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VIDEO: On This Day, April 25- PIPPIN Returns to Broadway!

The production featured a Tony-winning turn from Patina Miller as the Leading Player.

On this day in 2013, Diane Paulus' high-flying revival of Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theater!

Pippin is a 1972 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance.

The protagonist Pippin and his father Charlemagne are characters derived from two real-life individuals of the early Middle Ages, though the plot is fictional and presents no historical accuracy regarding either. The show was partially financed by Motown Records.

Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival, respectively, making them the first two actors of different genders to win a Tony for the same role.



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