Harris Center Welcomes the National Tour of PIPPIN

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).

Pippin comes to the Harris Center on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 pm & 7:30 pm; and Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 1 pm & 7 pm. Tickets are priced at $49-$79; Premium $85, with 10% Off for Sunday 7 pm Single tickets. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 12 noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

The revival of Pippin was originally directed by Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater. Her Broadway credits include the Tony winning revivals, Hair and Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. "The acrobats dazzle in Diane Paulus's dynamic, high-flying revival... Astonishing. A Pippin for the 21st century. Dazzling and awe-inspiring." (New York Times). This national tour of Pippin will be recreated by Ms. Paulus's long time associate, Mia Walker. Mia was the Assistant Director on the revival production, from its birth at the American Repertory Theater, to Broadway, to the first national tour. Her other assisting/associate credits include the Broadway and national tour productions of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Finding Neverland, and the current Broadway production of Waitress. Recently, Ms. Walker directed Jaime Jarrett's new musical Normativity at New York Musical Festival (NYMF).

Pippin features sizzling choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers, which last performed here in the capital region in 2015), the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces. Pippin is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."

Housso Semon makes her national tour debut as the Leading Player. She is a graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her credits include Deloris in Sister Act, Aida in Aida, Charlayne in Ain't Misbehavin', and Brenda in Smokey Joe's Café. Naysh Fox is also making his national tour debut in the lead role of Pippin. His favorite roles include Riff in West Side Story, Warner in Legally Blonde and The Prince in Once Upon a Time. Brendon Schaefer (national tours of The Wedding Singer and All Shook Up) will portRay King Charlemagne. Allison Nusbaum will play Pippin's grandmother, Berthe. Credits include 9 to 5, Hairspray, Menopause, Mary Poppins, White Christmas, Footloose and How to Succeed Without Really Trying. Erica Lee Cianciulli will portray the cunning Fastrada, Savannah Sprinkle will play the role of Catherine and Courtney Dease will portray Lewis.

Pippin, the most nominated Broadway show of 2013, won four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus). Pippin won four Drama Desk Awards, seven Outer Critic Circle Awards and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin features orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Larry Hochman, original costume design by Dominique Lemieux, scenic design coordinated by Evan Adamson, music direction by JP Myers, lighting design by Russell A. Thompson and sound design by David Temby.

This Year Marks Six Seasons of Great Shows. Up Close. In Folsom!

The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the community together to share in cultural experiences featuring the work of artists from throughout the region and around the world. Built and operated by the Los Rios Community College District, the $50 million, state-of-the-art regional performing arts center boasts three intimate venues with outstanding acoustics, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a world-class performing arts venue. Each year the Center hosts over 400 events attracting more than 150,000 annually.


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