Pippin

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Minskoff Theatre (New York, NY)
200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
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Nominated in 1972 for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and winning five of those coveted Awards, this hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale is based upon the life of Prince Pippin the Hunchback, the firstborn son of eighth century, Frankish king Charlemagne or Charles the Great, and invites audiences to join the fantastical journey of the rosy-cheeked prince famously looking for his “corner of the sky”. But his dad is a tyrannical bore, his step-mom is a Lady Macbeth in a mini skirt, and his half-brother Lewis is a twit. Returning home from school, Prince Pippin, sure of his superior qualities but lacking a purpose to which he can apply them, becomes a soldier for his father's army, but he gets upset by the killing and murders his father to stop the war. Finding he does not want to become the "puppet king" of discontented nobles in the Carolingian Empire, Pippin longs to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He is led by a mischievous Leading Player as he tries to find his place in life in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. The youth's violent journey to fulfillment sets Pippin's quest into a tradition of psychological darkness, bringing an unusually creepy seriousness to Pippin's temptations and sinister machinations to the Leading Player. In the end, he finds the simple pleasures and domestic contentment of love, home and family is something to be quietly achieved. A rock opera filled with sex, S&M, and amputated limbs, this perky musical is meant to be at times unnerving and dark. Pippin is full of light pop music, magic, and soft-shoe dances, but it has one of the darkest and most complex themes in musical theater history.
Directed by John Thompson, Music Direction by Jeannie Cross.

Caissie Levy, Ariana DeBose, Molly Hager and More to Join Alexander Sage Oyen at Don't Tell Mama Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Award-winning musical theater writer Alexander Sage Oyen brings two completely different sets of his original songs, stripped down to their barest bones, to Don't Tell Mama for what promise to be his most personal concerts to date. Audiences can expect to hear Oyen and a small group of special guests perform his best-loved songs as well as world premieres. Don't Tell Mama's associate director of programming, Max Friedman, will direct both evenings. (more...)

Broadway in Atlanta Unveils Three-Show Packages for 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

To celebrate one of the most highly anticipated series' to date, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta has announced a new option for Atlanta theater fans to experience three Broadway sensations from its 2014/2015 series. For the first time, patrons will have the opportunity to choose from three themed packages, each featuring three hit shows from the upcoming Broadway in Atlanta lineup. Package choices include: (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Segerstrom Center's Season Preview with the Touring Casts of MOTOWN, PIPPIN & More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

On Monday, August 18, Segerstrom Center hosted its 2014-15 Season Preview event, cohosted by EVP Judy Morr and Broadway Across America's Bob Bucci, drawing nearly 900 for the center's Broadway, Cabaret, Jazz, Dance, Chamber and Family Series offerings. (more...)

Tony Winner Jason Alexander to Make Houston Symphony Debut Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

On September 5, 6 and 7, the multi-talented singer, actor and comedian Jason Alexander will make his Houston Symphony debut with An Evening of Comedy & Song, led by Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski. While best known for his iconic portrayal of "George Costanza" in the ground-breaking hit TV show Seinfeld, Alexander returns to his Tony Award-winning roots for a night of music and laughs as he reminisces about his remarkable and versatile career on the stage and screen. Bringing his singular brand of entertainment, Alexander kicks off the 2014-15 POPS Season by performing such Broadway hits as "Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, "Trouble" from The Music Man, "Magic To Do/Corner of the Sky" from Pippin and "Shiksa Goddess" from The Last Five Years as well as three new musical medleys. This concert is made possible in part through the support of Cynthia Woods Mitchell POPS at Jones Hall and BBVA Compass. (more...)

WICKED Announces Lottery for San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts Run
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is making its South Bay premiere at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden Blvd.) with performances from August 27 - September 14. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Center for the Performing Arts box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jennifer Holliday, Chad Kimball, Erich Bergen & More at BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

On Saturday, August 16 at 8pm - Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday headlined the one-night-only concert Broadway Under the Stars at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA. Produced by Chris Isaacson Presents in partnership with Los Angeles County Arts Commission. (more...)

