Pippin Setups  647 The Cast of the National Touring Production of PIPPIN. Credit Terry Shapira

 

If you’re looking for the answer to the secret of life, be sure to check out the four-time Tony Award Winning performance of Pippin, this weekend only (December 11 – 14) at Peabody Opera House.   Pippin returns to Broadway after its debut 40 years ago, telling the tale of a young prince (Pippin) on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence.  Will he choose a life that is fulfilling by fighting injustice and tyranny within the kingdom he will inherit, or will he choose to live in the moment, through love and an average, ordinary life?  Perhaps these are questions you ask yourself from time to time.  If so, add Pippin to your must-see list. 

 

Pippin is presented through a combination of slapstick humor and dark, meaningful reality, all wrapped into fun, upbeat song and dance.  With a brilliant score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) based on the book by Roger O. Hirson, the craftsmanship of the musical alone is nothing short of amazing.  Through the direction of Diane Paulus (Hair and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), choreography by Chet Walker and acrobatics by Gypsy Snider and musical direction by Ryan Cantwell, vocals were strong, pitch was excellent, and the cast and orchestra were in almost perfect sync.  Add in the visually stunning acrobatics, on-point comedic timing and good-ol’ jazz-hands Fosse, the cast and team behind Pippin blew the performance out of the water.  

  

Pippin features Sasha Allen (finalist on the 4th season on NBC’s The Voice) as Leading Player (with understudy Lisa Karlin filling in opening night in an amazing performance), Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin, Broadway Revival cast, Wicked on Broadway) as Pippin, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (created the role of Pippin in the 1972 original Broadway production) returning as Charles, Sabrina Harper (Pippin, original Broadway Revival cast) as Fastrada, Kristine Reese (Wicked on tour) as Catherine and Lucie Arnaz (daughter of Lucille Ball) as Berthe.  The company also includes Skyler Adams, Sascha Bachman, Bradley Benjamin, Callan Bergmann, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Mark Burrell, Mathew deGuzman, Fernando Dudka, Mirela Golinska Roche, Kelsey Jamieson, Preston Jamieson, Lisa Karlin, Alan Kelly, Melodie Lamoreaux, Zachary Mackiewicz, Lucas Schultz, Tory Trowbridge, Mackenzie Warren and Borris York. 

 

Performances of Pippin at Peabody Opera House run Wednesday, December 10th through Sunday, December 14th.  Tickets start at $22 and are on sale now.  Tickets may be purchased at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

 

Photography: Terry Shapiro

 

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