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Pippin - 1972 - Broadway

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.

Schedule

Minskoff Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
200 W. 45th St.
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by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - May 7, 2021
You voted, now here they are! Meet our top 30 in the high school category.
by E.H. Reiter - May 5, 2021
There is always a sense of magic in the art of theatre, and SDSU ‘s PIPPIN streaming through May 8th invites you into the theatre to join them. After all, they have “Magic To Do” and they can’t do it without you.
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2021
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the return of live and in-person performances to its Mainstage with a production of Becoming Dr. Ruth, opening Friday, June 4, as part of the 30th anniversary summer season, Come Together.
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2021
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) has announced its 22nd anniversary 2021-2022 season, with the Maya Angelou-inspired theme, “And Still We Rise.”
by Stephi Wild - May 30, 2021
As previously announced, producers JAGGED LITTLE PILL the 15-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical, inspired by the ground-breaking album of the same name by Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette, is coming to Sydney. Audiences will be the first outside of Broadway to experience this electrifying and inspiring production from September 23rd as it premieres at Theatre Royal Sydney.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 3, 2021
A.R.T.'S May programming is set to includes the conclusion of Company One's “Hype Man” and the return of “The Conjurors Club” and more!
by Stephi Wild - May 27, 2021
I'm Still Here, a new virtual benefit for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Billy Rose Theatre Division, will stream on Broadway On Demand on June 23. The evening is a celebration of the division's 90th Anniversary, and the 50th  Anniversary of its beloved Theatre on Film and Tape Archive and will honor Harold Prince and George C. Wolfe. 
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 27, 2021
The Doo Wop Project returns with two shows on Sunday, June 27 at 2pm and 5pm.  Seating will be socially distanced, outside at the tent next to The Playhouse. 
by Patrick Honoré - May 26, 2021
In 2018 Ann Reinking came to Paris to train the cast for the French-language version of Chicago. I had the pleasure of chatting with her.
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2021
Today's top stories: Hadestown band diversity initiative, Les Miserables opens in Tokyo, and more!
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2021
Mott's recent 6 track collection features vocals by 'Frozen' on Broadway star Ciara Renée, 'Hamilton' standout Blaine Krauss, and 'American Idol' standout Pia Toscano.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 25, 2021
Wright had an extensive career on Broadway, including appearances as Mufasa in 'The Lion King' and replacing Ben Vereen in the original Broadway production of 'Pippin.'
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 24, 2021
As it becomes safe to gather in groups again, Starlight has announced that it will open to full capacity in June and invites Kansas Citians to Think Outside and Think Starlight as it prepares to host live entertainment for the first time since before the pandemic began.  The historic theatre celebrates its 70th year of Broadway under the stars in 2021.
by Stephi Wild - May 21, 2021
Earlier this week, the best of Broadway gathered for MCC's Miscast. The biggest stars of stage and screen once again took to the virtual stage to sing songs from roles in which they would not traditionally be cast, inviting theater fans from around the world to join in the celebration.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 21, 2021
On the heels of this week’s announcement by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker that all of the state’s businesses can reopen at 100% capacity as of May 29, Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown’s Art House theater, has announced a fittingly momentous lineup of music and comedy superstars for the summer 2021 season.
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2021
Pippin uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by the Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. The 'fourth wall' is broken numerous times during most traditional productions.
by Stephen Mosher - May 20, 2021
The wait is over, New York; Farah Alvin is back at The Green Room 42 to rock the house once more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2021
Tony Award winner Betty Buckley stars as a controversial celebrity psychic with blood on her hands in the latest Grand Guignolesque monologue play written & directed by Aaron Mark (The Horror of Dolores Roach), available exclusively on Audible beginning today, May 20th, 2021.
by Student Blogger: Emily Brooks - May 19, 2021
Soon after planning for this year’s Dolphin Show began in late winter 2020, the team faced a question: how on earth were they to produce a show that holds the record for being “the biggest student-produced musical in the country” in the midst of a global pandemic?
by Student Blogger: Alexandra Curnyn - May 19, 2021
I just finished all of my classes and finals for my degree! Currently, the emotions I'm feeling are all over the place, and I know that music only helps me contextualize said emotions. Therefore, I decided that making a playlist would not only help set the mood of starting a new chapter, but also make for a good blog post.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2021
Musicals at Richter, celebrating its 37th season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, has announced auditions for its 2021 season under the stars, featuring a main stage run of Stephen Schwartz's iconic musical 'Godspell,' playing July 23 through August 7.
by Nicole Rosky - May 17, 2021
Just last night, the best of Broadway gathered for MCC's Miscast- one of the most anticipated and exciting theater events in New York each year. The biggest stars of stage and screen once again took to the virtual stage to sing songs from roles in which they would not traditionally be cast, inviting theater fans from around the world to join in the celebration. 
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2021
The popular musical from the 70's is being staged in the round on a circular stage and incorporates everything from swings and trampolines to a live shower on stage.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 17, 2021
Northwestern University's The Dolphin Show has announced its 78th Annual Show: Pippin! Directed by Mary Tomei, choreographed by Sammi Tapper, music directed by Ezri Killeen & Lorenzo Pipino, and produced by Rachel Khutorsky, Paia Amelio, and Emma Flanders.
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2021
