We’re got Magic to Do! As if the 2012-2013 Broadway season wasn’t filled with enough revivals, we just booked one more. However, as opposed to the many pieces being revived we have seen multiple times in the past decade, this new revival will be the first for this production in over 40 years. In a not so surprising announcement, American Repertory Theater producers have confirmed that their current production of Pippin will transfer to Broadway for a Spring 2013 run.
Pippin is a musical that features music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Stephen Schwartz and a book by Tony nominee Roger Hirson. The musical is the story of a young boy searching forhis meaning and significance in life. The show uses an acting troupe, lead by the leading player, to tell the story of young Pippin. Producers of the A.R.T. production have billed the show in the following manner as well calling it, “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.”
Tony Award winning producers Barry and Fran Weissler confirmed that Pippin will transfer to Broadway in the first revival in over 40 years. The production will transfer to The Music Box Theater and begin previews March 23rd with an official opening slated for April 25th, 2013. The original Pippin ran for 1,944 performances after debuting in 1972 at The Imperial Theater, ironically next door. Bob Fosse was the original director-choreographer.
The American Repertory Theater’s cast is led by Spider-Man cast member Matthew James Thomas in the title role. Tony and Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller (Sister Act) stars as the Leading Player, Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (My Favorite Year) stars as Berthe, Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann (Les Miserables) stars as King Charles, Tony Award nominee Charlotte d’Amboise (Chicago) stars as Fastrada, Erik Altemus (The Fantasticks) stars as Lewis, Andrew Cekala (Marie Antoinette) stars as Theo and Rachel Bay Jones (Women on the Verge…) stars as Catherine.
The rest of the company includes Gregory Arsenal, Stephanie Pope Caffey, Lolita Costet, Colin Cunliffe, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Viktoria Grimmy, Olga Karmansky, Bethany Moore, Phlip Rosenberg, Yannick Thomas, Molly Tynes and Anthony Wayne.
The creative team is helmed by Tony nominee Diane Paulus who was responsible for the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair and the 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins Porgy and Bess. This will mark the second time one of Paulus’ works has continued on to bow on Broadway with Porgy and Bess being the first last year. The production is choreographed by Chet Walker, who has styled the piece like Bob Fosse originally did.
The rest of the creative team includes Tony Award-winning scenic designer Scott Pask, a costume design by Dominique Lemieux, a lighting design by Tony Award-winning designer Kenneth Posner and a sound design by Clive Goodwin. The production also features new orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and music supervision is by Nadia Di Giallonardo. Charlie Alterman is the musical director at A.R.T.
No official casting for the Broadway run has yet been announced.
So get ready for a new type of magic on Broadway this Spring as Pippin returns to New York for the first time in over 40 years! I recall rumors of this spinning back in 2010-2011 with the premiere beginning at A.R.T. so I am happy to see these plans, which it seems have been in place for some time, finally come to life. You don’t wanna miss this new take on Pippin when the show comes to Broadway this Spring! The A.R.T. production continues to run through January 20th. For more information, check out Pippins Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!