If you’re a community theater regular, or even attended high school or college musicals, you’re likely familiar with the lively, foot-tappin’ tunes of “Pippin.” It’s the story of a young prince, son of the French King Charlemagne (King Charles), and his search for his place in the world.
The original Broadway version of "Pippin," directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, debuted in 1972; it ran for five years and won five Tonys. Now "Pippin" will return to the Great White Way this March for the first time in more than 30 years.
The show is a continuation of sorts of the just-ended “Pippin” revival at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts. On Monday, producers announced that the core stars from that show will also star in the new Broadway version. That includes Matthew James Thomas ("Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark") as Pippin and Patina Miller (nominated for a Tony for “Sister Act”) as the Leading Player, the narrator-like head of a performance troupe who often breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience.
The production also stars Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine, Terrence Mann as King Charles and Andrea Martin as Berthe.