Pippin Will Arrive on Broadway With Complete A.R.T. Cast, Including Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas, Andrea Martin
By Adam Hetrick
The original cast of the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin, featuring Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas, Andrea Martin, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d'Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones, will repeat their performances for the first-ever Broadway revival of the musical, which begins previews March 23 at the Music Box Theatre.
Staged by two-time Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus, the new staging of the Tony Award-winning Stephen Schwartz-Roger O. Hirson musical premiered at A.R.T. in December. The production incorporates circus choreography and acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers). It will officially open on Broadway April 25.
The complete original creative team from A.R.T. will also return for the Broadway transfer. Pippin has choreography by Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse, who staged the original 1972 Broadway production.
Spider-Man cast member Matthew James Thomas takes on the title role in a cast that also features 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.
The cast is completed by Gregory Arsenal, Andrew Cekala, Lolita Costet, Colin Cunliffe, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Viktoria Grimmy, Olga Karmansky, Bethany Moore, Brad Musgrove, Stephanie Pope, Philip Rosenberg, Yannick Thomas, Molly Tynes and Anthony Wayne.
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 Tony Award winner Clive Goodwin.
The revival has new orchestrations by Larry Hochman and music supervision by Nadia Di Giallonardo. Charlie Alterman serves as musical director.
Tony Award-winning producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Howard and Janet Kagan produce the Broadway revival.
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."
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