By Adam Hetrick
14 Jan 2013
|Photo by Michael J. Lutch|
The 1972 pop musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson debuted in a new staging by Paulus and Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers) at the American Repertory Theater in December. It continues its run through Jan. 20 in Cambridge, MA.
Tony Award-winning producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Howard and Janet Kagan are producing the Broadway revival that will begin previews March 23 at the Music Box Theatre towards an April 25 opening night. Tickets are available at telecharge.com.
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.
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."