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Kyle Dean Massey to Join Cast of PIPPIN National Tour in Los Angeles Straight from BroadwayKyle Dean Massey to Join Cast of PIPPIN National Tour in Los Angeles Straight from Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

The Nederlander Organization and the producers of the Tony Winning revival of PIPPIN have announced that Kyle Dean Massey will assume the role of Pippin beginning Tuesday, Nov 4th at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles. He will be replacing Matthew James Thomas who takes his final bow on Sunday, November 2nd. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCalBWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCal
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 28, 2014

Arguably, director Diane Paulus' greatest triumph to date is the spectacular new production of PIPPIN, the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz's trippy but winsome musical about the angst-riddled but hyper-aspirational young son of King Charlemagne, and his erratic, sometimes frustrating journey of self-discovery. In her marvelously inventive, re-imagined update---now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through November 9---Paulus brilliantly orients the topsy-turvy machinations of the entire story within the canvas-lined confines of a big-top circus. Here, the over-the-top performance troupe that 'guides' our hero's search for self-fulfillment aren't merely just actors (or 'players') but are also all agile, athletic circus performers that tumble, leap, and balance themselves for our (and Pippin's) entertainment pleasure. As expected, both Pippin and the audience are equally lulled into submission. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the PantagesBWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the Pantages
by Don Grigware - Oct 23, 2014

In 1972 Pippin opened on Broadway and became one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, closing in 1977. Stephen Schwartz's bubbling optimistic tunes made the surreal and sensual mood of the piece an ultra-pleasant experience for theatre goers. One actually left the theatre humming the score. Throughout the dreamlike texture of Pippin's quest for his 'Corner of the Sky', however, there blooms a simplistic, timeless message that reverberates to this day. So, even though this brand new revival set in a circus big top is visually more opulent with high swinging artists and feats of magic, the pieces of the puzzle do fit into place - original director Bob Fosse would approve - and the play's substance is untarnished. Director Diane Paulus may take a bow for her simply stunning ambition of embellishment. I prefer the simplicity of the original, which allows your imagination to take flight, but must own up to enjoying most of the new version. How can you not, as the Fosse-esque style with acrobatics added on make for a visually splendid evening of dance and action. (more...)

Photo Flash: On the Red Carpet for PIPPIN National Tour's Opening Night at Hollywood Pantages!Photo Flash: On the Red Carpet for PIPPIN National Tour's Opening Night at Hollywood Pantages!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The 2013 Tony Award winning Best Revival of a Musical Pippin made its premiere earlier this week at L.A. Premiere at the Hollywood Pantages, where it will play through November 9th. Tickets are now on sale to the general public online at www.HollywoodPantages.com orwww.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787 or at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard (Opens daily at 10am.) Check out a look back at the opening night's red carpet below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/23- PIPPINSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/23- PIPPIN
by Stage Tube - Oct 23, 2014

Today in 1972, Pippin opened at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1944 performances. Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses the premise of a mysterious acting troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. The original cast included: Eric Berry, Jill Clayburgh, Leland Palmer, Irene Ryan, Ben Vereen, and John Rubinstein. (more...)

Entire PIPPIN National Tour Dedicated to Denver Center's Randy WeeksEntire PIPPIN National Tour Dedicated to Denver Center's Randy Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The entire national touring production of PIPPIN, which launched in Denver last month, has been dedicated to Denver Center for the Performing Arts President Randy Weeks, who died suddenly on Oct. 9 in London. (more...)

Deaf West Hosts Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum TonightDeaf West Hosts Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Deaf West Theatre hosts a memorial to celebrate the life and career of Tony Award-winning actress and deaf activist Phyllis Frelich tonight, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Ms. Frelich, who was deaf, passed away from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in April. She was 70. (more...)

Deaf West to Host Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum, 10/20Deaf West to Host Memorial for Phyllis Frelich at the Mark Taper Forum, 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Deaf West Theatre will host a memorial to celebrate the life and career of Tony Award-winning actress and deaf activist Phyllis Frelich on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum. Ms. Frelich, who was deaf, passed away from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in April. She was 70. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Witness the Awe-Inspiring Spectacle that is PIPPIN, Launching its National Tour in Denver!BWW Reviews: Witness the Awe-Inspiring Spectacle that is PIPPIN, Launching its National Tour in Denver!
by Michael Mulhern - Oct 10, 2014

When the curtain first dropped so did my jaw and I was simply amazed at the sheer magnitude of this spectacle of a show! (more...)

Photo Coverage: John Kander, James Rado & More Celebrate Abe JacobPhoto Coverage: John Kander, James Rado & More Celebrate Abe Jacob
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Oct 7, 2014

Long-time friends, associates and family gathered last night (October 6) to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of the theatre community's most treasured members - award-winning sound designer Abe Jacob. (more...)

