“Pippin, the Musical”
Main Theatre, Wright Hall
PIPPIN, Book by Roger O. Hirson, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
A troupe of performers, led by a charismatic Leading Player, tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find purpose, passion and adventure in his life. Fresh from university, Pippin’s colorful musical journey finds him going to war, exploring the joys of sex, opposing his father’s tyranny, and possibly finding love and a life with an attractive widow — all the while seeking his “corner of the sky.”
“This is a modern-day interpretation of the show,” said the production’s director and choreographer Mindy Cooper. “It asks the question – What if our best hope is a young man who, in his desire to find himself, must first cut the puppet strings that tie him to generations of corruption and greed? This ‘Pippin’ is set in today’s political environment of upheaval, its own special brand of a circus.”
Roger O. Hirson (Book) has written extensively for the theater, movies and television. His Broadway credits include Pippin, Walking Happy and Darling of the Day. He won the Emmy for his six-hour television mini-series A Woman Named Jackie. Mr. Hirson’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which starred George C. Scott, was honored by a Royal Command performance. He wrote the film Demon Seed and the story for The Bridge at Remagen.
Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics) wrote the score for the Broadway hit Wicked and contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working, Rags and Children of Eden. He collaborated with Alan Menken on songs for Disney’s Enchanted, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Norte Dame and wrote the score for DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt. His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. Schwartz has won three Academy Awards and four Grammy Awards. http://www.stephenschwartz.com.
The original production of Pippin was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and opened on Broadway in 1972 winning five Tony Awards. The musical’s 2013 revival received four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.