The American Repertory
Theater (A.R.T.) will present Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
, book by Roger O. Hirson
, directed by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus
. Previews begin at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge) on December 5, with press opening on January 3, and running through January 20, 2013. Tickets will go on sale on October 23, the 40th Anniversary of the opening of Pippin on Broadway. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the rehearsals below, along with some shots from the summer workshop.
Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's beloved coming-of-age musical is directed by Diane Paulus with circus choreography by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers) and choreography by Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse. Set design is by Tony Award-winning designer Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award-winning designer Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Tony winner and A.R.T. Resident Sound Designer Clive Goodwin. Orchestration is by Tony Award-winner Larry Hochman, Music Supervision by Nadia Di Giallonardo, and the Music Director is Charlie Alterman.
The cast is led by Matthew James Thomas as Pippin, with Erik Altemus as Lewis, Andrew Cekala as Theo, Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine, Terrence Mann as King Charles, Andrea Martin as Berthe, and Patina Miller as the Leading Player. Other members of the company include Gregory Arsenal, Stephanie Pope Caffey, Lolita Costet, Colin Cunliffe, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Viktoria Grimmy, Olga Karmansky, Rachelle Rak, Philip Rosenberg, YanNick Thomas, Molly Tynes, and Anthony Wayne.
Matthew James Thomas, Gregory Arsenal, Lolita Costet, Orion Griffiths, and YanNick Thomas are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The A.R.T. gratefully acknowledges Actors' Equity Association for its assistance on this production.
Tickets for Pippin begin at $25 and can be purchased online from October 23 at http://www.amrep.org/events/show/pippin or by calling 617-547-8300.
Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva
The workshop: Choreographer Chet Walker and director Diane Paulus
Choreographer Chet Walker and director Diane Paulus watch rehearsal the summer 2012 workshop
The workshop: Diane Paulus and Andrea Martin discuss costume designs with Dominique Lemieux
The workshop: incorporating acrobatics into the action
The workshop Company
Gypsy Snider works with ensemble member Philip Rosenberg at the summer 2012 workshop
From the workshop of Pippin this summer-the extraordinary summer interns with Andrea Martin (who will play Berthe)
Patina Miller works on moves with choreographer Chet Walker
Patina Miller rehearses during the summer 2012 workshop
The workshop: The company tries some dance moves
Erik Altemus and Olga Karmansky in the workshop