As told by a traveling troupe of actors led by the cunning and charming Leading Player, Pippin is the story of a young prince, heir to the throne, who is searching for his own “corner of the sky.”  As encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious and lusty sexual entanglements, and saavy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought. With infectious tunes by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, Pippin is both a humorous allegory about growing up and a dark tale of the danger of false appearances and empty promises.

The idea for the musical Pippin was sparked when Stephen Schwartz was in college at Carnegie Mellon. He learned the story of “Pippin the Hunchback,” a prince who launched a campaign against his father, Charlemagne, during the middle ages. Upon graduation, Pippin evolved into a story about a young man trying to find himself and his purpose - written just as Schwartz was struggling to find his own. 

Pippin premiered on Broadway on October 23, 1972, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and starred Ben Vereen as the Leading Player. While the production received middling-to-good reviews, it ran for 1,944 performance, making it the 31st longest Broadway show in history. The original Broadway production also won numerous Tony awards including Best Lead Actor (Ben Vereen) and Best Choreography (Bob Fosse).

Reviews

Review by Janice Bailey - Adelaide Theatre Guide

Review by Catie Milte - The Times Victor Harbor

Review by Anthony Vawser - Stage Whispers

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Production Team

Director: Robert Bell
Musical Director: Jacqui Maynard
Choreographer: Rebecca Kemp
Production Manager: Jenny Penny
Business Manager: Bill Lowe

Cast

Pippin: Jack Doherty
Leading Player: Emily-Jo Davidson
Catherine: Minnie Broad
Charlemagne: Barry Germein
Fastrada: Kimberly Hollitt
Berthe: Kim Bell
Lewis: Byron Godwin-Knott
Theo: Jack Van Rhoda

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