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PIPPIN National Tour Coming to Seattle, 8/16-23PIPPIN National Tour Coming to Seattle, 8/16-23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

PIPPIN will play Seattle's Paramount Theatre from August 16 - August 23, 2015. Tickets are available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at select Ticketmaster locations and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm). (more...)

BWW Blog: The Best & Worst of the 2014-15 Season at Durham Performing Arts Center!BWW Blog: The Best & Worst of the 2014-15 Season at Durham Performing Arts Center!
by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 27, 2015

Since the 2014-15 Season at the Durham Performing Arts Center has wrapped up, I decided to give you guys my top picks for what were some of the best (and the worst) productions I saw this past season. I've seen many quality productions within the past year, with one little exception. (more...)

Tickets to PIPPIN at Orpheum Theatre on Sale 7/31Tickets to PIPPIN at Orpheum Theatre on Sale 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

PIPPIN will play a limited engagement at The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN November 17 - 22. Tickets for PIPPIN will go on sale to the public Friday, July 31st at 10:00 AM and will be available for purchase online at the official Orpheum Theatre website, www.orpheum-memphis.com, The Orpheum Box Office (901.525.3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and all Ticketmaster centers (901.743.ARTS).  (more...)

Jessie Mueller-Led WAITRESS Premiere Kicks Off Rehearsals at A.R.T.; Full Cast Announced!Jessie Mueller-Led WAITRESS Premiere Kicks Off Rehearsals at A.R.T.; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, began rehearsals today (pictured, left) for the world premiere musical Waitress. Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly the new musical has a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, direction by Diane Paulus, and choreography by Chase Brock. (more...)

Tickets to PIPPIN at Paramount Theatre on Sale 6/22Tickets to PIPPIN at Paramount Theatre on Sale 6/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical PIPPIN - described as "An eye-popping, jaw-dropping, VISUALLY STUNNING extravaganza. THE THRILL OF THE SEASON!" by NY1. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/12/15- PIPPINSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/12/15- PIPPIN
by Stage Tube - Jun 12, 2015

Today in 1977, Pippin closed at the Minskoff Theatre, after having played 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...)

Tickets to PIPPIN at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre on Sale FridayTickets to PIPPIN at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre on Sale Friday
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Broadway In Chicago has announced that individual tickets for the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical PIPPIN will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 29.  PIPPIN will play Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for two weeks only, July 29 - August 9, 2015. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Biggest & Bloodiest Tony Awards Best Musical BattlesSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Biggest & Bloodiest Tony Awards Best Musical Battles
by Pat Cerasaro - May 20, 2015

Bloodshed is par for the course during Tony Awards season, especially as it reaches its peak in the last handful of weeks leading up the big annual ceremony feting theatre's best, so today we take a look back at some of the absolute most brutal and tight Tony Award races for Best Musical in history. Although comparing a group of musicals - alike as dissimilar as they may be - may be an unfair proposition in practice, there is only one way a winner is decided when the Tony Awards rolls around and it unfortunately always finds fan favorites, critical darlings and a few commercial hits vying for top honors. There can only be one Best Musical - well, except for 1960 when there were actually two mainstage entertainments given the prize; THE SOUND OF MUSIC and FIORELLO, with no less than GYPSY ending up an also-ran. Who will claim the trophy on June 7? Tune in then to see! (more...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: PIPPIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - May 14, 2015

Loosely based on the fictitious life of Pippin the Hunchback, this musical tells the story of the young prince Pippin, Heir to the Frankish throne, who is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. (more...)

BWW Interviews: John Rubinstein of PIPPIN National Tour (and the Original Broadway Cast)BWW Interviews: John Rubinstein of PIPPIN National Tour (and the Original Broadway Cast)
by Jeffrey Karasarides - May 4, 2015

The circus is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from May 12th-17th in the form of the national touring production of the Tony Award-Winning revival of Pippin! In this national tour happens to be John Rubinstein, who originated the title role in the orginal Broadway production back in 1972. Now he plays Pippin's father Charlemagne, a role originated on Broadway by Eric Berry, and more recently in the 2013 Broadway revival Three-Time Tony Nominee by Terrence Mann. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to OrlandoBWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to Orlando
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 22, 2015

