Look Back at Ben Vereen and John Rubinstein in the Original Pippin on Broadway

Archival Photos   Look Back at Ben Vereen and John Rubinstein in the Original Pippin on Broadway
 
The show opened October 23, 1972, at the Imperial Theatre.

Pippin opened October 23, 1972, at the Imperial Theatre. Ben Vereen, John Rubinstein, Irene Ryan, Jill Clayburgh, and Leland Palmer led the cast of the show about accepting oneself for who you are. The story follows Pippin, son of Holy Roman Empire patriarch Charlemagne, as he realizes he is just not the hero he is or wants to be. Instead he learns to settle down and live life with a hearth and home. The legendary Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the show, which had a successful run of 1,944 performances.

Read: Where Are They Now: The Original Broadway Cast of Pippin

Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, it took home five—including two for Fosse and one for leading man Ben Vereen. The show was revived by director Diane Paulus in 2013, winning four more Tony Awards.

Flip through photos of the production below:

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