‘Pippin’ at The Fox
The national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of “Pippin” plays at The Fox this coming week, just months after the show closed a two-year run on Broadway. Directed by Diane Paulus, who also directed the Broadway revival, won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Director. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, who conceived the idea for the musical, and also wrote the music and lyrics for “Godspell,” “Wicked” and numerous other Broadway musicals and films.
The original production hit Broadway in 1973 and won numerous Tony Awards. I saw it in 1974, but there’s a lot of acrobatics in this version not seen originally. The revival won four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival.
The show features choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the international tour of “Traces.”
“Pippin” is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”
If you’ve never seen Schwartz’s work live, perhaps you’ve seen that of his son, Scott Schwartz (the director, not the California actor), who directed a fantastic production of “Next to Normal” at the Alliance Theatre a couple of years ago. I would go see anything by either one of these creators.
Book by Roger O. Hirson, “Pippin” runs May 5 – May 10 at The Fox.