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(Piccadilly Circus) Haymarket
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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.



Hershey Area Playhouse Presents CHILDREN OF EDEN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2017

Go back thousands of years for a unique and personal look at the first book of the Bible as Hershey Area Playhouse presents its summer musical, Children of Eden. (more...)

Photo Flash: PIPPIN at The Firehouse Theatre
by Kyle Christopher West - Jul 8, 2017

The Firehouse Theatre (2016 BWW Award for Best Theatrical Venue under 500 Seats) in Farmers Branch, TX, unveils their big summer musical of Pippin, by Steven Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. Pippin was originally directed for the Broadway stage in 1972 by Bob Fosse, and the 2013 Broadway revival earned 4 Tony awards including Best Musical Revival. The Firehouse Theatre will present their summer musical in a Big Top Circus presentation, similar to the style of the Broadway Revival production, including aerial performers, magic tricks, and death defying acts! Pippin runs July 19th through August 20th, with show times Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets and more information can be found at www.TheFirehouseTheatre.com or call 972-620-3747. (more...)

Soluna Studio to Produce PIPPIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2017

SoLuna Studio will produce the interactive circus-themed musical Pippin as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running July 14th-August 6th. Performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Tituss Burgess Audition for SPIDERMAN on Kimmy Schmidt
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

In honor of the new Spiderman movie being released today, Netflix has released an extended clip of Tituss Burgess singing a song from their fictional version of a Spiderman musical, from their series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Circus Comes to Town! PIPPIN's Holland Vavra and Thomas Williams Take Us Under the Big Top
by Natalie de la Garza - Jul 7, 2017

The Tony Award-winning musical Pippin comes to the Miller Outdoor Theatre, courtesy of TUTS, for six free performances. (more...)

Princeton Summer Theater's 48th Season Continues with Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEB
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

After an extremely successful three-weekend run of Pippin, Princeton Summer Theater's 2017 season continues next Thursday, July 13th with Agatha Christie's Spider's Web. (more...)

Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND Coming to Omaha's Orpheum Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Omaha Performing Arts is pleased to announce tickets for FINDING NEVERLAND go on sale to the public on Friday July 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM. FINDING NEVERLAND will play Omaha's Orpheum Theater, 409 South 16th Street, Wednesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 15, 2017. (more...)

Ellen Burstyn, André De Shields & More Will Star in John Doyle-Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the full cast for AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle. The production will run at Bay Street Theater from August 8 - September 3. The production will star Hannah Cabell (The Father, Men on Boats, Major Barbara) as Rosalind, Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist) as Jacques, and Andre De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin', The Wiz) as Touchstone. (more...)

Greenbrier Valley Theatre presents MOON OVER BUFFALO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, presents a Ken Ludwig masterpiece, Moon Over Buffalo. This outrageous comedy will run June 30 & July 1, July 6-8, July 12-14 and July 19-22 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance July 22 at 2:30 p.m. (more...)

Accessibility Dates Announced for ROMEO & JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is pleased to continue its Common Access Initiative as part of its 22nd season of FREE SHAKESPEARE ON THE COMMON Romeo & Juliet runs July 19 - August 6 on the Boston Common.  Since its founding in 1996, CSC has offered one American Sign Language performance each season.  (more...)

VIDEO: Cast Has 'Magic To Do' in Rehearsal for PIPPIN at TUTS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

In the video below, watch the cast of the all-new Theatre Under The Stars production of Pippin rehearse the famous opening number 'Magic To Do' before the show opens at Miller Outdoor Theatre on July 11th! (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Bricks Creator Visits CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Actors Backstage with Special Legos
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 5, 2017

Jack Abrams, creator of Broadway Bricks, custom made Legos that resemble Broadway roles, is at it again! The teen recently made specialty Charlie Bucket Legos for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's child stars Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell, and surprised the guys with their very own Legos to add to their growing collection backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz's PRINCE OF EGYPT Musical Readies for Fall Silicon Valley Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

As previously announced, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its mission to bring new works to Bay Area audiences with the World Premiere of The Prince of Egypt, a soaring celebration of the human spirit inspired by the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, running October 6 - November 5, 2017 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Betty Buckley to Perform from New Album STORY SONGS at Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have announced the concert series Music Mondays begins on Monday, July 10 at 8 pm. The first performer is Tony Award-winning Betty Buckley, best known for her work in Broadway's Cats and Sunset Boulevard. (more...)