NBC Cancels Andrea Martin Comedy WORKING THE ENGELS
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

NBC has cancelled the freshman comedy WORKING THE ENGELS, starring Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Corey Cott and the Cast of NEWSIES Accept Ice Bucket Challenge from PIPPIN!
by Stage Tube - Aug 20, 2014

The national tour company of Pippin challenged the Broadway cast of NEWSIES to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and the boys have taken them up on their dare. NEWSIES is now challenging Alan Cumming and the Broadway company of CABARET, the Broadway company of MATILDA, and James Iglehart and the cast of ALADDIN. Watch their submission below! (more...)

BWW TV: Kyle Selig and PIPPIN Tour Cast Take on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 20, 2014

The national tour company of Pippin recently took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been dominating social media all week. Who'd they challenge in return? The Broadway casts of Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Newsies, and Pippin. Check out their wet submission below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 20th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 20, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. A BIC 'Beautiful' announcement, dates confirmed for Estefan musical 'On Your Feet,' both versions of 'The Wild Party' get local productions, Porchlight sings Disney, 'Toulouse' takes a stage, Tony winners Levi Kreis and Chita Rivera set solo dates here, and much more! (more...)

Andrea Martin to Discuss New Memoir Alongside Nathan Lane at 92Y
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Join award winning actress Andrea Martin as she discusses her new memoir, Andrea Martin's Lady Parts with good friend Nathan Lane - a not-to-be missed conversation on the triumphs and challenges, both professional and personal of a lifetime in show business, including lots of laugher along the way. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Director, Jeremy Scott Lapp
by Bartley Stratton - Aug 19, 2014

Jeremy Scott Lapp has been working in the theatre business for over 27 years performing in over 100 shows in and around San Diego County. He is an alumnus of the 2009 Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab West, a proud member of the SDC and a 2011 SDC Emerging Artist. In addition, he is a recipient of Noel Craig, PAMTA, Inland Theatre League, Patte, National Youth Theatre, Billy & Director's Choice awards. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Play the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9/12-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

A high energy Caribbean fairy tale musical the whole family will enjoy. A young peasant girl (SuCh, the award-winning actress and R&B singer who played Celie in The Color Purple) rescues and falls in love with a rich boy (Carter Edward Smith) from the other side of the island. Guided by the gods of earth, water and love, the naive girl finds herself torn between two very different worlds.? What is she willing to sacrifice in pursuit of a dream? (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Hands on a Hardbody is a new rock musical about 10 Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end and armed with nothing but hope and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. (more...)

sMASHed UP with Taylor Louderman, Ben Fankhauser & More Set for 54 Below, 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Join a cast of Broadway's brightest young talent, led by musical director Benjamin Rauhala, for an evening of wild mash-ups! From Bernstein to Bareilles, from Schwartz to Spears - audiences can expect an eclectic mix of pop and musical theater tunes, always with an unexpected twist. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - MATILDA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 18, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MATILDA below! (more...)

Original A CHORUS LINE Star Mitzi Hamilton to Direct & and Choreograph at Surflight Theatre, Running 8/27-9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Broadway veteran Mitzi Hamilton, one of the dancers in Michael Bennett's original developmental workshop that provided the inspiration for the character of Val in A Chorus Line, will direct and choreograph the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Surflight Theatre, August 27-September 14. (more...)

Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: August 18-24, 2014
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 18, 2014

By the end of the week, Broadway will say goodbye to two musicals- NEWSIES and BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. This is your last chance to catch both casts in action before the shows close for good! (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 8/17/14
by - Aug 18, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 8/17/2014. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/18
by - Aug 18, 2014

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 8/17/2014. (more...)

TV Legend Kim Zimmer to Rejoin Cast of WICKED First North American Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

The company of the first North American tour of WICKED will welcome back Kim Zimmer as Madame Morrible on Tuesday, September 30 in Albuquerque, NM. (more...)

THEATER BOYS to Premiere at 13th Street Rep this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Casting has just been announced for the 13th Street Rep's production of ASCAP Award-winning playwright Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy 'Theater Boys.' The show, which opens September 21st, will run in repertory this fall at the 13th Street Repertory Theater (50 W. 13th Street, NYC,,www.13thstreetrep.org), along with Deffaa's musical play 'One Night with Fanny Brice' (starring Chloe Brooks), and Israel Horovotz's 'Line' (now in its 40th year at the theater), which is New York's longest-running production. A cast album for 'Theater Boys'--now in the works--will be released in October. And the Rep, according to founder/artistic director Edith O'Hara, has plans to present two additional shows by Deffaa, following 'Theater Boys.' (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: August 18-24, 2014
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 18, 2014

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of August 18-24, 2014. (more...)

