"Glory"! Pippin Will Welcome New Lewis in His Broadway Debut | Playbill

News "Glory"! Pippin Will Welcome New Lewis in His Broadway Debut Mike Schwitter, who was seen on tour with The Book of Mormon, will make his Broadway debut as Lewis in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin. He succeeds original star Erik Altemus, who has been with the production since its debut at A.R.T.

Mike Schwitter
Mike Schwitter

Schwitter, who will also understudy the title role, will begin performances Sept. 9 at the Music Box Theatre.

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 headed by Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renée as Leading Player, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, John Dossett as Charles, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Tony Award winner Andrea Martin as Berthe.

Other members of the company include Eli Tokash, Ashton Woerz, Colin Cunliffe, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Sabrina Harper, Lauren Joy Herley, Naël Jammal, Nicolas Jelmoni, Sam Lips, Richard Maguire, Brad Musgrove, Charlotte O'Sullivan, Adam Roberts, Masha Terentieva, Molly Tynes and Kristen Beth Williams.

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 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?"

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

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