PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Extraordinary!" Rehearsal and Rosh Hashanah Baking With Kansas Rep Pippin Star Claybourne Elder
By Matthew Blank
Claybourne Elder (Bonnie & Clyde) has been keeping busy while not onstage starring in Kansas City Rep's Pippin. Having recently celebrated his marriage to director Eric Rosen, Elder has also found time to balance his leading man duties with those of wedding officiant and Rosh Hashanah host.
KC Rep artistic director Rosen stages Pippin, which will run through Oct. 7. The pop-rock musical has a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. KC Rep's production promises "new visual and musical twists to a musical theatre classic."
Rosen characterized it as a "musically vigorous, genre-shifting explosion of high energy."
Elder, last seen on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde, stars in the title role, with Tony Award nominee Mary Testa (Queen of the Mist, Xanadu) as Berthe, Wallace Smith as the Leading Player and Katie Gilchrist (regional premiere of Everyday Rapture) as Catherine.
The cast is completed by John Hickok (Parade, Aida) as Charles, Sam Cordes as Lewis, Katie Kalahurka (A Christmas Story, the Musical!) as Fastrada, Jennie Greenberry (A Christmas Story, the Musical!) in the female ensemble and Gil Perez-Abraham Jr. (A Steady Rain) in the male ensemble.
Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark choreographer Chase Brock will choreograph Pippin. The creative team also includes musical director Curtis Moore (Bridge Project's Richard III), Jack Magaw (scenic design), Alison Heryer (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design) and Zachary Williamson (sound design).
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