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Freud Playhouse ( Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles, CA

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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 ďcorner of the skyĒ. 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.



Harris 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...)

'SYLVESTER' and 'PHYLLIS HYMAN' to Play The Gramercy This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

A friendly reminder! AnthonyKen LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph / The Diva Foundation will present the two hit biographical musicals MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL and AN EVENING WITH PHYLLIS HYMAN together for one weekend only at The Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd Street) this May. (more...)

EXTENSION: STRANGEST THINGS! THE MUSICAL Extends Through 7/8 at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Due to popular demand, Random Acts and Greenhouse Theater Center are pleased to announce a second extension of the hit world premiere STRANGEST THINGS! THE MUSICAL by Bryan Renaud and Emily Schmidt and directed and choreographed by Tommy Rivera-Vega. The runaway hit based on the popular Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things, currently scheduled through May 13, 2017, will add an additional six-week block of performances from June 3 - July 8, 2017 at Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for all performances are currently available ?t greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336.  (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2017 Rising Star Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

As one of the nation's leading professional theaters and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows to Broadway. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Offering $5 Lottery for BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Playwrights Horizons begins accepting entries today, Monday, May 8 at 12 Noon, for the LIVEforFIVE online lottery for $5 tickets to their world premiere production of BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Obie Award winner Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Playwrights, Miracle Brothers). (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' with Two-Time Tony Nominee Lewis Stradlen
by Behind the Curtain - May 8, 2017

Brilliant. Hysterical. Dangerous. Those three words best sum up veteran character actor Lewis Stadlen. A two time Tony nominee, Lewis has seen it all and has worked with the best. His many credits include MINNIE'S BOYS, the 1974 revival of CANDIDE, the 1996 revival of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THE PRODUCERS, GUYS AND DOLLS, plus four Neil Simon premieres. And, now, Lewis sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on his journey; unedited and unfiltered.  (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: Being Nominated Is Good for Her- Rachel Bay Jones Reflects on Her DEAR EVAN HANSEN Journey
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 8, 2017

According to Rachel Bay Jones, being nominated for a Tony isn't as nerve wracking as she thought, but just, 'a big party, where I get to see the people that I love.' Rachel is one of the many people nominated from DEAR EVAN HANSEN, where her performance earned her a Tony nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical. Below, watch as she chats about what it's like to work with Ben Platt and how much she loves her fellow cast mates!  (more...)

Starlight Theatre Announces 2017 Blue Star Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

Yesterday, high school theatre students and instructors across metropolitan Kansas City and in neighboring communities received the good news that they had received nominations for the 15th Anniversary Blue Star Awards from Starlight Theatre. Starlight leaders, staff and board members personally delivered 132 nominations to 42 area high schools. On Thursday night, May 25, winners of the 2017 Blue Star Awards will receive their honors in a public ceremony on Starlight Theatre's Cohen Community Stage. (more...)

Sharing is Caring: A Short History of Tony Ties, Multiple Wins, and Split Performances on the Great White Way
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 6, 2017

This season, Manhattan Theatre Club stunned and excited theatregoers when it was announced that Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, two of the most formidable females of stage and screen, would be returning to the boards in an unconventional new revival of Lillian Hellman's family drama, The Little Foxes. (more...)

Broadway in Boston Engagement of FINDING NEVERLAND On Sale 5/7
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Broadway In Boston, announced today that tickets for the upcoming Boston engagement of FINDING NEVERLAND will go on sale to the public this Sunday, May 7th.  FINDING NEVERLAND will play a limited two week engagement at the Boston Opera House August 8-20, 2017 as part of the 2016-2017 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Nominees Announced for 2017 Broadway Global Producer of the Year
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Broadway Global has announced the nominees for the 2017 Producer of the Year. The 2016 winners, Cathy Rigby McCoy & Tom McCoy, the first woman and first couple ever chosen as Producers of the Year (we couldn't honor one, without the other). Cathy & Tom, chosen unanimously by the Board of Directors, are the very definition of the Broadway Global mission statement. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Chats with the Legendary Betty Buckley
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2017

On Tuesday, May 23rd the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony winner and Broadway legend Betty Buckley. For the episode, Buckley shares hilarious and fascinating stories from her nearly five decades as a Broadway and West End star. She also shares cuts from her new album STORY SONGS. (more...)

