"The Voice" Winner Josh Kaufman Will Join Broadway's Pippin Early

News   "The Voice" Winner Josh Kaufman Will Join Broadway's Pippin Early
Josh Kaufman, who was announced the winner of the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice" in May 2014, will make his Broadway debut in the title role of the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin Oct. 31, four days earlier than announced.

Josh Kaufman
Josh Kaufman

Kaufman was originally announced to join the cast Nov. 4. He succeeds Kyle Dean Massey, who will now play his final performance Oct. 29. Kaufman will remain with the Broadway production through Jan. 4, 2015.

Pippin is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers).

The Broadway cast is currently features Carly Hughs as the Leading Player, Lucie Arnaz as Berthe, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, John Dossett as Charles, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Tony Award winner Martin as Berthe.

Other members of the company include Mike Schwitter, Eli Tokash, Ashton Woerz, Kristin Allen, Mackenzie Bell, Colin Cunliffe, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Fitch, Lauren Joy Herley, Naël Jammal, Nicolas Jelmoni, Kai Johnson-Peady, Sam Lips, Richard Maguire, Brad Musgrove, Adam Roberts, Masha Terentieva, Kristen Beth Williams and Lara Seibert Young..

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 (Patina Miller), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Martin) and Best Direction of a Musical (Paulus). With a book by Roger Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen 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?"

The national tour of Pippin, starring Sasha Allen ("The Voice"), launched Sept. 6 in Denver at the Buell Theatre.

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