Tony Winner Andrea Martin Returns to Broadway's Pippin Aug. 27
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award winner Andrea Martin returns to the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin — where four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony, Saravà, Yentl, Lend Me a Tenor) took over for Martin while she was on vacation — Aug. 27.
Feldshuh stepped into the role of Berthe from Aug. 9-11 and from Aug. 20-25. Martin returns to the production full-time Aug. 27. Read the Playbill magazine feature with Martin, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Berthe in Pippin.
Martin is also a Tony Award winner for her performance in My Favorite Year and was Tony-nominated for Candide, Oklahoma! and Young Frankenstein.
The cirque-inspired revival took home Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Patina Miller), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Martin) and Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus).
This new revival of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's dark and groovy coming-of-age musical premiered at the American Repertory Theater, where Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess) is artistic director, last fall. The staging incorporates circus choreography and acrobatics by Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers). Broadway previews began March 23, prior to an official opening April 25, at the Music Box Theatre.
British actor Matthew James Thomas, who is no stranger to high-flying stunts on Broadway, having starred as the Peter Parker alternate in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, takes on the title role in the modern classic. He is joined by Miller (Sister Act, Hair) as Leading Player, the show's singing, dancing and charming ringmaster, with 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.
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