Music Box Theatre, (4/25/2013 - 1/04/2015)

First Preview: Mar 23, 2013
Opening Date: Apr 25, 2013
Closing Date: Jan 04, 2015
Total Previews: 37
Total Performances: 709

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: 780 A.D. and thereabouts. The Holy Roman Empire and thereabouts.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler, Howard & Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Stephen E. McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein and Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney; Associate Producer: James L. Simon

Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre

Book by Roger O. Hirson; Music by Stephen Schwartz; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Music orchestrated by Larry Hochman; Musical Director: Charlie Alterman; Music arranged by Nadia DiGiallonardo

Directed by Diane Paulus; Choreography in the style of Bob Fosse by Chet Walker; Associate Director: Nancy Harrington; Assistant Choreographer: Brad Musgrove

Design Supervisor: Edward Pierce; Scenic Design by Scott Pask; Costume Design by Dominique Lemieux; Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner; Sound Design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm; Associate Scenic Design: Jeffrey Hinchee; Associate Lighting Design: Anthony Pearson; Associate Sound Design: Drew Levy; Automated Lighting Programmer: Timothy F. Rogers

Executive Producer: Alecia Parker; General Manager: B.J. Holt; Company Manager: Jeff Klein

Technical Supervisor: Jake Bell; Production Stage Manager: Nancy Harrington; Stage Manager: Julie Baldauff

Musical Supervisor: Nadia DiGiallonardo; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Charlie Alterman; Associate Conductor: Sonny Paladino; Reeds: Edward Joffe and Rick Heckman; Trumpet: Dave Trigg; Trombone: Michael Davis; Violin/Viola: Rick Dolan; Cello: Peter Sachon; Guitar: Larry Saltzman; Bass: Steve Millhouse; Drums: Jared Schonig; Percussion: Sean Ritenauer; Keyboard: Charlie Alterman and Sonny Paladino

Illusions by Paul Kieve; Fire Effects by: Chic Silber

Flying Effect: ZFX, Inc.; Dance Captain: Brad Musgrove; Circus Creation by Gypsy Snider; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Casting: Stewart/Whitley, Duncan Stewart, C.S.A. and Benton Whitley, C.S.A.; Dialect Coach: Nancy Houfek; Website Design by ArtHouse Interactive; Marketing Strategy Ken Sperr; Marketing Strategy by Clint Bond, Jr.

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Opening Night Cast

Patina MillerLeading Player
(Mar 23, 2013 - Mar 30, 2014)
Matthew James ThomasPippin
(Mar 23, 2013 - Mar 30, 2014)
Charlotte d'AmboiseFastrada
Rachel Bay JonesCatherine
Terrence MannCharles
Andrea MartinBerthe
(Mar 23, 2013 - Sep 22, 2013)
Erik AltemusLewis
(Mar 23, 2013 - Sep 07, 2014)
Gregory ArsenalPlayer
"With You" Hand Balancer
Andrew CekalaTheo
Alternate
Lolita CostetPlayer
Bolero
Colin CunliffePlayer
The Head
Andrew FitchPlayer
The Peasant
Member of The Manson Trio
Orion GriffithsPlayer
Rolla Bolla
Viktoria GrimmyPlayer
Olga KarmanskyPlayer
Bethany MoorePlayer
Stephanie PopePlayer
The Noble
Philip RosenbergPlayer
"With You" Hand Balancer
Yannick ThomasPlayer
Bolero
Molly TynesPlayer
Anthony WaynePlayer
Member of The Manson Trio
Ashton WoerzTheo
Alternate

Swings: Sabrina Harper and Brad Musgrove

Understudies: Erik Altemus (Pippin), Colin Cunliffe (Charles, Lewis), Andrew Fitch (Charles), Sabrina Harper (Berthe, Fastrada), Bethany Moore (Catherine), Stephanie Pope (Leading Player) and Molly Tynes (Catherine, Fastrada, Leading Player)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2013 Best Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler, Howard & Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Stephen E. McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein and Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney; Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre

winner 2013 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [winner] 

Patina Miller

 2013 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Terrence Mann

winner 2013 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical [winner] 

