|Patina Miller as The Leading Player|
|Terrence Mann and Mathew James Thomas|
It is an interesting story about a young man on the search for his purpose in life, a life where living in a castle and being wealthy may not be what is best but instead a life of modesty and simple joys. It is a simple and often told tale but director Paulus has enveloped it within a circus tent that explodes with acrobats, tumblers, trapeze artists, dancers and other magical moments that elevate this simple tale into one of mystery, suspense and pure enjoyment.
|Andrea Martin and Matthew James Thomas|
Paulus' direction moves the show along at a quick clip but also allows the right amount of time for the circus choreography and acrobatics by Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider to perfectly interweave with the score and book by Roger O. Hirson. The way the main cast is interwoven into some of the circus acts by Snider is also extremely dazzling and extra special as you feel that even these non circus performers have risen to almost the same level that the circus trained ones in the cast are at. The original Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and a few of Fosse's signature dances from that production are incorporated as well. Scenic design by Scott Pask combines vibrant colors all set under a Big Top Tent that becomes even more magical at the very end of the show when it transforms into something else entirely. Costume design by Dominique Lemieux perfectly combines the colorful circus theme with the required sensual and serious elements of the plot.
Is Pippin a perfect show? No. But it is one with many magical and memorable moments and when combined with Paulus' re-energizing of the material with her circus theme it elevates it into a joyful and dazzling experience of a story of self discovery that is truly not to be missed.
Official Show Site
Highlights from this production:
2013 Tony performance:
"Simple Joys" performed on the David Letterman Show:
"On the Right Track" performed on The View:
"Magic to Do" music video with scenes from the recording of the cast album:
Cast rehearsal clips and interviews with the cast and creative team: