April 25, 2013
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by Roger O. Hirson
Led by a mysterious Leading Player, Pippin tells the story of a young prince who dreams of finding his corner of the sky.
The beloved musical is based on the real-life story of Prince Pepin and his father, King Charlemagne. According to the legend, Pepin was encouraged by nobles to assassinate his father, and when the attempt failed, Pepin was sent to live out the rest of his life in a monastery.
The original Broadway production of Pippin premiered on October 23, 1972, at the Imperial Theatre, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and starring Ben Vereen as the Leading Player, John Rubinstein as Pippin and Jill Clayburgh as Pippin's older lover, Catherine. A huge hit, it ran for 1,944 performances, closing on June 12, 1977.
Barry & Fran Weissler, Howard & Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, Inc., A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Steve 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.
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
The musical, originally titled Pippin, Pippin, was first performed in 1967 at Carnegie Mellon’s Scotch ‘n’ Soda theater troupe.