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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...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN, THE MUSICAL Magic, Razzle Dazzle Under the Big Top!BWW Reviews: PIPPIN, THE MUSICAL Magic, Razzle Dazzle Under the Big Top!
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Oct 24, 2015

The circus is in town and I ain't talking about Barnum & Bailey! The national tour of the 2013 revival of PIPPIN made its way to the Bayou City and I'm hippopotamusly happy to see this tour! When creative geniuses such as Bob Fosse and Stephen Schwartz are at the helm of the original material, there's no denying that a musical theatre maven such as myself would be overzealous. (more...)

Tickets to PIPPIN at Boston Opera House on Sale 10/25Tickets to PIPPIN at Boston Opera House on Sale 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Broadway in Boston has announced that tickets for the highly anticipated upcoming engagement of PIPPIN will go on sale to the public this Sunday, October 25th.  Following its acclaimed run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA this captivating new production comes straight from Broadway where it won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. PIPPIN will play a limited two week run at the Boston Opera House February 2 - 14, 2016 as part of the 2015-2016 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 10/23/15- PIPPINSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 10/23/15- PIPPIN
by Stage Tube - Oct 23, 2015

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...)

PIPPIN Tour to Stop at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts in JanuaryPIPPIN Tour to Stop at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts in January
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

Ring in the New Year with the South Bay premiere of the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical PIPPIN - hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, VISUALLY STUNNING extravaganza.  (more...)

PIPPIN National Tour Comes to Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center TonightPIPPIN National Tour Comes to Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 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, presented by Victoria Theatre Association, kicks off the 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series with a one week engagement, tonight, Oct. 6, through Oct. 11, 2015 at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. (more...)

PIPPIN National Tour Coming to Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 10/6-11PIPPIN National Tour Coming to Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 10/6-11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 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, presented by Victoria Theatre Association, kicks off the 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series with a one week engagement, Oct. 6-11, 2015 at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are on sale now at Ticket Center Stage, located in downtown Dayton, or by calling 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630 and online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. (more...)

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