Roger O. Hirson News

STAGE TUBE: PIPPIN's Massey, Renee Appear on Talks at Google
by Oliver Oliveros - Apr 18, 2014

Google's office on Eight Avenue hosted a conversation with Tony Award-winning musical revival PIPPIN's new lead stars Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin) and Ciara Renee (Leading Player), together with original cast members Bethany Moore (Player, Catherine understudy) and Orion Griffiths (Player, Acrobat), earlier today, which was streamed live on YouTube, moderated by Google's Alan Seale and YouTube Next Lab's Mark Douglas. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Kyle Dean Massey And Ciara Renee Take First Bows In PIPPIN
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 02, 2014

Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal, Wicked) and Ciara Renee (Big Fish) assumed the roles of 'Pippin' and 'Leading Player' respectively in the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin last night, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Matthew James Thomas and Tony Award winner Patina Miller gave their final performances on Sunday, March 30. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from their first curtain call! (more...)

Photo Flash: They've Got Magic to Do! First Look at Ciara Renee & Kyle Dean Massey in Broadway's PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal, Wicked) and Ciara Renee (Big Fish) assume the roles of 'Pippin' and 'Leading Player' respectively in the Tony Award-winning Pippin today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Matthew James Thomas and Tony Award winner Patina Miller gave their final performances on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at Massey and Renee in action! (more...)

The Extraordinary Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas Depart PIPPIN; A Farewell Flashback!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Kyle Dean Massey(Next to Normal, Wicked) and Ciara Renee (Big Fish) will assume the roles of 'Pippin' and 'Leading Player' (respectively) in the Tony-winning Pippin beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Matthew James Thomas and Tony Award winner Patina Miller will play their final performance on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Below, BroadwayWorld bid adieu to the show's extraordinary leads, Miller and Thomas, with a flashback of their time spent with the production. Check out photos and videos from their Pippin journey below! (more...)

USD Theatre Closes Season with PIPPIN, 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

USD Theatre closes on this season with "Pippin," music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz based on the book by Roger O. Hirson. Earlier this year, the Broadway revival of this modern musical received Tony Awards for Best Musical and several other categories. Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, sets out to make his life special by dabbling in women, war and politics in his quest for true love. The broad comedy, featuring bawdy characters in often dark circumstances, performs at 7:30 p.m., April 24 through April 26 and again on April 28 with a 2 p.m. show slated for April 27. (more...)

PIPPIN's Matthew James Thomas Up for Lead Role in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

According to Variety, Thomas is currently on J.J. Abrams' short list for the lead role in Disney and LucasFilm's STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Though details on the role are scarce, insiders have confirmed that he's a young Jedi apprentice, who will challenge GIRLS star Adam Driver in the film, who recently signed on to play the villain in the next installment of the franchise. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sardi's Celebrates PIPPIN! Thomas, d'Amboise, Miller and Jones Get Caricatures
by Walter McBride - Mar 12, 2014

Just yesterday, Sardi's Restaurant unveiled caricatures for PIPPIN stars Matthew James Thomas, Tony Award winner Patina Miller, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can check out complete photo coverage below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: PIPPIN's Orion Griffiths on Returning to the Tony-Winning Show After Injury
by Stage Tube - Mar 07, 2014

Actor and acrobat Orion Griffiths from the Tony Award-winning PIPPIN was featured today on "CBS This Morning." Correspondent Jamie Wax spoke to the 26 year-old performer about his extraordinary life and making his Broadway debut. Check out his interview below! (more...)

They've Got Magic to Do! Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renée to Join Cast of PIPPIN on April 1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The producers of the Tony Award winning PIPPIN just announced that Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal, Wicked) and Ciara Renee (Big Fish) will assume the roles of "Pippin" and "Leading Player" (respectively) in the production beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Matthew James Thomas and Tony Award winner Patina Miller will play their final performance on Sunday, March 30, 2014. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

VIDEO: Annie Potts: High-Flying Trapeze Routine Is 'Easiest Part' of PIPPIN!
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

The actress stopped by this week's TODAY on NBC and explains why jumped at the opportunity to return to the theater in the high-flying role. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Annie Potts in PIPPIN on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Annie Potts ('Designing Women,' God of Carnage) will assume the role of 'Berthe' in the production beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and we've got a first look at her in the show! (more...)

Photo Coverage: PIPPIN Celebrates New Partnership with Carlton Hotel!
by Jennifer Broski - Jan 17, 2014

Yesterday at 88 Madison Avenue, the cast of Pippin celebrated the show's new partnership with Carlton Hotel with a live performance, nail art painting provided by Caravan Stylist Studio and circus-inspired refreshments provided by the Carlton hotel. The Carlton hotel's new PIPPIN the Musical Package will be available starting January, running through March 2014. The package includes overnight luxury accommodations, tickets to PIPPIN, cocktails at restaurant Millesime and a CD soundtrack from the show. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes of PIPPIN's Highlights Shoot!
by Stage Tube - Jan 14, 2014

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's Tony Award winning musical comedy Pippin, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, is currently playing at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. In the video below, go behind the scenes with the cast as they filmed highlights from the show! (more...)

PIPPIN, KINKY BOOTS, NEWSIES & More Set for Hollywood Pantages' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

The Hollywood Pantages, a Nederlander Theatre, reveals its lineup for the 2014-2015 SEASON, featuring six blockbuster productions currently playing to sold-out houses on Broadway and a new production of a beloved title. (more...)

13 in 30: Video Highlights from 2013- PIPPIN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 31, 2013

2014 is upon us, which means that it's time to look back on all of the highs and lows that this past theatre season has brought. BroadwayWorld is wrapping up the year by tributing our favorite moments of 2013, and in this series, we're highlighting 13 of our favorite musical moments on stage in just 30 seconds. Below, check out a 30 second clip from one of our favorite musicals of the year- Pippin.$ (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Nicole Scherzinger Will Not Replace Patina Miller as PIPPIN's Leading Player - UPDATED!
by Rialto Chatter - Dec 26, 2013

UPDATE: A production spokesperson has confirmed to BroadwayWorld that former Pussycat Doll Nicole Sherzinger will not be joining Broadway's PIPPIN, as the New York Daily News reported earlier today. (more...)

BWW Blog: 'Happy Anniversary, Mr. Dickens! (and I'm SO Sorry)' by Jeffrey Sanzel, Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Three
by Guest Blogger: Jeffrey Sanzel - Dec 19, 2013


STAGE TUBE: PIPPIN's Acrobats Shine in 'Morning Glow' Music Video
by Stage Tube - Dec 16, 2013

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's Tony Award winning musical comedy Pippin, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, is currently playing at the Music Box Theatre. In the video below, the shows acrobats get a shining moment as they show what they've got to the Act 1 finale, 'Morning Glow.' (more...)

Breaking News: They've Got Magic to Do! Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Produce PIPPIN Film Adaptation
by Movies News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

According to Deadline, the duo, coming off of the successful live staging of THE SOUND OF MUSIC on NBC, have signed on to produce the upcoming film adaptation of the hit musical, which scored the 'Best Revival' prize, among others, at this year's Tony Awards. Zadan and Meron also produced the 2002 film adaptation of CHICAGO alongside Harvey Weinstein, as well as HAIRSPRAY in 2007. (more...)

Breaking News: Annie Potts to Join Cast PIPPIN as 'Berthe'; Tovah Feldshuh to Depart on 1/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

The producers of the Tony Award winning PIPPIN just announced that Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Annie Potts ("Designing Women," God of Carnage) will assume the role of "Berthe" in the production beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh will play her final performance in the role on Sunday, January 19th. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

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