I love a big, splashy Broadway musical, and Pippin the Musical is exactly that. It’s also one of my most memorable childhood theatrical experiences in the world. The music, the staging, the costumes, the set. I still have vivid images of seeing the show,, even though it was community theater, and I was no more than 10 at the time. I also remember the music and have had the songs in my head for 30 years. Needless to say, I was curious how the new production on Broadway would pan out and compare to these majestic memories floating in my head.
The result? Big, splashy, memorable, AMAZING. It’s a revival that everyone should see, regardless of having seen it before, regardless of age. This is one show I can whole-heartedly recommend for the whole family. It’s pizazz, music, glitz, big dance numbers. It’s not exactly wholesome but there is nothing that a child over the age of 7 or 8 can’t experience, and this is one extravaganza you’ll want to share with your children. It has circus acts, gymnastics, rock songs, magic and soul. The show is a reminder that we should stop looking for something better than what we have – it’s all right HERE. That is the perfect message for kids of all ages to take with them.
Pippin, the Diane Paulus revival of the musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson, will hold a special place in your heart. It’s faithful to the original yet different, but it still has the same magic it offered many moons ago. The Leading Player, played by Patina Miller, adds an extra layer of spectacular to the show, and every scene with her presence is nothing short of amazing. We are spectators as she guides Pippin through life, hanging from the heir to a throne to a regular man. Along the way, there is fire, trapeze acts, love, living on a farm and a return to where he started to figure out what makes him happy. The actors are all stunning – from Terrance Mann as King, Charlotte D’Amboise as Queen, to Rachel Bay Jones as his love, Catherine to the phenomenal Tovah Feldshuh who I adore. This new revival of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz‘s dark and groovy coming-of-age musical premiered at the American Repertory Theater, where Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess) is artistic director The staging incorporates circus choreography and acrobatics by Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers).
You can catch it on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. Tickets and info can be found here.
I’m thrilled to be giving away a PIPPIN poster and cast album!
To win, just comment below and let me know your favorite Pippin memory!
Winner will be selected randomly. This giveaway will end on Monday, November 11th at noon EST. Winner swill be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, however I received tickets and a copy of the album to facilitate this review.