Newsies Star Carries the Banner to Broadway's Pippin Tonight | Playbill

News Newsies Star Carries the Banner to Broadway's Pippin Tonight John Dossett joins the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin following the final performance of Broadway's Newsies, in which he starred as Joseph Pulitzer. He succeeds Tony winner John Rubinstein, who departed the production Aug. 24 to join Pippin's national tour.

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Dossett — who originated the role of Pulitzer in Newsies and is a Tony nominee for Gypsy — begins performances in the role of Charles Aug. 26 at the Music Box Theatre.

The current Broadway cast features Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renée as Leading Player, Rubinstein as Charles, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez as Berthe.

Other members of the company include Erik Altemus, 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.

As previously announced, the national tour of Pippin, starring Sasha Allen ("The Voice"), will launch Sept. 6 in Denver at the Buell Theatre.

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's 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 (also known as 7 Fingers). Pippin is the winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical 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 and sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.

According to producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Howard and Janet Kagan, "Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his 'corner of the sky.'"


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