Summer Arts Intensive presents GREASE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

GREASE is the word for six performances scheduled July 27, 28, 29, 31 & August 1 at 7:30pm and July 30 at 2:30pm. This local production showcases a cast, crew, and orchestra of high school and college-aged artists capturing the look and sound of this beloved 1950s rock n' roll celebration of teen angst, fast cars, and first loves.   (more...)

Photo Flash: The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 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 toSeptember 10, 2017! (more...)

Lucie Arnaz to Headline New York Pops' Fall Cabaret Fundraiser at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

On September 25, 2017, The New York Pops will return to Feinstein's/54 Below in Manhattan, NY, for a cabaret performance starring the Emmy Award-winning TV and Broadway sensation Lucie Arnaz. (more...)

BWW Interview: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Julissa Sabino Opens up About Her Journey as Esmeralda
by Sally Henry - Jul 3, 2017

At the end of this month, prolific Atlanta leading lady Julissa Sabino is stepping into the shoes of the most un-princess-like of Disney heroines. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN at SoLuna Studios
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - Jul 22, 2017

It was a magical night at the SoLuna Studio as the exceptional cast of 'Pippin' graced the stage, sang and danced in the aisles, and at times, wound up performing in our laps. Composer Stephen Schwartz' masterpiece is brought to life by a talented bunch of young actors and actresses who are certainly on their way to Broadway. Not only does this energetic cast perform the entire 1972 Broadway musical with great gusto and pride but they also created an exceptional circus atmosphere, reminiscent of the 2013 Broadway revival, which brought 'Pippin' to a whole new exciting level. (more...)

BWW Interview: Meet the Producers of DOG SEES GOD
by Erica Garcia - Jul 20, 2017

Interview with Executive Producers Joey Maya Safchik, Chandler David, Judy Durkin, and Charlotte Weinman of DOG SEES GOD at The Blank Theater (more...)

Joshua Jackson-Led CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD Coming to Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Berkshire Theatre Group is currently presenting (through July 22) the Tony Award-winning Children of a Lesser God, directed by Tony Award-winner, Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun). Now according to the New York Post, producers have their eyes on the show for Broadway. Michael Riedel writes that Hal Luftig is waiting to confirm a theatre for a spring 2018 transfer. (more...)

Photo Flash: Aurora Theatre presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

Based on the Victor Hugo novel, this epic musical traces the journey of Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer in a cold, cathedral tower as he discovers his inner strength. His guardian, Archdeacon Frollo, seethes as all of Paris readies for the annual Feast of Fools. Frollo becomes obsessed with scouring the Gypsies from the city, even as he lusts after the beautiful dancer Esmeralda. (more...)

Broadway Alum Annie Potts Signs On to CBS's YOUNG SHELDON
by TV News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Annie Potts has joined the cast of CBS's BIG BANG THEORY spin-off series YOUNG SHELDON.  The series marks a return to television for Potts who is best known for her starring role in DESIGNING WOMEN.  (more...)

Stephen Bogardus to Star in SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Musical Adaptation at Delaware Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Delaware Theatre Company captures lightning in a bottle with the World Premiere musical adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the classic best-selling novel by Ray Bradbury. The spine-tingling tale of a traveling carnival that mysteriously arrives in a small town is woven on stage with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill (Broadway: The Story of My Life). (more...)

