Rubinstein won the 1973 Theatre World Award for creating the role of Pippin in Bob Fosse's original Broadway production of the musical.
Original (and Current) Pippin Star John Rubinstein Honored With Sardi's Caricature
Rubinstein is a Tony Award winner for Children of a Lesser God. His Broadway credits include Ragtime, Hurlyburly, M. Butterfly and Getting Away With Murder.
Pippin is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers). Pippin is the recipient of 2013 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Miller), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Andrea Martin) and Best Direction of a Musical (Paulus).
With a book by Hirson and music and lyrics by Schwartz, Pippin features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award nominee Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.
Pippin, according to press notes, "tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?"
A U.S. national tour will launch in September at the Buell Theatre in Denver, CO. Productions are also planned for London, Australia and Amsterdam in 2015.