Edwards, Dolenz, Ward, Lewis Set for Goodspeed Pippin

James Royce Edwards, Mickey Dolenz, Andre Ward and Shannon Lewis are among the complete cast of Pippin, running at the Goodspeed Opera House from July 14 - September 24.

Edwards (Altar Boyz, Hairspray) has been cast as Lewis, Dolenz (The Monkees, Aida) will play Charlemagne, Ward (Saturday Night Fever) will take on the role of the Leading Player and Lewis (Sweet Charity, Fosse) will be seen as Fastrada. They join the previously-announced Joshua Park (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) in the title role. In addition, Pippin will feature Jason Blaine as Theo, Barbara Marineau (The Women, Beauty and the Beast) as Berthe, and Teal Wicks as Catherine.

Sara Antkowiak-Maier, Stephen Brotebeck, Molly Tynes Corkern, Jason Dougherty, Dell Howlett, Ryan Kelly, Karl Maier, Lauren Marshall, Candy Olsen, Vincent Rodriguez III, Dana Winkle, Ashley Arcement, and Brandon Tyler Fields will comprise the ensemble.

After its run at East Haddam, CT playhouse, Pippin will set off on a national tour (with details to be announced).

"A surprise waits around every corner as Pippin wanders through the worlds of politics, love and war before finding his true calling — home and family," state notes for the show, which includes "Magic to Do," "Corner of the Sky," "With You" and other songs in its score. Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party) will direct, and Mark Dendy will choreograph Pippin.

The show will boast sets by
Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Liz Prince, and lighting by Kevin Adams. Michael O'Flaherty will provide music direction, Mark Hartman will conduc, and Michael Crotier and David Chiapeta will handle orchestrations.

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and Fosse and a pop-infused score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), Pippin won the 1973 Tony Award for Best Musical when it opened at the Imperial Theatre on October 23rd, 1972 to run for 1, 944 performances. The original production, which was staged by Bob Fosse, starred John Rubinstein as Pippin, Jill Clayburgh as Catherine, Irene Ryan as Berthe, Leland Palmer as Fastrada and Ben Vereen as the Leading Player (with the latter winning a Tony Award for Best Actor).

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