Pippin Pitches a Circus Tent in Denver; National Tour, Starring Original Pippin and Sasha Allen, Begins

News   Pippin Pitches a Circus Tent in Denver; National Tour, Starring Original Pippin and Sasha Allen, Begins The U.S. national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, re-imagined by Tony winner Diane Paulus — who sets the action in a circus tent, raising the stakes for young prince Pippin — launches Sept. 6 at Denver's Buell Theatre. 

Sasha Allen
Sasha Allen

The touring production stars Sasha Allen ("The Voice," "Camp," Hair) as Leading Player, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (who created the role of Pippin in the 1972 original Broadway production) as Charles, Sabrina Harper (Pippin, original Broadway revival cast) as Fastrada, Kristine Reese (Wicked on tour) as Catherine and Lucie Arnaz as Berthe. 

Matthew James Thomas, who originated the role of Pippin in the current revival, steps into that role for the entire Denver engagement. Kyle Selig, who was scheduled to star in the title role, is taking a medical leave of absence for vocal rest.

Thomas will also play both the San Francisco and Los Angeles engagements of the musical. Performances in San Francisco are scheduled for Sept. 23-Oct. 19 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre; Los Angeles performances at the Hollywood Pantages are Oct. 21-Nov. 9.

Andrea Martin, who won 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for creating the role of Berthe, will also join the national tour Oct. 21-Nov. 9 at the Hollywood Pantages (located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard).

The company also includes Skyler Adams, Sascha Bachman, Bradley Benjamin, Callan Bergman, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Mark Burrell, Mathew deGuzman, Fernando Dudka, Mirela Golinska, Kelsey Jamieson, Preston Jamieson, Lisa Karlin, Alan Kelly, Melodie Lamoreux, Zachary Mackiewicz, Lucas Schultz, Tory Trowbridge, Mackenzie Warren and Borris York. With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin features direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, 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).

The production also includes 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 and 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?"

Barry and Fran Weissler and Howard and Janet Kagan present the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of Pippin with Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Steve McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein and  Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney.

According to the Pippin website, the tour will also play San Francisco's SHN Golden Gate Theatre (Sept. 23-Oct. 19), Los Angeles' Hollywood Pantages Theatre (Oct. 21-Nov. 9), Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre (Feb. 17-22, 2015), Atlanta's Fox Theatre (May 5-10, 2015), Charlotte's Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (May 19-24, 2015) and Baltimore's The Hippodrome Theatre (June 23-28, 2015).

Visit PippinTheMusical.com/Tour.

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