By Adam Hetrick
08 Jan 2013
|Photo by Michael J. Lutch|
The American Repertory Theater production of the pop musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson began previews in Cambridge, MA, Dec. 5, 2012. It will end its run there Jan. 20 prior to a Broadway run this spring.
Tony Award-winning producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Howard and Janet Kagan are producing the Broadway revival that will officially open in New York April 25.
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Pippin will return to Broadway with a new circus-inspired take on the material conceived by Paulus and Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers).
The production marks Paulus' second A.R.T. revival to bow on Broadway. Last season her staging of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess transferred to Broadway and took the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. She also staged the Public Theater's revival of Hair, which also transferred to Broadway, garnering a Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award in 2009. She has been twice-nominated for the Tony Award for her directorial work. Paulus is the artistic director of A.R.T.
Casting has not been confirmed for the Broadway transfer.
The new production of Pippin has choreography by Chet Walker, who staged the production in the style of the musical's original director-choreographer Bob Fosse. Pippin has a score by Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, "The Prince of Egypt") and a book by Tony nominee Hirson.
|photo by Michael J. Lutch|
Pippin has set design by Tony Award-winning designer Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award-winning designer Kenneth Posner and sound design by Clive Goodwin. New orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and music supervision is by Nadia Di Giallonardo. Charlie Alterman serves as musical director at A.R.T.
The A.R.T. principal cast is led by Spider-Man cast member Matthew James Thomas in the title role, with Tony and Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller (Sister Act, Hair) as the Leading Player, Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (My Favorite Year) as Berthe, Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann (Les Miserables, The Scarlet Pimpernel) as King Charles, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (Chicago, Carrie) as Fastrada, Erik Altemus (The Fantasticks) as Lewis, Andrew Cekala (Marie Antoinette) as Theo and Rachel Bay Jones (Women on the Verge..., Hair) as Catherine.
Completing the A.R.T. company are Gregory Arsenal, Stephanie Pope Caffey, Lolita Costet, Colin Cunliffe, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Viktoria Grimmy, Olga Karmansky, Bethany Moore, Philip Rosenberg, Yannick Thomas, Molly Tynes and Anthony Wayne.
Here's how A.R.T. bills the production: "A bold new staging of the dark and existential musical you thought you knew. Pippin, on a death-defying journey to find his 'corner of the sky,' must choose between a life that's ordinary or a flash of singular glory."
Pippin features such songs as "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "With You," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow" and "Love Song."