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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?

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somethingwicked
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 12:29am
Has anyone heard about Tovah Feldshuh leaving PIPPIN already? She mentions in this interview with Playbill that she's doing GOLDA'S BALCONY at the end of January "immediately following PIPPIN," so her last performance must be coming up soon. She makes a reference to being done with the show next year earlier in the piece as well.

http://playbill.com/news/article/184378-DIVA-TALK-Catching-Up-With-Tony-Nominee-and-Pippin-Star-Tovah-Feldshuh/pg3?tsrc=hph

It seems odd she'd stay such a short while.
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Jordan Catalano
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 12:31am
I think she's happier in a "Tovah Feldshuh Presents Tovah Feldshuh starring in a Tovah Feldshuh Production of..." show than a non "Tovah Feldshuh Presents…" show
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 01:22am
She's a pro and she's been around the block and can see the writing on the wall. The fans at the stage door last night figured that Patina will leave when her contract is up and the show will be over.
Everyone was so sweet and I will treasure feeling Erik arms wrapped around my shoulders.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 01:24am
Writing on the wall? Is it gonna be closing anytime soon?

In terms of replacements, anyone have any guesses for replacements? I remember on a recent Sethtv interview with Jackie Hoffman, she stated something about telling Pippin no because she didn't want to do all the stunts. She could have been joking of course, it's always hard to tell.

Updated On: 11/16/13 at 01:24 AM
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 01:33am
HA! this shows still clearing 800k a week it has at least another year left in it.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 01:40am
Gosh, I hope the writing isn't on the wall just yet. The Weisslers can be pretty resourceful, can't they? This show was the absolute highlight of my recent NY trip and one of the rarer opportunities to see true showmanship of that level. I hope I'll get to see it again in the Spring. I can't think of anyone for Berthe -- you need someone who can believably play a grandmother and do the acrobatics.

As for Patina, even if she does leave at the end of her current contract, I hope that the show can survive. Would love to hear some suggestions for who could replace her. And it better not be Ashlee Simpson.
10marilyn
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 03:20am
There are so many African American Actresses who are also very good and too shut it because Patina left would leave me feel unsettled. When there are many actresses that could if given the chance do the role. And Patina is wonderful but I am sure this role could be a great way to give other unknowns the chance to shine.
Updated On: 11/16/13 at 03:20 AM
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 05:31am
Patina is not the be all and end all of this show. While I think she is wonderful, I'm sure there are others that can do the show justice. The average ticket buyer has no knowledge of who Patina is.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 06:10am
I'm not the first to suggest it, but Cathy Rigby would be a wonderful Berthe!
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Jeffrey Karasarides
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 06:40am
Well, rumor does have it that Sutton Foster will be returning to Broadway, unknown which show it is at this point, maybe she'll be taking over for Patina Miller...

Though I would actually love to see Samantha Barks make her Broadway debut as the Leading Player. Maybe even Andrea McArdle make a return as Berthe!
10marilyn
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 06:51am
I think Sutton might take a while to get back to Broadway she is young and might want to rest.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 07:16am
You don't rest when you are "young". You work when you are young. You build your reputation. (And what has she to rest from?)
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10marilyn
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 07:29am
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 08:50am
She needs to rest from 5 bway shows in nearly 10 years? And she was through with Anything Goes over 2 years ago.

So again, what does she need to REST from? She might WANT to, but she has never seemed the type.

And again: punctuation is your friend.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 11:39am
Sutton Foster is coming back to Broadway very soon, but not as a replacement.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 12:03pm
Sutton Foster as the Leading Player? You have to be joking, right?
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 12:09pm
Any word on Gabrielle Mcclinton replacing Patina?
Owen22
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 12:13pm
Really? Why would Patina's leaving mean anything? She won the Tony (by default) but is hardly a star. I'm sure the Weislers can find a proper replacement, maybe not as talented, but with a starier name. Or not. Even so, it will still survive Patina's leaving.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 12:16pm
They'll put a name in, I'm guessing. (Who that is remains to be seen.)
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 01:31pm
"Any word on Gabrielle Mcclinton replacing Patina?"

Yes, the word is that she'll continue to replace Patina if Patina is unable to go on at a performance for any reason and then she'll replace whoever is cast as the new Leading Player if/when Patina departs the show if that person is unable to go on for a performance.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 01:44pm
and seeing how Patina is not yet (officially) scheduled to depart, there wouldn't be any talk of who her replacement would be.

Doesn't she still have until March before her year is up?
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 02:36pm
Yes. And she may want to extend if given the chance. I think I remember hearing she wanted to stay in Sister Act.
And lolz at Sutton Foster as The Leading Player. And I doubt she would replace at this point in her career anyway.

Updated On: 12/6/13 at 02:36 PM
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 03:09pm
Wasn't Sutton supposed to do a revival of THE UNTHINKABLE MOLLY BROWN?
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 03:28pm
I'd like I see Beth Leavel replace Tovah in this.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 04:12pm
The fans at the stage door last night figured that Patina will leave when her contract is up and the show will be over.

Well, by all means, take their word for it because those fans obviously know everything.
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Tovah Feldshuh Leaving PIPPIN?
Posted: 11/16/13 at 04:21pm
"She needs to rest from 5 bway shows in nearly 10 years? And she was through with Anything Goes over 2 years ago. So again, what does she need to REST from?"

She left Anything Goes for Bunheads, a gem of a show on ABC Family. Unfortunately, it didn't mesh well with the other programming so it was canceled a few months ago. She has been doing concerts and her Mother also died recently. So....yeah.

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Updated On: 11/16/13 at 04:21 PM

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