My all-time favorite play is called Pippin. I had seen it several times as a kid, and I love listening and singing along to the music. I heard that a Broadway revival was being done and started investigating on YouTube. I found some preview videos and showed them to the boys; they were intrigued. We started listening to the music, and I showed them scenes (from YouTube) of the original Broadway show. They fell in love with the music and the revival seemed like it would be awesome, and they started telling me they wished they could see it live.
Since we are a family that travels quite a bit, I started thinking that maybe we could organize our travel so we could make it to NYC to on our way to visit family on the east Coast. In October 2013, we arrived in NYC (on an Amtrak train from Chicago, which is another awesome story). The next day, we were walking around Times Square, and we ended up finding the theater where Pippin was playing.
We all agreed the show was exciting, but the end was a bit sad. There were several differences between the original and the revival, including some of the lyrics and the end. But all in all, it was a great show that we all recommend seeing if you have the chance.
An interesting fact: The Leading player in Pippin is a ‘guide’ that ushers the audience through the play. Ben Vereen (1973) and Patina Miller (2013) are the only different gender pair to win a Tony Award for portraying the same character (Vereen as Best Actor in a Musical, 1973, and Miller as Best Actress in a Musical, 2013).
Another interesting tidbit, when the show opened on Broadway in 1972, Pippin was played by John Rubinstein, now as the play begins a US Tour, John will be playing Charles or Charlemagne, Pippin’s father. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]