Music and Lyrics by StephenSchwartz and the Book is by Roger O. Hirson.
Directed by Paul Angelo
Lakewood Theatre Company continues its 66th season with the extraordinarily timeless tale of Pippin from composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell). Directed by Paul Angelo with musical direction by Valery Saul and choreography by Erin Shannon, this musical questions the choices we make in life that lead us to happiness. Pippin first premiered on Broadway in 1972, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson. The original production featured choreography and direction by Bob Fosse, who won Tony awards for both categories in 1973.
A troupe of players enters the stage, led by the enigmatic Leading Player (Jessica Tidd) and they prepare to tell the story of Pippin (Paul Harestad). Young prince Pippin’s tale begins as he returns home from his studies, certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life. As he sets off on adventures through war, love and politics, he is guided by the cunning hand of the Leading Player, who influences him in his most ambitious tasks. Along the way, we encounter Pippin’s father, the tyrant King Charles (Dan Murphy) and his scheming wife Fastrada (Stephanie Heuston), Pippin’s kindly grandmother Berthe (Joan Freed) and a young widow named Catherine (Kelly Sina) each of whom contributes to shaping his story. While the Players strive to steer Pippin towards the perfect finale, Pippin begins to discover what it truly means to be extraordinary in our world.
Cost: $39/adults, $37/Senior. Discounts for students and groups.