“Pippin” Finds Its Corner of Broadway

Michael J. Lutch

The warmly received American Repertory Theater production of “Pippin,” now ending its run in Cambridge, Mass., has been confirmed for a Broadway run this spring.

The 40th anniversary staging of the uplifting coming-of-age musical -- you probably know someone who did it in high school -- will be directed by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus, who was Tony-nominated for her last two Broadway shows, “Hair” and “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.”

"Pippin" will begin previews at the Music Box Theatre on March 23, ahead of an April 25 opening. The musical, about the inquisitive son of French king Charlemagne, has a book by Roger O. Hirson, and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”).

New York casting is yet to be finalized, but the Massachusetts run stars Matthew James Thomas as the title character, Patina Miller as Leading Player, Andrea Martin as Berthe, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Terrence Mann as King Charles.

The original production of “Pippin,” directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977.

The show is noted for Broadway standards such as “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “l Guess I’ll Miss The Man,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow” and “Love Song.” Below, Paulus explains what makes the show extraordinary, as Pippin himself might say, in a video from the A.R.T.’s Web site. 

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