WICKED in Cincinnati- Tickets On Sale Now!
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster and Cincinnati's most popular musical will return to the Aronoff Center September 13 - October 15, 2017 as a season special for the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati's 17/18 Season presented by TriHealth. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now and available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks Millie, Elle, and Lola with Tony-Winning Producer Hal Luftig
by Behind the Curtain - May 22, 2017

Everything today is thoroughly Hal....Luftig, that is! Four time Tony Award winning producer Hal Luftig swings by Shetler Studios to look back on his career of hits including THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, LEGALLY BLONDE, and KINKY BOOTS. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tyler Jacobson, of PIPPIN, Coming to the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside
by Audrey Liebross - May 22, 2017

The national tour of Pippin is coming to the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, for two shows only, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Naysh Fox plays the title character, and Housso Semon showcases her powerful voice as the 'Leading Player.' Broadway World interviewed Tyler Jacobson, who is one of the show's acrobats. (more...)

BWW Review: WICKED at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - May 20, 2017

Good Triumphs Over All in WICKED. It's hard to know if in 1900 L. Frank Baum ever imagined there would be an afterlife to his children's book 'The Wizard of Oz,' but in 1939 MGM capitalized on book's wide appeal and their film version has became a staple in every child's movie experience. Flash forward 64 years to what can best be described as a prequel to Dorothy's famous journey, and you have the megamusical WICKED, which has become almost as popular as the MGM film. (more...)

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Richard Kind and More at Bay Street Theater's CURTAIN UP Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced that The 6th Annual Honors Benefit: Curtain Up! took place on Monday, May 15 from 6-8 pm at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York City. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

WAR PAINT Cast Recording Available for Pre-Order; Receive Two Singles Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Ghostlight Records¬†will release the¬†Original Broadway Cast Recording¬†of the new musical¬†WAR PAINT¬†¬Ė starring two-time Tony Award winners¬†Patti LuPone¬†and¬†Christine Ebersole¬†¬Ė¬†in digital formats on¬†Friday, May 26. The CD version will be available online and in stores in mid-July.¬†The musical, currently running at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st¬†Street),¬†played a sold-out run in Chicago last summer where it became the most successful show in Goodman Theatre's history.¬†WAR PAINT¬†is nominated for four 2017 Tony Awards, including ¬ďBest Actress in a Musical¬Ē for¬†both¬†of the leading ladies.¬†Starting today, May 19, customers that pre-order the album via¬†Apple Music¬†will immediately receive the second single¬†¬ďIf I'd Been A Man¬Ē¬†¬Ė the stirring duet between LuPone and Ebersole ¬Ė in addition to the previously available single¬†¬ďBack on Top.¬Ē (more...)

Tony Yazbeck, Christopher Jackson, Tituss Burgess, Julia Murney and More Sing Broadway Lullabies on New Album
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

This June, Broadway babies Vasthy Mompoint (Rocky; The Spongebob Musical) and Jen Malenke (Into The Woods; Disney's High School Musical), the founders and creators of the much-needed industry service Broadway Babysitters, will release an album of children's lullabies entitled 'Broadway Lullabies.' (more...)

Honoring the Composers Who Soundtrack Our Lives
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

ASCAP honored our tremendously talented composers of TV, film and video game music at the Screen Music Awards on Tuesday, May 16. A who's who of scoring for screens small, silver and everything in between flocked to LA's historic Wiltern Theatre for a night of dazzling performances, tender tributes and appreciation for the musical masterminds behind America's favorite screen entertainment. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Woody Allen's Only Musical and Spotify
by Behind the Curtain - May 18, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Woody Allen's only movie musical & a great resource for obscure cast recordings! (more...)

