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BWW Review: Street Theatre Company's Social Media-Inspired PIPPINBWW Review: Street Theatre Company's Social Media-Inspired PIPPIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 20, 2017

Musical theater lends itself to the "high concept" approach, to be certain, even if it doesn't always add to the overall success of a production. Case in point: Street Theatre Company's current revival of Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, onstage through June 25 at Holy Trinity Community Church in Nashville, which despite a cast of theatrical heavy hitters seems rather lost in a befuddling miasma of forced social media fun and games. (more...)

Princeton Summer Theater's 48th Season Opens with Schwartz's PIPPINPrinceton Summer Theater's 48th Season Opens with Schwartz's PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Princeton Summer Theater's 2017 season opens next Thursday, June 22ndth with Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's Pippin. A multiple Tony Award-winning musical, Pippin is a mystical coming of age tale of adventure. A mysterious troupe, spearheaded by the enigmatic Leading Player, follows a young prince as he sets out to discover his purpose in the world. Schwartz's iconic music establishes Pippin as a breathtaking story that explores what it means to live a truly extraordinary life. (more...)

Magical Musical Tale To Unfold This Summer At Hope Mill TheatreMagical Musical Tale To Unfold This Summer At Hope Mill Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Audiences can expect a magical theatrical experience when the revival of an award-winning musical has its Manchester premiere at the city's newest theatre. (more...)

Thomas Williams, Holland Vavra to Lead All-Houston Cast in PIPPIN at TUTSThomas Williams, Holland Vavra to Lead All-Houston Cast in PIPPIN at TUTS
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) introduces the fully Houston-based cast and creative team for the upcoming production of PIPPIN.   (more...)

Street Theatre Company to Present PIPPINStreet Theatre Company to Present PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Following on the heels of the hilarious LUCKY STIFF and the poignant  JOHN & JEN, Street Theatre Company presents PIPPIN. This venerable musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson opened on Broadway in 1972 under the brilliant direction of Bob Fosse and went on to receive 5 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk awards the following year. A fully reimagined Broadway revival in 2013 won the show 4 more Tonys, 4 more Drama Desks, plus a slew of other awards. (more...)

Photo Flash: PIPPIN Returns to New York with Broadway Workshop & Project BroadwayPhoto Flash: PIPPIN Returns to New York with Broadway Workshop & Project Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

This month, PIPPIN, returned to NYC for a sold out run at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in NYC. PIPPIN was produced by the Broadway Workshop and Project Broadway as their 2017 Main Stage production. Scroll down for photos of the cast in action! (more...)

Harris Center Welcomes the National Tour of PIPPINHarris Center Welcomes the National Tour of PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

A thrilling update of classic Broadway fare--and winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival-- the national tour of Pippin comes to the intimacy of Stage One for five performances. Concluding the Harris Center "Big Stage" series, this unforgettable production is full of high-flying, death-defying acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked. "Anyone who's seen this production knows how magical the theater can be. This production melds extraordinary circus acrobatics and magical illusions with 'ordinary' virtues like accomplished acting, singing, and dancing" (Boston Globe). (more...)

Princeton Summer Theater Announces 2017 SeasonPrinceton Summer Theater Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Since its inception over forty years ago, Princeton Summer Theater (PST) has helped launch the careers of hundred of young artists while bringing high-quality, affordable theater to the greater Mercer County area. (more...)

BEN, VIRGINIA AND ME: THE LIBERACE MUSICAL Gets Concert at National Arts GalleryBEN, VIRGINIA AND ME: THE LIBERACE MUSICAL Gets Concert at National Arts Gallery
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

The new musical Ben, Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical will get a special concert presentation at theNational Arts Gallery (15 Gramercy Park South) on Monday, April 17 at 7:30 pm, before debuting a fully staged production at this year's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Ben, Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical has a book by Roger O. Hirson (Tony Nominee for Pippin) and music and lyrics by Barbara Carole Sickmen and will be directed by Paul A. Stancato (National Tours: Flashdance, The Lion King, The Wedding Singer) and Music Director Jesse Warkentin (National Tours: Wicked, Cinderella).   Ben, Virginia and Me: The Liberace Musical is produced by Ron Sickmen. Tickets are FREE to the public but reservation are necessary, they can be made by emailingtheatre@thenationalartsclub.org. (more...)

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...)

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 - Mar 10, 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...)

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...)

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