By Michael Gioia
25 Mar 2013
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
"I knew we had to have a Leading Player who could not only sing, but who could dance — like really dance — and, of course, act, so that led to a search to find the most dynamic, charismatic, powerful, seductive, triple-threat performer," said Paulus. "We saw men, we saw women, we saw every type of performer, but the choice was clear — Patina Miller is a force of nature. Little did I know that she was also a gymnast in her former life, so she's on the trapeze in our production. She is fearless, she is determined, she is the quadruple-threat that is defined by this production."
Thomas, too, will be performing his fair share of stunts. "Fortunately, being Pippin, there are lots of [tricks] that make sense with him because he's on this quest for fulfillment," he shared. "What better [way] than jumping off a high wire or trying a backflip or walking on a high pole…? That [is] — in a very physical, but also metaphorical, way — a great explosion of decision and choice… It's hard to imagine the show without it."
Miller added, "Bringing that heightened element into our show really just informs my character, and I think everyone on stage. How far will we go to tell the story tonight? … Hopefully, by the end of the show, someone will want to join our circus."