Ages: 9+
Opened: October 23, 1972
Closing: June 12, 1977

Pippin - 1972 - Broadway History , Info & More

Imperial Theatre (Broadway)
249 West 45th St. New York, NY

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 “corner of the sky”. 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.

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To Be a King
Goodbye, Yesterday
Run into Your Arms
Father Said
They Will Listen to You
I Don't Owe You a Thing
Begging Milady's Pardon
A Simple Dance
While You Were Away
Easy to Be Happy
Pippin, Pippin
The Next King
Come with Me
Somebody Loves You
My Son
Magic to Do
Corner of the Sky
Welcome Home
War Is a Science
Simple Joys
No Time at All
With You
Spread a Little Sunshine
Morning Glow
On the Right Track
Kind of Woman
Love Song
I Guess I'll Miss the Man
Think About Your Life
Marking Time
Just Between the Two of Us
Sing Hallelujah
Man, He Is a Timid Beast
Save Tomorrow for Me
Everyday Things
It's a Wonderful Time of Life
It Never Was There
The Good Time Ladies Rag
Somebody Loves You
Magic To Do
Corner of the Sky
War is a Science
Simple Joys
No Time at All
With You
Spread a Little Sunshine
Morning Glow
Right Track
Kind Of Woman
Love Song
I Guess I'll Miss the Man
Pippin has had 11 productions including which opened in 1967, Broadway which opened in 1972, Broadway which opened in 1972, West End which opened in 1973, Australia which opened in 1974, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 2000, Regional (US) which opened in 2005, which opened in 2005, East Haddam, CT (Regional) which opened in 2006, Broadway which opened in 2013 and US Tour which opened in 2014.
Best Musical , , Best Book of a Musical for Roger O. Hirson, Best Choreography for Bob Fosse, Best Costume Design for Patricia Zipprodt, Best Direction of a Musical for Bob Fosse , Best Lighting Design for Jules FisherBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Stephen Schwartz and Best Scenic Design for Tony Walton.
Best Book of a Musical for Roger O. Hirson Best Choreography for Bob Fosse, Best Costume Design for Patricia Zipprodt, Best Direction of a Musical for Bob Fosse , Best Lighting Design for Jules Fisher, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Stephen Schwartz, Best Scenic Design for Tony Walton, .
Pippin has been nominated for the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for John Rubinstein.
Pippin has won the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for John Rubinstein.



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