VIDEO: Megan Hilty Honors Stephen Schwartz with 'Corner of the Sky' Performance
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Screen and stage composing legend Stephen Schwartz was honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Schwartz Honored at ASCAP Awards; Megan Hilty Performs 'Corner of the Sky'
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Screen and stage composing legend Stephen Schwartz was honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and celebrated with multiple live performances. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Raul Esparza, Jeremy Jordan, Patina Miller and More Celebrate Stephen Schwartz at Classic Stage Company's Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Gabriel Ebert, Raul Esparza, Ann Harada, Judy Kuhn, Jeremy Jordan, Patina Miller, Jason Sudeikis, George Takei, Broadway Inspirational Voices and many others headlined 'Musical Masterworks, The Music of Stephen Schwartz,' a gala benefit for Off-Broadway's esteemed Classic Stage Company last night, May 15, 2017, at Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway). The performance was directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, CSC's Artistic Director. BroadwayWorld has photos from the evening below! (more...)

Photo 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...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Celebrates Michael Greif at New York Theatre Workshop's 2017 Spring Gala!
by Walter McBride - May 16, 2017

Just last night, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) 2017 Spring Gala celebrated partnerships with honorees Dartmouth College, whose residency partnership with NYTW spans a quarter of a century; along with longtime NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony Award-nominated Director Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen, War Paint), who was an inaugural member of NYTW's 'New Directors Project' in 1984 and rose to prominence with his direction of Machinal at the Public and Rent at NYTW. (more...)

The Sun Comes Out at WBT with ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Inspired by Little Orphan Annie, the 1924 comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie is a heart-warming story, filled with adventure and laughs, that defines what family truly means. One of the longest running shows in Broadway history and the winner of seven Tony Awards, Annie, returns to the WBT stage from June 29 to September 10, 2017! (more...)

TN Shakespeare Company Stages THE COMEDY OF ERRORS 6/8-18
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis' Department of Theatre & Dance, presents William Shakespeare's madcap, joyous The Comedy of Errors on the U of M's Theatre Mainstage from June 8-18. (more...)

Tom Wopat and Kyle Dean Massey Join BROADWAY IN THE 'BURG
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Broadway favorites Tom Wopat (A Catered Affair, Annie Get Your Gun) and Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin, Next to Normal, Wicked) will perform in Hattiesburg, Miss. during Festival South, an annual creative arts festival, June 1-17. The Hub City Players will stage Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, whose memorable tunes by Tony nominees, Benj Pasik and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land) were recorded in 2015. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks about the Job of a Broadway Music Coordinator with John Miller
by Behind the Curtain - May 15, 2017

What does a musical coordinator do, you ask? Well, John Miller, one of Broadway's most respected in the field, swings by to discuss this pivotal role and some of his 100 plus Broadway credits... yes, that's right, 100 plus Broadway credits!  (more...)

Audra McDonald, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Jazz, Dance and More Set for NJPAC's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center announces its 20th anniversary 2017-18 season with the initial launch of more than 150 performances and special events, all wrapped into a festive new reimagining of the NJPAC brand identity. (more...)

The Musicalization of Animation: How Broadway Made the Big Screen Sing
by Nicole Rosky - May 13, 2017

In 1937, Snow White advised us to whistle while we work. In 1940, Jiminy Cricket taught us the power of wishing upon a star. Sleeping Beauty walked with us once upon a dream in 1959, and in 1967, Baloo gave us life lessons in the bare necessities. The stories we remember, but it's the songs from our favorite animated movies that have left an even deeper impression. (more...)

BWW Previews: FINDING NEVERLAND at BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
by John Lariviere - May 13, 2017

Finding Neverland  is coming to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts June 13 - 25, 2017. Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan (more...)

Terrence Mann Will Host CT Critics Circle Awards
by Lauren Yarger - May 13, 2017

Terrence Mann Hosts the 27th annual CT Critics Circle Awards June 26 at the Edgerton Center for the Arts in Fairfield. (more...)

