Melanie Griffith to Join PIPPIN in January?
Will Melanie Griffith be the next Berthe on Broadway? Or maybe Fastrada?
In an interview with IndieWire.com, the Hawaii Five-O actress revealed that she would be doing many things to stay active including the Broadway musical. "I'm going to do a lot of things. I'm going to do "Pippin' on Broadway in January. It's not about my career now. It's just about finding great work and having a good time."
Melanie Griffith previously worked with Pippin producers in 2003 when she made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago for three months. She received a Golden Globe Award and Oscar nomination in 1989 for her portrayal of Tess McGill in Working Girl, opposite Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. She also received Golden Globe nominations for her roles in the movies RKO 281, Buffalo Girls, Something Wild, and Body Double. Other screen credits include Raising Hope, a recurring role on Twins, and many more. She is set to appear in Akil (2014), Facing the Wind (release TBA), Day Out of Days (2015), Automata (2014), and Thirst (2014).
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).
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."
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 Pippindebuted 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.