the role of "Leading Player" for the U.S. national tour of PIPPIN. The tour launches on September 10, 2014 at the Buell Theatre in Denver, CO. This all-new production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's 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).
While competing on "The Voice" as the last member of international superstar Shakira's team, Sasha's performances reached the top of the iTunes Charts every week, and the clips amassed over three million views on YouTube.
Sasha Allen made her Broadway debut as Dionne in Hair and reprised the same role in the West End production. She also previously co-starred in the independent cult feature, Camp. Allen has appeared off-Broadway in Bare (American Theatre of Actors) and Ghetto Superstar (The Public Theater/Joe's Pub). Her TV credits include "Blue Bloods" and "Power." Allen regularly tours with a number of pop stars, including Christina Aguilera. Sasha is represented by Soffer/Namoff Entertainment.
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.
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Magic To Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."
The original production of PIPPIN, 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 debuted at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA where it ran December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. It opened on Broadway on April 25, 2013 and went on to win four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical. This production also received Best Revival of a Musical honors from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League. The New Broadway Cast Recording for PIPPIN is available on Ghostlight Records.