How do you spell D-A-N-C-E-R-S O-V-E-R F-O-R-T-Y? (Hint: D-A-N-C-E-R-S-O-V-E-R-4-0!) Well, if you didn't know, you're sure to find out that - and more - by the end of the all-star night of games, clips, and anecdotes that will take place as a benefit for DO40 (easy to spell!) on Monday, May 17th at 7:00 PM EDT.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - May 14, 2021
You voted, now here they are! Meet our top 15 of Next on Stage in the high school category.
by Stephi Wild - May 14, 2021
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have today confirmed initial principal casting for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which plays 31 July – 25 September.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 14, 2021
Jeff Award-winning director and HIV+ activist Christopher Pazdernik presents the 6th annual Belting for Life (formerly known as Chris’ Birthday Belt Fest), an annual benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ organizations. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2021
Eli Tokash, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, has announced the past two guests on TAKE A BOW. The seasoned vet of NINE BROADWAY SHOWS, John Bolton, joins Take A Bow. Charlie Alterman joins to bring a new field that has yet to be discussed on the podcast.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2021
Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price have announced that the 15-time Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill will reopen on Broadway on Thursday, October 21, 2021, ending a nineteen-month suspension of performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 11, 2021
An all-star night of games, clips, and anecdotes that will take place as a benefit for the Dancers Over 40 organization on Monday, May 17th at 7:00 PM EDT. The event is free to stream on YouTube.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2021
Producer Eric Krebs, in association with Amas Musical Theatre, announced today plans for a Broadway-bound production of the Off-Broadway hit Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, with book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, and directed and choreographed by Justin Ross Cohen. 
by Stephi Wild - Jun 9, 2021
A major new London production of 'Pippin' for an ensemble cast of eight players will run for 7 weeks, staged in the round, at Charing Cross Theatre from Wednesday 30 June - Saturday 14 August.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 9, 2021
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University held its Spring Celebration on Saturday, June 5, gathering friends, fans, and supporters from across the US and 21 countries around the world virtually to celebrate departing Executive Producer Diane Borger and for a first look at what’s to come from theater. 
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 9, 2021
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the 2021 Mainstage production Becoming Dr. Ruth, marking the return to live theater at Bay Street in more than 15 months, is now running through June 27.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 8, 2021
Following a unanimous decision at its June 8 meeting, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Board of Trustees has named Hassan Salem Chair-elect of the Board.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 7, 2021
Casting and performance dates have been announced for the Broadway run of Paradise Square, which will open on Broadway on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the Shubert Organization's Barrymore Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 6, 2021
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre is welcoming back a growing audience with its summer-season production of Pippin, the award-winning musical about a medieval prince and his search for a meaningful life.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 4, 2021
Pippin is set to open next week at the Shawnee Playhouse! The show will run June 12- June 20th. Pippin returns from university certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life. Pippin is both a humorous allegory about growing up and a dark tale of the danger of false appearances and empty promises.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2021
Designed to celebrate, support, and advocate for high school musical theatre education throughout central Ohio, the program evaluated nominated high school musical theatre students and productions from 12 participating high schools.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 3, 2021
Producers Joey Parnes and Nicole Fosse are aiming to bring the classic Bob Fosse musical back to Broadway in the 2022-23 theatre season. The production will be directed by original cast member Wayne Cilento.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 2, 2021
After producing five virtual events since the year began, this fun-filled evening of skits and songs, is produced live, outdoors, on Saturdays throughout the summer, beginning on June 12.       
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 2, 2021
Uproar Theatrics, a new digital theatrical licensing company, has been created to transform how regional, school, stock, and amateur groups license plays and musicals.  Uproar Theatrics is expanding the theatrical pipeline to bring thrilling, fresh theatre to creators and audiences across America.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Jun 2, 2021
Contestant Mia Cherise Hall shares a memory from seeing a production of Pippin, her time at the Jimmy Awards, and more!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 2, 2021
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre, announces the return of its summer cabaret series, MTC's Hot Summer Nights.
by Peter Nason - Jun 12, 2021
Based on a notoriously deranged German children's book, it's a theatrical marvel...but will audiences get it?
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 11, 2021
Signature Theatre has announced a private reading of the new musical Big Country. The reading stars LaChanze (Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Color Purple) as Addie Moore and Terrence Mann (Broadway’s Tuck Everlasting, Pippin) as Louis Waters. The reading on June 11 is closed to the public.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 11, 2021
The “Singular Sensation”, A Chorus Line: High School Edition, will be the first production at The Gateway for 2021 - A Chorus Line: High School Edition, on stage, opening June 19 through July 3. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2021
Michael Ritchie announced that he will retire as Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group on December 31, 2021. Having taken over the position from Founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson in January, 2005, for more than 16 years, Ritchie has led one of the country’s largest nonprofit regional theatres, producing and presenting 266 productions.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jun 1, 2021
The United States Of Al is about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Al), the Interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan.