By Adam Hetrick
and Michael Gioia
10 Jul 2014
|Photo by Monique Carboni|
Lopez (In the Heights, Somewhere) succeeds Emmy Award winner Annie Potts in the role of Pippin's high-flying grandmother. Potts will depart the production July 20. Lopez is scheduled to appear for a limited engagement through Aug. 27.
Producers also announced that John Rubinstein will extend his limited run as King Charles through Aug. 17.
The engagement marks a special return to the musical for Lopez. The actress previously assumed the role of Fastrada during the musical's original Broadway run in the 1970s. Rubinstein originated the leading role of Pippin in the musical's 1972 Broadway premiere. He has stepped into the Broadway revival for a limited engagement during Tony nominee Terrence Mann's hiatus from the production.
Other members of the company include Erik Altemus, Eli Tokash, Ashton Woerz, Sascha Bachman, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Colin Cunliffe, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Fitch, Sabrina Harper, Lauren Joy Herley, Nael Jamal, Nicolas Jelmoni, Sam Lips, Bethany Moore, Brad Musgrove, Charlotte O'Sullivan, Mirela Golinska Roche, Molly Tynes, Anthony Wayne.
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.