Casting Announced for THEATER BOYS at the 13th Street Rep
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2014

Casting has just been announced for the 13th Street Rep's production of ASCAP Award-winning playwright Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy 'Theater Boys.' The show, which opens September 21st, will run in repertory this Fall at the 13th Street Theater (more...)

Tim Realbuto Set for Mini NYC Tour of WUNDERKIND This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2014

Award-winning actor/writer Tim Realbuto, who recently had a critically acclaimed and sold-out (not-so-solo) solo show at 54 Below entitled Tim Realbuto: Alone (With Plenty of Help), will tour a new show this fall. Realbuto and his publicist Laurie Sheppard recently announced that Tim has tweaked the show and will present it as mini three-stop New York City tour under the new name Tim Realbuto: Wunderkind. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/15/14 - Neil Patrick Harris Says Farewell, POOR BEHAVIOR Opens, ROCKY Leaves the Ring and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 15, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: LES MIZ gets a new 'Javert' tonight, Broadway honors Lauren Bacall, and Sunday sees Neil Patrick Harris's final HEDWIG performance and ROCKY's last match on Broadway but welcomes POOR BEHAVIOR to the off-Broadway lineup! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: ONCE Cast Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2014

The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Once just took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been dominating social media all week. Who'd they challenge in return? The casts of Pippin, Les Miserables and Once on tour. Hear's to hoping for more videos of Broadway casts underwater! (more...)

PIPPIN's Ariana DeBose Brings TYPED OUT to 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night with Ariana DeBose tonight, August 15, at 11PM. (more...)

Amy Van Norstrand Joins the Ensemble of Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Next week, Amy Van Norstrand will be joining the ensemble of Goodspeed Musicals' World Premiere production Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. (more...)

FringeNYC Adds Performances of CHEMISTRY, THE FLOOD and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

By popular demand (and venue availability), the 18th annual The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, announces additional performances for 5 of its sold out shows. (more...)

Austin Theatre Project's GODSPELL Opens Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Tomorrow, August 15th, the curtain will rise on Austin Theatre Project's tenth mainstage production. Godspell, the Broadway hit from the composer of Wicked and Pippin, is a delightfully engaging musical based on the story and teachings of Jesus. (more...)

Wharton Center 2014-2015 Season Tickets Go On Sale 8/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Individual tickets for the general public go on sale for the 2014-2015 season as of Monday, August 18th. (more...)

Breaking News: Sting and Patti LuPone to Headline UPRISING OF LOVE LGBT Benefit Concert at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

On Monday, September 15th, as the world converges upon New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative, Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) will present Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street). (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 13th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 13, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's the Mosh Pit's 5th Birthday! We start off with the Broadway In Chicago Millennium Park concert, and bring you casting news for 'Evil Dead' and Dee Snider's 'Christmas Tale,' plus the latest from the Marriott Theatre, two northside shows about popular music, The Improvised Sondheim Project and Aurora's cast of 'Cats!' I think I need some cake.... (more...)

Florida Native Issie Swickle to Star in ANNIE National Tour; Show Comes to Broward Center, 10/7-19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Troika Entertainment, LLC has announced that the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will launch September 26, 2014 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, MI. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. (more...)

Become a Broadway Investor Online; Fund the Upcoming ON THE TOWN Revival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Maxolev Productions (led by Howard & Janet Kagan) announces the launch of a new online investment platform (www.invest.maxolev.com) offering equity in Broadway productions, beginning with the upcoming revival of ON THE TOWN. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Different Interpretation of GODSPELL Plays at Totem Pole Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Aug 13, 2014

