Tony-Winning Revival of “Pippin” Set to Close in 2015

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Joan Marcus

Looks like the circus is leaving town.

The Tony Award-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s musical “Pippin” will pack up its tent for good on Jan. 4 at the Music Box Theatre after  709 regular performances and 37 previews.

“Pippin” tells the story of a young prince searching for meaning in his life, and the mysterious group of performers who help him explore his options. The musical features a number of showtune standards, including “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “Magic to Do” and “No Time at All.”

The reimagined production by director Diane Paulus sets the action in the Big Top, and features circus creations by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).

The production officially recouped its full $8.5 million capitalization in December 2013.

NBC’s “The Voice” season 6 winner Josh Kaufman currently stars as Pippin. He’s joined by Carly Hughes (Leading Player), John Dossett (Charles), Charlotte d’Amboise (Fastrada), Rachel Bay Jones (Catherine) and Lucie Arnaz as Berthe.

“Pippin” isn’t the only musical closing this January. “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (Jan. 3), “Motown” (Jan. 18) and the Tony-winning “Once” (Jan 4.) will all leave the Great White Way in the new year.

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