When the curtain hiding the big top is dropped after the opening verses of PIPPIN's first song, it reveals one of the most stunning visual tableaus you will ever see on stage. Acrobats, contortionists, clowns, and dancers line the colorful stage in a dazzling array of theatrical magic. However, as breath-taking as the opening scene is, the musical's impact runs far deeper than just its attractive surface. The show possesses palpable wit, passion, emotion, and a message that should impact theatre-goers of all ages. PIPPIN is, by far, the most exhilarating touring show to come through The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in its first season as host of Orlando's Broadway Series. This visually and emotionally satisfying gem runs through this Sunday, April 26th; don't miss your chance to experience this beautiful corner of the musical theatre sky. (more...)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and PIPPIN Headed to Kensington Arts Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonJESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and PIPPIN Headed to Kensington Arts Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Kensington Arts Theatre Artistic Director Craig Pettinati is pleased to announce the DC-Metro theatre has decided to venture into uncharted territory, with the expansion of offerings to now include both musicals and plays. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON to Anchor 2015-16 Broadway Sacramento SeasonTHE BOOK OF MORMON to Anchor 2015-16 Broadway Sacramento Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2015

California Musical Theatre announced the 2015-16 Broadway Sacramento season at the Community Center Theater, featuring six shows not previously presented on the series, two of which were produced in the round at Music Circus but never before part of Broadway Sacramento. (more...)

Casting Confirmed for New Opera CROSSING at A.R.T., Directed by Diane PaulusCasting Confirmed for New Opera CROSSING at A.R.T., Directed by Diane Paulus
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, announces the casting of the world premiere of Crossing, an opera by Matthew Aucoin, directed by Diane Paulus, featuring the chamber orchestra A Far Cry, produced in association with Music-Theatre Group. (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Musical PIPPIN Heading to Sioux Falls This WinterTony Award-Winning Musical PIPPIN Heading to Sioux Falls This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical PIPPIN at the Washington Pavilion for five shows, running January 20-23, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sam Lips Takes Over as Title Character in PIPPIN National Tour - First Look!Photo Flash: Sam Lips Takes Over as Title Character in PIPPIN National Tour - First Look!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

The national tour of Pippin, featuring Sasha Allen and John Rubinstein, who created the role of Pippin in the 1972 original Broadway production, has welcomed Sam Lips to the cast as 'Pippin.' Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN's Magic Transforms TPAC's Jackson HallBWW Reviews: PIPPIN's Magic Transforms TPAC's Jackson Hall
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 11, 2015

For 40-some years now, Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, the musical about an inquisitive young man in search of meaning in his life - and, notwithstanding, the actual meaning of life - has enraptured audiences, inspired legions of theater devotees and provided any number of young men (and a not insignificant number of young women, either, we suppose) with their go-to audition song in 'Corner of the Sky.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sasha Allen Leads National Company of PIPPIN to Music City TonightBWW Interviews: Sasha Allen Leads National Company of PIPPIN to Music City Tonight
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 10, 2015

When you're spending all your time on the road, life can be…well, challenging…even if you are Sasha Allen, who stars as The Leading Player in the completely spectacular and altogether magical national touring company of Pippin, the Tony Award-winning Stephen Schwartz musical that's been mesmerizing audiences all over the country just as certainly as the recent Broadway revival became the talk of the Great White Way. (more...)

Adrienne Barbeau Joins the Cast of PIPPIN at Kravis Center, 4/28-5/3Adrienne Barbeau Joins the Cast of PIPPIN at Kravis Center, 4/28-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

The producers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical PIPPIN are pleased to announce that Tony Nominated, ADRIENNE BARBEAU will play the role of 'Berthe' in the national tour of PIPPIN in select cities! PIPPIN comes to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on April 28 - May 3, 2015. (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Jessie Nelson and Sara Bareilles' WAITRESS Musical Coming to Broadway After Run at A.R.T.?Rialto Chatter: Jessie Nelson and Sara Bareilles' WAITRESS Musical Coming to Broadway After Run at A.R.T.?
by Rialto Chatter - Mar 3, 2015

According to a recent post by the A.R.T. the show already has plans for Broadway! The theatre auctioned off tickets to the show's opening night on Broadway as a part of its 2015 gala, teasing: 'See it in Cambridge before it heads to NYC!' Casting has not yet been announced, but a recent NYC workshop was led by Tony winner Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle, Bryce Pinkham, Christopher Fitzgerald, Barrett Wilbert Weed, and Eric Anderson. (more...)

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