Andrea Martin

 2013 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Chet Walker

winner 2013 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Diane Paulus

 2013 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Scott Pask

 2013 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Dominique Lemieux

 2013 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Kenneth Posner

 2013 Best Sound Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm

Drama Desk Award

winner 2013 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler, Howard & Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Stephen E. McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein and Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney; Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre

winner 2013 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Andrea Martin

winner 2013 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Chet Walker

winner 2013 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Circus Training by Gypsy Snider

 2013 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

Dominique Lemieux

 2013 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Kenneth Posner

winner 2013 Outstanding Director of a Musical [winner] 

Diane Paulus

Songs

music by Stephen Schwartz; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

ACT 1 Sung By
Magic to DoThe Players
Corner of the SkyPippin
War Is a ScienceCharles and The Players
GloryLeading Player and The Players
Simple JoysLeading Player and The Players
No Time at AllBerthe and The Players
With YouPippin and The Players
Spread a Little SunshineFastrada
Morning GlowPippin and The Players
ACT 2 Sung By
On the Right TrackLeading Player and Pippin
Kind of WomanCatherine
ExtraordinaryPippin and The Players
Love SongPippin and Catherine
FinaleLeading Player, Pippin and The Players

Reviews


AP: "New 'Pippin' mixed with circus amazes "

The last show to open this season on Broadway comes with plenty of bang, lots of flips and real value for money: A ticket buys you not just a musical but also a trip to the circus.

The American Repertory Theatre's thrilling revival of that cultishly cute "Pippin" opened Thursday at the Music Box Theatre as a hybrid that surely will keep everyone thoroughly entertained.

Director Diane Paulus hasn't just slapped some fresh paint on this beloved tale of self-discovery, she's rebuilt it, apparently inspired by the opening number's line "we've got magic to do."

The musical, with songs by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, is framed by a group of traveling players who tell the story of a young man named Pippin, the ninth-century emperor Charlemagne's firstborn, who is looking for his place in the world. It wowed Broadway in the 1970s with Bob Fosse directing and Ben Vereen starring.

Paulus has transformed the players into a troupe of circus performers, and it's a stroke of genius. It allows for a Big Top theme - think fire jugglers, teeterboards, knife throwing and contortionists - but also teases out the wandering nature of the mysterious players and zooms up the physicality of the story.

The Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main, a group known for mixing high-risk acrobatics, music and dance with the thrill of street performance, has been handed the circus duties. In retrospect, it's as natural a collaboration as peanut butter and jelly.

Paulus, who has already thrilled with remakes of "Hair" and "Porgy and Bess," scores again, making two very different companies work coherently. She's also managed to tease out the connection between the intricate dance style of the late Fosse - Chet Walker choreographs this in the master's style - with the equally meticulous needs of acrobatics. Both require tiny, precise movement.

The cast members are amazing and clearly have all been to the gym. No sooner have you realized that one actor is busy stealing the show than another steps up to blow you away.

Patina Miller, last on Broadway as the heroine of "Sister Act," steps into the Vereen role of Leading Player. Miller looks as if she just walked off the set of "Tomb Raider" - she's a triumphantly muscular, lithe creature with a hat and cane. Miller has got a manic grin on her face, sings with power and has a menacing air. She proves perfectly suited to Fosse's complicated footwork and, unlike Vereen, does tricks on a trapeze while singing.

Terrence Mann plays Pippin's manic father, and his real-life wife, Charlotte d'Amboise, plays his stage wife. This role gives d'Amboise the unusual vampy sexy role, which she nails with a hoot, and her husband gets to ride a unicycle and throw knives at her. (This must lead to some interesting conversations at home.)

Andrea Martin plays Pippin's grandmother and sings the music hall favorite "No Time at All," but the 66-year-old will be more remembered for doing jaw-dropping stunts that would make someone a fraction of her age blanch. She milks it all night, of course. But she deserves it.

Two up-and-comers play the central lovers - Rachel Bay Jones has great comedic chops but also adds a wistful tenderness to the part, and Matthew James Thomas, a one-time Peter Parker in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," announces himself as a new Broadway leading man. He's got the looks, the lungs and the abs, all of which the audience gets to enjoy multiple times.

