I entered the Music Box Theater with great trepidation. This was the fourth time I was to see Pippin. The first time was in on Broadway in 1973 when John Rubinstein starred as Pippin (he now play's Pippin's father Charles). I didn't like it at all! Then I saw it in Milwaukee years later---it stunk! The last time I saw it was at the Paper Mill Theater in NJ----lousy! I had heard this production was different and thank God it is! This production has a deservedly apropos circus atmosphere to it (as it should have all along!) What a spectacular show! All credits go to director Diane Paulus for her uncanny imagination and insight. Kudos also goes to choreographer Chet Walker for toning up the original routines and acrobatic stunts in the style of the late and great Bob Fosse. All members of the ensemble are to be congratulated for this stunning production. The entire night will fill you with awe as you listen to beautiful songs sung by an exceptional cast while you are wrapped in a Cirque du Soleli atmosphere. This one can't miss. Go see it even if you were disappointed in other productions. It's time to see Pippin as it should be presented.
2hr. 35min. (1 intermission)
Opened Apr 25, 2013
When I first saw the Pippin on Broadway I didn't know what to expect. I knew the music, I knew the story, and I had done the show at a community theater. I liked the show but there was no emotional connection. Seeing it years later I was blown away by the talent and the vision of Diane Paulus! The circus is the perfect venue for this show. Stephen Schwartz's score was revamped and re imagined for this revival. Every song is exciting and is sung with power and conviction. Patina Miller was fierce, Matthew James Thomas was engaging as the title character, and the ensemble is phenomenal. Do not pass over this surprising and jaw-dropping production. Once the curtain drops you never want to leave this beautiful circus.