Andrea Martin Joins PIPPIN on Tour Tonight in San FranciscoAndrea Martin Joins PIPPIN on Tour Tonight in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

SHN previously announced that Andrea Martin, who won the 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the role of 'Berthe' in the Broadway production, would reprise the role in the final two weeks (beginning today, October 7 and running through October 19) of the San Francisco engagement at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Matthew James Thomas & Sasha Allen Chat National Tour of PIPPINVIDEO: Matthew James Thomas & Sasha Allen Chat National Tour of PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Stars Sasha Allen (Broadway's Hair) and Matthew James Thomas (Broadway's Pippin, Spider-Man) stopped by KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area News yesterday to discuss the musical. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: A Touching Tribute to Broadway Casting Director Barry MossSTAGE TUBE: A Touching Tribute to Broadway Casting Director Barry Moss
by Stage Tube - Sep 29, 2014

Broadway, film and television casting director Barry Moss passed away in Manhattan on June 17, 2014. He was 74. A video tribute, created by Denise Pence and 'Broadway: The Golden Age' film trilogy filmmaker Rick McKay, honored the legendary casting director at a Memorial Tribute held in Moss's honor in New York City today, September 29th. The 12-minute video tribute includes an interview with 50-year friend John Rubinstein, who is on the road in the new PIPPIN and could not attend, and some rare footage of Lucie Arnaz performing 'They're Playing Our Song,' both shot by McKay. Watch below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Hits the Heights - Now thru October 19thBWW Reviews: PIPPIN Revival Hits the Heights - Now thru October 19th
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Sep 29, 2014

The air was crackling with excitement on opening night for the much anticipated revival of Pippin at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre. And for good reason. The show won four Tony Awards last year including Best Musical Revival, with Diane Paulus taking home the Tony for Best Director. Patina Miller as the Leading Player took home Best Actress, while Andrea Martin won Best Featured Actress. Not to be outdone, the national tour signed Sasha Allen, Lucie Arnaz, and John Rubinstein, not to mention Canada's circus troupe, Les 7 doigts de la main. Talk about the wow factor. Pippin is an exuberant, extravaganza of a show and it plays now through October 19 at SHN's Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)

Andrea Martin to Reprise Tony-Winning Role in PIPPIN National Tour for Second Half of San Francisco RunAndrea Martin to Reprise Tony-Winning Role in PIPPIN National Tour for Second Half of San Francisco Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

SHN has announced that Andrea Martin, who won the 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the role of 'Berthe' in the Broadway production, will reprise the role in the final two weeks (October 7-19) of the San Francisco engagement at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sasha Allen Talks Leading PIPPIN in DenverSTAGE TUBE: Sasha Allen Talks Leading PIPPIN in Denver
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2014

Below, from the PIPPIN National Tour launch in Denver, 'In Focus' host Eden Lane brings us her full one-on-one with Sasha Allen (a finalist on the 4th season on THE VOICE) who portrays the 'Leading Player'. Click to watch the interview! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Stephen Schwartz and Diane Paulus Talk PIPPIN TourSTAGE TUBE: Stephen Schwartz and Diane Paulus Talk PIPPIN Tour
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2014

The national tour of Pippin launched in Denver this week, and host of 'In Focus' Eden Lane sat down for a one-on-one with composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, WICKED, Pippin, and more). Lane also met the director and driving force behind this re-imagined Pippin, Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. This episode also includes highlights with cast members Matthew James Thomas as Pippin, Lucie Arnaz as Berthe, Sasha Allen (a finalist on the 4th season on THE VOICE) as Leading Player, and Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein, who created the role of Pippin in the 1972 original Broadway production. Click below to watch the interviews! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from PIPPIN National Tour, Starring Sasha Allen, Matthew James Thomas & More!STAGE TUBE: Highlights from PIPPIN National Tour, Starring Sasha Allen, Matthew James Thomas & More!
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2014

Sasha Allen and Matthew James Thomas (filling in for Kyle Selig,) Lucie Arnaz, and more lead the new national touring production of Pippin, now playing in Denver. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Cast & Crew Share Excitement For New PIPPIN National TourCast & Crew Share Excitement For New PIPPIN National Tour
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 13, 2014

An informative new behind the scenes video series highlighting the new national tour of the current hit Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN is now available to view, showcasing stars Matthew James Thomas, Lucie Arnaz, John Rubinstein, Sasha Allen and more. (more...)

Behind The Scenes Of New PIPPIN National Tour In DenverBehind The Scenes Of New PIPPIN National Tour In Denver
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 9, 2014

A new behind the scenes video series spotlighting the new national tour of the current hit Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN is now available to view, showcasing stars Matthew James Thomas, Lucie Arnaz, John Rubinstein, Sasha Allen and more. (more...)

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