Unfortunately for Thomas, his cool six-pack pales in comparison to the circus performers. Some of the women look as though they could arm-wrestle him into submission in seconds; one of the circus guys looks like He-Man.

They run around - and swing around - Scott Pask's big top set, which has two poles and plenty of flaps for the hectic "Spamalot"-type action. One negative is that Dominique Lemieux's costumes look a little muddled from far away, lacking some pop.

Even if you don't want to hear one more rendition of "Corner of the Sky" or "Spread a Little Sunshine," the Gypsy Snider-led acrobats will thrill you. One suspends himself horizontally from a pole, another balances on a tower of cans, still others bounce on six big yoga balls and one contorts herself into a human belt slung around another performer. A body-less head talks as part of a simple but funny theater trick, and a guy jumps through a hoop balanced on a girl's nose - an extremely non-simple trick.

The genius of Paulus, though, is to know when to stop. For the penultimate tune, "Love Song," only Pippin and his gal are on stage, a welcome show of quiet restraint that makes it a sweet moment. She knows when to pack up the circus tent.

So when the cast sings, by way of invitation in the opening number, "Join us, come and waste an hour or two," it's highly recommended you do so. Little can get the blood going this way.


AP
04/25/2013

New York Daily News: "Pippin"

At the 11th hour of the 2012-13 Broadway season, a musical miracle has landed at the Music Box Theatre.

The brilliant new production of “Pippin,” a 1972 coming-of-age tale, boasts everything you could dream of in a musical — including Stephen Schwartz’s terrifically tuneful songs — and a few things you couldn’t even imagine.

Like master comedian Andrea Martin on the flying trapeze. More on that in a minute.

Credit director Diane Paulus, who has guided revivals of “Porgy & Bess” and “Hair” to recent Tony wins. She’s now raised the bar on her work to dizzying heights of imagination, integration and artistry in coming up with a new approach to the show.

She also had the good sense to include Bob Fosse dances from the original show. Choreographer Chet Walker recreates the sultry hip rolls, eloquent jazz hands and exuberant kicks. Forty-one years later, the moves still are magic.

Roger O. Hirson’s book follows a troupe of performers telling the tale of Pippin (Matthew James Thomas), son of King Charlemagne. Pippin’s seeking an extraordinary place in the world.

In this vision, seen early this year at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., the storytellers are a circus company. The gorgeous costumes by Dominique Lemieux, of Cirque du Soleil, bespeak the big tent.

The set by Scott Pask is a bright blue canopy with white stars, a deft stand-in for the cosmos. Pippin’s search echoes everyone’s search — as it takes him from restless curiosity to reckless revolution to uneasy domesticity to sex and love and compromise.

Life is about delicate balances, death-defying leaps, juggling acts and improbable lifts. Gypsy Snider, of Les 7 doigts de la main, created the awesome circus stunts. The cast of actors merges seamlessly with the seasoned strong men, acrobats and aerialists.

As the Leading Player or, in this case, ringmaster, Patina Miller trades a “Sister Act” nun’s habit for Spandex. It’s the role that made Ben Vereen a star. The Hula-Hooping, whip-cracking, pelvis-popping Miller is soulful, sinewy and sensationally funny. “We’ve got magic to do,” she sings. And they do.

British-born Matthew James Thomas, who covered the role of Peter Parker at “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” is an endearing Pippin. He’s a supple singer and turns the yearning “Corner of the Sky” into a musical caress.

Terrence Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise, married in real life, are terrific as Pippin’s father and conniving stepmother. As Pippin’s love interest, Rachel Bay Jones is adorable and touching.

Andrea Martin plays Pippin’s grandmother. In a perfect theatrical storm of actress, song and staging, Martin turns Schwartz’s gently insistent and joyful song “No Time at All” into more than a showstopper. It is the season-topper.

The final show to open before Tony Awards consideration, “Pippin” punctuates the Broadway season with a big, bold exclamation point.

It is that extraordinary.


New York Daily News
04/25/2013

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Music Box Theatre

(4/25/2013 - 1/4/2015)
Company Manager: Daniel Hoyos(Nov 25, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015).

Assistant Stage Mgr: Michael Ulreich; Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro, Thomas J. Gates.