Scoop: DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on THE CW - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
by - May 13, 2017

Get all the scoop on DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, airing on THE CW on Wednesday, May 31, 2017! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the 2017 Tony Nominees - DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Rachel Bay Jones
by Walter McBride - May 13, 2017

On May 3, the 2017 Tony nominees flocked to the Sofitel New York, where they met with the press for the first time since getting the big news. BroadwayWorld will continue bringing you coverage from the epic day over the next month, but for now, check out photos of Best Performance by and Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical nominee for Dear Evan Hansen- Rachel Bay Jones, as captured by Walter McBride! (more...)

Ghostlight Records Celebrates Today's Release of A BRONX TALE At Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Ghostlight Records will celebrate today's cast album release date of the hit musical A BRONX TALE with a special in-store performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on Friday, May 12 at 4:00 PM.  (more...)

WICKED Ticket Lottery Announces at Shea's
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to Shea's Buffalo Theatre with performances from May 17 - June 4.  Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Shea's 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...)

WICKED Goes on Sale Next Week at Fox Cities P.A.C.
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster and the Fox Cities' most popular musical, will return to the Fox Cities P.A.C. August 30 - September 10. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. (more...)

Shea's Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation presents the 24th Annual KENNY AWARDS!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Shea's Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation are proud to present the 24th Annual Kenny Awards Ceremony, an endeavor that recognizes the talent, dedication, and efforts of our local high school youth. (more...)

GREAT NEWS! NBC Orders Second Season of Andrea Martin-Led Comedy
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2017

NBC has ordered a second season of its freshman comedy GREAT NEWS, starring two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (Pippin, MY FAVORITE YEAR.) Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes. (more...)

THE WHIRLIGIG, Starring Zosia Mamet and Norbert Leo Butz, Extends at The New Group
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Due to demand, The New Group has announced an additional week for the company's world premiere production of Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig, with Noah Bean, Norbert Leo Butz, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Zosia Mamet, Jonny Orsini, Grace Van Patten and Dolly Wells.  (more...)

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts Announces 2017 Applause Awards Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts announces the 2017 recipients of the Applause Awards, boasting a range of students and talent from 32 schools in Central Florida. (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton to Reprise Roles in FREAKY FRIDAY at the Alley Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Alley Theatre announces the cast and creative team of its 2016-2017 season finale production - Disney's new musical Freaky Friday. (more...)

A+E Networks Partners With Herrick Entertainment For American BEAUTY STAR Hosted By Supermodel Adriana Lima
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2017

A+E Networks and Herrick Entertainment are partnering to make a new competition series, American Beauty Star, hosted by iconic international supermodel, Adriana Lima.  The series, which will air on Lifetime, brings together twelve celebrity stylists and salon professionals to compete in a series of challenges, from creating high-end editorial looks to the most current glam creations for red carpets and runway shows. At the end of the season, only one contestant will be named American Beauty Star.  Production begins in Los Angeles this June on ten, one-hour episodes. (more...)

The Monkees' Micky Dolenz to Perform at Feinstein's at the Nikko This August
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, Feinstein's at the Nikko is honored to welcome Micky Dolenz, the legendary lead singer of The Monkees, for two performances only-Friday, August 4 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, August 5 (7 p.m.). (more...)

TheatreWorks Announces Retirement of Robert Kelley After 50th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Ending one of the longest tenures in American theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced today that Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley will retire at the conclusion of the company's 50th season, 2019/2020. (more...)

2017 FREDDY Award Nominations Announced; Ceremony Will Be Broadcast Live from State Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Nominations for the 2017 FREDDY Awards were announced today, Thursday, May 11th, live on 69 WFMZ-TV during the Noon News broadcast. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats about WOMAN OF THE YEAR and KEAN
by Behind the Curtain - May 10, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: The schizophrenia of the 1970s, Mrs. Garrett slays Kander & Ebb, Bacall belts her face, why Lee Roy Reams is the best bartender, and Wright & Forrest start anew. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Announces 2017 Gene Kelly Award Nominees; Ceremony Set for May 27th!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the nominees for the 27th Annual Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater. The awards show will take place on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh. (more...)

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