Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark alternate Matthew James Thomas will lead the cast of the American Repertory Theater’s revival of Pippin when it bows on December 5 at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Opening night for the Diane Paulus-directed production is set for January 3, with the engagement ending on January 20.
Thomas will star as Pippin, alongside previously-announced stars Andrea Martin as Berthe and Patina Miller as the Leading Player. The cast also features Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada, Terrence Mann as King Charles, Erik Altemus as Lewis, Andrew Cekala as Theo and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. The ensemble includes Gregory Arsenal, Stephanie Pope Caffey, Lolita Costet, Colin Cunliffe, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Viktoria Grimmy, Olga Karmansky, Rachelle Rak, Phlip Rosenberg, Yannick Thomas, Molly Tynes, and Anthony Wayne.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, Pippin follows young prince Pippin as he is encouraged by a mysterious group of performers, led by a Leading Player, to embark on a dangerous journey. Bob Fosse directed the original 1972 Broadway production, which features memorable songs like “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do” and “Glory.”
The A.R.T. production features circus choreography by Gypsy Snider and choreography by Chet Walker (in the style of Bob Fosse), set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Clive Goodwin, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and music direction by Charlie Alterman.