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National Tour of PIPPIN Flies to the Capitol Center for the ArtsNational Tour of PIPPIN Flies to the Capitol Center for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical PIPPIN at the Capitol Center for the Arts (Concord, NH) on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30pm. This show tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. It explores the glories of war, the temptations of love, and the intrigues of political power before discovering happiness lies not in the extraordinary but in the ordinary moments of every day. (more...)

Four-Time Tony Award Winner PIPPIN Coming to the State TheatreFour-Time Tony Award Winner PIPPIN Coming to the State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

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 - at the State Theatre for two shows on Sunday, March 26. (more...)

The New York Musical Festival Announces Initial Lineup for 2017 FestivalThe New York Musical Festival Announces Initial Lineup for 2017 Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) announced today the initial lineup for 2017 NYMF. Among the shows announced in the lineup are the Next Link Project musical selections, as well as invited production selections. Now in its fourteenth year, the 2017 Festival will take place July 10th through August 6th at locations around midtown Manhattan in New York City. Dan Markley serves as NYMF Executive Director & Producer and Rachel Sussman serves as Director of Programming & Artist Services. (more...)

University of Washington Musical Theater Program presents PIPPIN for Third Annual ProductionUniversity of Washington Musical Theater Program presents PIPPIN for Third Annual Production
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences presents the third annual production of the UW Musical Theater Program, Pippin. The production runs March 10th through March 19th at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at NE 41st Street and University Way NE.  (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and PIPPIN to Take the Stage at TUTS This SummerONCE ON THIS ISLAND and PIPPIN to Take the Stage at TUTS This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced its annual summer show performance series at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (more...)

PICTURE INCOMPLETE to Play Return Season at Alexander UpstairsPICTURE INCOMPLETE to Play Return Season at Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Through storytelling and song, PICTURE INCOMPLETE sketches out the portrait of a man's life as he celebrates a rather unusual birthday on which an eviction notice arrives advising him to vacate his apartment. (more...)

PICTURE INCOMPLETE Sketched Out on Stage at Alexander Bar's Upstairs TheatrePICTURE INCOMPLETE Sketched Out on Stage at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Through storytelling and song, PICTURE INCOMPLETE sketches out the portrait of a man's life as he celebrates a rather unusual birthday on which an eviction notice arrives advising him to vacate his apartment. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN at George Washington UniversityBWW Review: PIPPIN at George Washington University
by Elliot Lanes - Nov 4, 2016

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UW School of Drama Sets 2016-17 SeasonUW School of Drama Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of Executive Director Todd London, has announced its 2016-2017 Season. As with their 75th anniversary season, the School of Drama will continue to build artistic partnerships with both local and national artists in an effort to provide more diverse learning opportunities for their students and create a laboratory environment within the School. Guest artists involved this season include: Ali el-Gassier, Marya Sea Kaminski, Jane Jones, Ellen McLaughlin, Qui Nguyen, Ken Rus Schmoll, Daniel Talbott, and Anne Washburn. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/12/16- PIPPINSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/12/16- PIPPIN
by Stage Tube - Jun 12, 2016

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...)

New Jersey Community Members Petition Against 'Sexual Innuendo' and 'Offensive' Language in H.S. PIPPINNew Jersey Community Members Petition Against 'Sexual Innuendo' and 'Offensive' Language in H.S. PIPPIN
by Michael Dale - Mar 29, 2016

After seeing Middle Township High School's production, community members petition for more restrictions on material performed. (more...)

Astonishing PIPPIN at PPAC is a Spectacular Must-SeeAstonishing PIPPIN at PPAC is a Spectacular Must-See
by Robert Barossi - Feb 17, 2016

There are some shows that tempt a reviewer to write a lengthy essay going into great detail about the many reasons why the show succeeds or fails. Other shows make a reviewer simply want to say, 'Just go see this show,' and nothing more. While there is, of course, much to say about the touring production of the Broadway musical Pippin, now at Providence Performing Arts Center, the production's merits can absolutely be summed up briefly: See. This. Show. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to BostonBWW REVIEW: PIPPIN Brings Its Magic Back to Boston
by Jan Nargi - Feb 10, 2016

The extraordinary journey of the Broadway revival of PIPPIN began at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge a few years back, and now that triumphant Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Diane Paulus, is back in Boston via the national tour. While some tweaks have since been made to the production that had its Broadway tryout at the A.R.T., the show's exuberant joie de vivre and circus-inspired excitement are still intact. If anything, the show's politics and humor have been heightened in this iteration, thanks largely to its sensational cast. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Jan 27, 2016

The 1970's was an era of self discovery, rebellion and personal exploration. Broadway was morphing from the stock musical comedy formula towards the darker issues of life not usually seen on the musical stage . There was a young Stephen Sondheim delving into the deep interpersonal relations of marriage in COMPANY and FOLLIES, while Michael Bennett had gathered a group of young dancers who were exposing their inner demons and life stories in A CHORUS LINE. Meanwhile the composer Stephen Schwartz began his career with PIPPIN and would later write hit scores for GODSPELL and WICKED (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Musical PIPPIN Heads to Sioux Falls TonightTony Award-Winning Musical PIPPIN Heads to Sioux Falls Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

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

PIPPIN Comes to PPAC, February 16 - 21PIPPIN Comes to PPAC, February 16 - 21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2016

The 2013 Tony Award-winning musical PIPPIN, described as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, visually stunning extravaganza" by NY1, visits the Providence Performing Arts Center February 16 - 21, 2016. In Providence, PIPPIN is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series. (more...)

Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2016, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2015. (more...)

PIPPIN National Tour Begins Performances Tonight in SacramentoPIPPIN National Tour Begins Performances Tonight in Sacramento
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 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. PIPPIN will have a limited engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 29 - Jan. 3. The cast includes Gabrielle McClinton as Leading Player; Brian Flores as Pippin; John Rubinstein, who played the role of Pippin in the original Bob Fosse-directed Broadway production, as Charles; Sabrina Harper as Berthe; Bradley Benjamin as Catherine; and Kate Wesler as Fastrada. (more...)

PIPPIN National Tour Begins Performances 12/29 in SacramentoPIPPIN National Tour Begins Performances 12/29 in Sacramento
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 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. PIPPIN will have a limited engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 29 - Jan. 3. The cast includes Gabrielle McClinton as Leading Player; Brian Flores as Pippin; John Rubinstein, who played the role of Pippin in the original Bob Fosse-directed Broadway production, as Charles; Sabrina Harper as Berthe; Bradley Benjamin as Catherine; and Kate Wesler as Fastrada. (more...)

BWW Review: The Orpheum Offers a Flippin' PIPPINBWW Review: The Orpheum Offers a Flippin' PIPPIN
by Joseph Baker - Nov 18, 2015

There are the warhorse musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin; there are the lavish productions befitting Phantoms in opera houses and French revolutionaries and revisionist fairy tales (and you know the ones I mean); there are the Disney powerhouses; and . . . there are musicals of a quaint, mind-nudging nature that don't quite fit into any category. Certainly THE FANTASTICKS comes to mind, and -- at least in the previous productions I have seen -- Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN. Somewhere in my video collection is a filmed version of the musical with William Katt, and just a few years ago PIPPIN was the first musical staged at the shiny, new Playhouse on the Square (with Alvaro Francisco stepping in for a sidelined Jordan Nichols). I sometimes think that small-scale musicals are better suited to venues less grand than the Orpheum; I needn't have worried, however, as PIPPIN has acquired the kind of theatrical, Cirque du Soleil-style atmosphere that perfectly suits the show's opening number, 'Magic to Do.' (more...)

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