Amas's Rosetta Lenoire Musical Theatre Academy To Stage PIPPIN
Amas Musical Theatre's Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy will present Pippin, the multiple Tony Award-winning musical (1972, original and 2013, revival) with book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Performances will begin on Friday, May 10, 2019 (and continue through May 12) at The Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street - between 9th & 10th Aves). Tickets are $20 (adults) and $17 (students & seniors) and can be purchased at www.amasmusical.org. For group rates please call (212) 563-2565.
As told by a traveling troupe of actors led by the cunning and charming Leading Player, Pippin is the story of a young prince, heir to the throne, who is searching for his own "corner of the sky." Pippin returns from university certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life. As encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious and lusty sexual entanglements, and savvy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought. With infectious tunes by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, Pippin is both a humorous allegory about growing up and a dark tale of the danger of false appearances and empty promises.
"Pippin is a wonderful show for our students to showcase their talents," says Amas Artistic Producer Donna Trinkoff. "They have been working on their musical theatre skills since October with classes and rehearsals all day on Saturday. Their commitment and love of performing shines through."
The cast of 20 includes "Teen Academy" members: Nicholas Amodio, Raimi Bagwell, Cassandra Barckett, Alice Baum, Jamiel Burkhardt, Ruchi Chola, Alexis Dominguez, Stone Farrior, Rowen Fisher, Emily Lang, Marisa Luft, Lyla McAdams, Sophie Myers, Lexy Piton, Annalys Ramirez, Cece Simon, Mercedes Stewart, Nicole Suazo, Angel Tavarez, and Molly Viega.
The performance schedule for Pippin is Friday, May 10 @ 7:30pm; Saturday, May 11 @ 3pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, May 12@ 3:00pm.
Pippin was originally produced on the Broadway stage by Stuart Ostrow and directed by Bob Fosse. The 2013 Broadway revival was directed by Diane Paulus, with the ending originally conceived in 1998 by Mitch Sebastian.
The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy (formerly the "The Eubie Blake Youth Theatre"), named after the famed actress Rosetta LeNoire, has been in continuous operation since the 1970s. Students from all over the Metropolitan area receive training in the performing arts from established theatre professionals. Classes include acting technique, dance and movement, and music, including theory, training and vocal technique. The Academy has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, and on NY1. Theatre critic and former Drama Desk Committee Chair Peter Filichia called the Academy's production of Hello Dolly! the "Best Musical Revival of the New Season." The New York Times hailed "the Academy production of Virtual Families as "a spirited revival...that displayed the triple-threat talents of a teenaged multicultural ensemble..." The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Coalition of Theatres of Color Initiative of the New York City Council via the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by Ampacet Corporation, the Jean and Bill Cantor Scholarship Fund, the Alexander H. Gordon M.D. Memorial Fund, PMPediatrics, The Josephine Foundation, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation and through the generous support of many individuals.