Tony Winners and More Visit Summer Intensive at Broadway Method Academy
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

???????The students of the Summer Musical Theater Intensive at Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield, CT had the amazing opportunity to work with Tony Award Winner, Kelli O'Hara (Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, King & I).  The Tony Winner shared stories of her theatrical journey and spoke of the importance of capitalizing on uniqueness. Students had the chance to ask O'Hara questions about life and the business, and a few were able to sing for the Tony winner. Students were extremely grateful to take part in such a special experience. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 7/11/2017 - 7/18/2017
by - Jul 18, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/11/2017 - 7/18/2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: For the Creators of The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts' World Premiere Musical, THE KIDS' TABLE isn't Such a Bad Place to Be.
by Elliot Lanes - Jul 17, 2017

When arts in education institutions produce musicals, they tend to stick with titles that everyone is likely to recognize. For the past 25 years DC's very own Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts has produced musicals that fall into this category ¬Ė for example, Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar with their Musical Theatre Institute for Teens, as well as other lesser known shows like Side Show ¬Ė but what other teen program has embarked on the journey of premiering a new show? None that I know of, which is why I keep on singing The Theatre Lab's praises. (more...)

New Musical COME LIGHT MY CIGARETTE Coming to Theater at St. Clement's This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

MC Theatrical Productions has announced that it will present COME LIGHT MY CIGARETTE, a suspenseful new musical written and directed by Arnold L. Cohen, with music direction by Mason Griffin, August 8th - September 3rd at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street).  The official opening will be on August 17th at 7PM. (more...)

A.R.T. Institute to Suspend Admissions in Three-Year Hiatus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Harvard University's ART Institute, the university's graduate-level theater program within the American Repertory Theater, has announced a three-year admissions suspensions while administrators implement a strategic plan to stabilize the troubled program. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz Set for Afternoon of Stories & Songs at Glimmerglass
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

The Glimmerglass Festival presents award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz in an afternoon of stories and songs at the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Friday, July 21, at 4:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Vlog: PIPPIN at The Firehouse Theatre, Vlog #2
by Kyle Christopher West - Jul 17, 2017

Will Carlton (Pippin) gives a sneak peak at the rehearsal process of The Firehouse Theatre's Big Summer Musical, Pippin. The Firehouse Theatre will offer two $13 Preview performances of Pippin on Wednesday July 19th, and Thursday July 20th. And a Special 'Charlemagne Champagne' Opening Night on Friday July 21st. Join us for the Magic. For tickets and more information, visit www.TheFirehouseTheatre.com. (more...)

Ghostlight Records Releases New Single from Alice Ripley Helmed BUBBLE BOY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Ghostlight Records will release of the Original Cast Recording of Bubble Boy, the new musical based on the 2001 cult classic film of the same name, in both digital and physical formats on Friday, July 28. The show is created by Cinco Paul (music, lyrics and book) and Ken Daurio (book), writers of the international hit animated films The Secret Life of Pets, Horton Hears a Who!, The Lorax, and Despicable Me 1, 2 & 3. Bubble Boy is the second major project for Daurio and Paul this summer, with their new film Despicable Me 3 currently in cinemas nationwide. Starting today, Friday, July 14, customers that pre-order the album via Apple Music will immediately receive the second single 'Falling for the Boy.' A new music video is available here. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/14 - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HOOD, and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 14, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HOOD, Pippin, and more! (more...)

Tovah Feldshuh to Romp Into Feinstein's/54 Below This August with AGING IS OPTIONAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Tovah Feldshuh in AGING IS OPTIONAL on August 1st & 3rd, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of PIPPIN at SoLuna Studio
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

SoLuna Studio will produce the interactive circus-themed musical Pippin as a part their professional mainstage season, with performances running tonight, July 14th, through August 6th. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company below! (more...)

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a Musical Lover's Delight
by Misha Davenport - Jul 13, 2017

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a Musical Lover's Delight (more...)

TRU to Host 'Is Off-Broadway Broken?' Panel This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present theTRU July Panel - Is Off-Broadway Broken? And Can We Fix It? on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theater. (more...)