Artistic Director Rowan Joseph presents a new take on GODSPELL - with Jesus sharing bread, wine, and a funky chicken among his disciples. It's fresh, it's different, and it may be just slightly too much. But the cast -- ah, the cast. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/13/14 - 'NEVERLAND' and 'ELBOW' Open, Rannells on TONIGHT, Lauren Bacall and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 13, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: FINDING NEVERLAND opens in Boston, 'REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW' opens off-Broadway, and future HEDWIG star Andrew Rannells stops by THE TONIGHT SHOW! (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: Kate Baldwin, Jason Danieley to Star in Broadway-Bound CAN-CAN Revival at Paper Mill; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to open its 2014-2015 season with a Broadway-bound, world-class revival of Can-Can starring Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Jason Danieley as Aristide. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Set for Bay Area Cabaret's 2014 Opening Gala, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting audiences with top performers who expand the definition of cabaret, launches its 11th season this fall at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room with an Opening Night Gala celebrating the work of songwriter/composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, Enchanted, Prince of Egypt). The evening will feature two on-stage interviews with Mr. Schwartz by ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre Michael Kerker, and performances by Saturday Night Live's Ana Gasteyer, who performed the role of 'Elphaba' in Wicked on Broadway, and by two masterful interpreters of Schwartz' work, Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose. Bay Area Cabaret's Opening Night Gala Tribute to Stephen Swartz will take place 8 pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill, San Francisco. (more...)

PIPPIN Finds Its Next King! NEWSIES' John Dossett to Join Cast as 'Charles'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Beginning Tuesday, August 26th, John Dossett will join the all-new Tony Award winning production of Pippin in the role of 'Charles.' Pippin is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). Tony Award winner John Rubinstein departs the production on Sunday, August 24 to join the national tour, which launches September 6 in Denver, CO. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Single Tickets Go on Sale 9/13 in Kitchener
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards , including Best Musical, and Broadway Across Canada announced today that single tickets will go on sale Saturday September 13 at 10:00am in Kitchener (more...)

Four Season's Theatre to Begin 75th Anniversary Season With KISS ME, KATE, 8/22-8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Kiss Me, Kate will be the first production at the Four Season's historic Union Theater after two full years of renovations. (more...)

SIDE SHOW Announces Full Broadway Creative Team! Cookie Jordan, Paul Kieve, Charles LaPointe & More Join Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Making his Broadway debut, Director and Academy Award® winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2) just announced his creative 'dream team' behind the look and feel of his critically-lauded reimagining of the musical Side Show which opens on Broadway this fall. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 8/10/14
by - Aug 11, 2014

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 8/10/2014. (more...)

The Broadway Experience Wraps Seventh Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

The Broadway Experience returned for a seventh summer program at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center from July 28th - August 10th. With over 20 professional educators from the Broadway community, TBE offered over 75 classes, workshops, lectures, a performance based second week and invited Jonathan Groff as guest speaker. Jonathan spoke about his life on and off the stage, and took the time to answer questions and offer advice and inspiration. He was even kind enough to give an impromptu performance from Disney's recent hit film, Frozen. (more...)

PIPPIN National Tour Coming to Segerstrom Center, 11/11-23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

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. Tickets to Pippin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts are available now by subscribing to the 2014 - 2015 Broadway Series. Single tickets start at $29 and will go on sale Monday, August 18 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 22 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from BROADWAY GETS GLAAD at Joe's Pub - Scott Alan, Natalie Weiss and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 11, 2014

Broadway Gets GLAAD: A Benefit Concert was produced by Kayla Greenspan and August Laska. Music Direction by Mark Galinovsky. On Monday, August 4th, eleven emerging and established Broadway performers starred in Broadway Gets GLAAD, a concert to benefit GLAAD, the leading organization in support of a positive LGBT image in the entertainment industry. You can watch all of the performances below! (more...)

Broadway Ticket Buying Guide: August 11-17, 2014
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 11, 2014

This is your last week to get in the ring with Rocky, which will conclude its run at the Winter Garden Theater on August 17. Get your tickets now before its gone forever! (more...)

Ariana DeBose and Caissie Levy Join OYEN SINGS OYEN at Don't Tell Mama This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Oyen Sings Oyen: An Intimate Evening With Alexander Sage Oyen is set for Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues on Monday, August 25th and Thursday, August 28th at 7:30pm. Directed by Max Friedman. On August 25th only, Ariana DeBose (Pippin, Motown) and Caissie Levy (Les Miserables, Ghost) will join Oyen on stage. Special guests for the August 28th performance to be announced. (more...)

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