Reeds: Ken Dybisz; Associate Conductor: Joey Joseph; Keyboard: Joey Joseph.

Marketing Strategy Jared Fine.

Cast

Kristin Allen
Player
Á l'aveugle
Kevin Armour
"With You" Hand Balancer
Player
Lucie Arnaz
Berthe (Oct 9, 2014 - Nov 9, 2014)
Gregory Arsenal
Á l'aveugle
Sascha Bachmann
"With You" Hand Balancer (Jun 24, 2014 - ?)
Player (Jun 24, 2014 - ?)
Mackenzie Bell
Player
Dmitrious Bistrevsky
Player (Jun 24, 2014 - ?)
Rolla Bolla (Jun 24, 2014 - ?)
Ariana DeBose
Noble
Player
Leading Player (Sep 16, 2014 - Sep 18, 2014)
John Dossett
Charles (Aug 26, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015)
Fernando Dudka
"With You" Hand Balancer
Player
Tovah Feldshuh
Berthe (Aug 9, 2013 - Aug 11, 2013)
Berthe (Aug 20, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013)
Berthe (Sep 24, 2013 - Jan 19, 2014)
Mirela Golinska Roche
Bolero
Player
Viktoria Grimmy
Bolero
Michelle K. Guy
Player
Lauren Joy Herley
Player
Bolero
Carly Hughes
Leading Player (Sep 19, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015)
Kelsey Jamieson
Á l'aveugle
Player
Preston Jamieson
Á l'aveugle
Bolero
Player
Naël Jammal
"With You" Hand Balancer
Player
Nicolas Jelmoni
Bolero (Jun 24, 2014 - ?)
Player (Jun 24, 2014 - ?)
Á l'aveugle
Trapeze Special
Kai Johnson-Peady
Player
Rolla Bolla
Josh Kaufman
Broadway debut
Pippin (Oct 31, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015)
Kenneth Lindemann
Bolero
Player
Priscilla Lopez
Berthe (Jul 22, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014)
Berthe (Sep 23, 2014 - Oct 8, 2014)
Berthe (Nov 11, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015)
Richard Maguire
"With You" Hand Balancer (? - Jun 22, 2014)
Player (? - Jun 22, 2014)
"With You" Hand Balancer
Player
Luke Kolbe Mannikus
Theo Alternate
Andrea Martin
Berthe (Sep 2, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014)
Kyle Dean Massey
Pippin (Apr 1, 2014 - Oct 29, 2014)
Gabrielle McClinton
Noble
Player
Aidan O'Shea
Player
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Player (Jun 24, 2014 - ?)
Bolero
Á l'aveugle
Annie Potts
Berthe (Jan 21, 2014 - Jul 20, 2014)
Ciara Renée
Leading Player (Apr 1, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014)
Adam Roberts
Member of The Manson Trio
Player
John Rubinstein
During Terrance Mann's absence
Charles (Jun 19, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014)
Mike Schwitter
Broadway debut
Lewis (Sep 9, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015)
Christopher Sieber
during Terrence Mann's vacation
Charles (Sep 1, 2013 - Sep 4, 2013)
during Terrence Mann's vacationCharles (Sep 15, 2013 - Sep 25, 2013)
Charles (Jan 21, 2014 - Jan 26, 2014)
Charles (Feb 22, 2014 - Mar 2, 2014)
Charles (Mar 25, 2014 - Mar 30, 2014)
Masha Terentieva
Player
Yannick Thomas
Á l'aveugle
Eli Tokash
Theo Alternate
Kristen Beth Williams
Player
Syndee Winters
Noble
Player
Florian Zumkehr
"With You" Hand Balancer
Player



Understudies: Mackenzie Bell (Berthe, Catherine, Fastrada), Ariana DeBose (Leading Player), Sabrina Harper (Catherine), Sam Lips (Lewis, Pippin), Gabrielle McClinton (Leading Player), Mike Schwitter (Pippin), Lara Seibert Young (Berthe, Fastrada, Leading Player), Billy Harrigan Tighe (Lewis, Pippin), Kristen Beth Williams (Catherine), Syndee Winters (Leading Player).


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