Come One, Come All for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at UD Summer Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Something big is coming to the Philadelphia region. Upper Darby Summer Stage presents the Philadelphia regional premiere of  "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" on July 28 & 29, August 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm and July 29 and August 5 at 1:30 pm. Performances take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. (more...)

BWW Review: Jenny Taylor Moodie - PIPPIN Treads Shallow Waters With Excellent Staging And Choreography
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Jul 13, 2017

If you're going to see this production of Pippin, go for Michelle Gaudette's inspired choreography and Holland Vavra's unflagging singing voice. If you want more than great musical numbers and excellent dancing Pippin will probably not do it for you. (more...)

BWW Review: Gary Laird - PIPPIN Has Magic To Do at Miller Outdoor Theatre
by Gary Laird - Jul 13, 2017

It's a show business aphorism that the meaning of the musical Pippin, first produced on Broadway in 1972, is anybody's guess. I can go along with that. (more...)

Photo Flash: Get a Magical First Look at PIPPIN at TUTS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

The all-new Theatre Under The Stars production of Pippin just opened at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on July 11th, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

BWW TV: PIPPIN Finds Its 'Corner of the Sky' at TUTS - Watch Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 13, 2017

TUTSThe all-new Theatre Under The Stars production of Pippin just opened at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on July 11th, and BroadwayWorld has footage from the show below! (more...)

KIMMY SCHMIDT's Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess React to Emmy Noms
by TV News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Today, Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, stars of Netflix's UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT reacted to this morning's news that they had received nominations for the 69th Annual EMMY AWARDS. Check out their statements below (more...)

Grammy Winner Thomas Young Joins Jeff Perry in STANDUP SHAKESPEARE 7/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces a change in the casting of the LookOut Series Concert Reading of Standup Shakespeare. This event, which is a benefit concert reading for the theatre, will still feature the extraordinary talent of Steppenwolf co-founder Jeff Perry and Broadway legend Alice Ripley. Joining them will be Grammy and Clio Award-winning Opera singer Thomas Young, who was in the original Off-Broadway production directed by Mike Nichols and is featured on the Standup Shakespeare cabaret review album recorded in 1995. (more...)

50th Anniversary Production of HAIR Extends Through 2018; Initial Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

HAIR's new 50th anniversary production is to have a HAIR extension through to New Year 2018! The show was due to run until early December but already due to popular demand the show is now extending for a further 6 weeks to SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2018 - the perfect night out especially over the Festive Season! (more...)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to Co-Direct EVERYBODY as Part of Juilliard Drama's 2017-18 Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Juilliard Drama, celebrating its 50th anniversary, announces its 2017-18 season of fully staged productions featuring Juilliard's Group 47 acting students in their fourth and final year in the drama program. (more...)

BWW VLOG: PIPPIN at The Firehouse Theatre
by Kyle Christopher West - Jul 11, 2017

Will Carlton (Pippin) gives a sneak peak at the rehearsal process of The Firehouse Theatre's Big Summer Musical, Pippin. The Firehouse Theatre will offer two $13 Preview performances of Pippin on Wednesday July 19th, and Thursday July 20th. And a Special 'Charlemange Champagne' Opening Night on Friday July 21st. Join us for the Magic. For tickets and more information, visit www.TheFirehouseTheatre.com (more...)

Hillbarn Theatre Kicks Off Its 2017¬Ė18 Season with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula's premier theatre company, kicks off its 2017-18 season with the Peninsula premiere of the epic new musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (August 24-September 10, 2017). Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins as the bells of Notre Dame resound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. (more...)

Broadway's Kyle Dean Massey to Perform at The Cabaret this Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Kyle Dean Massey, star of Broadway's Next to Normal, Wicked, and Pippin, as well as the ABC series Nashville, will present his acclaimed cabaret show in Indianapolis on July 28. (more...)

PIPPIN Comes to Fair Lawn Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. But where will Pippin find extraordinary happiness? (more...)

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