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posted Friday, August 21, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 34
PIPPIN: They've got 'Magic to Do' - and did!
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PIPPIN: They've got 'Magic to Do' - and did!

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

PIPPIN, THE MUSICAL
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Through August 23


The musical Pippin, although a high school staple, has only been revived on Broadway once since its 1972 debut. A simple show that tells a grand story, the musical delights audiences and for good reason; it's a fun show, with beautiful music and good performances. Currently playing at the Paramount Theatre, Pippin is worth the ticket.

The story tells of troupe of players, part circus and part burlesque, that decide to tell the story of Pippin.

Pippin was the first-born son of Charlemagne, the Great, and was consistently misrepresented throughout history. Here he is a scholar who returns to his father's kingdom trying to find his own path. Pippin tries his hand at war, at politics, sex, the arts, and even at being King - all to no avail. He can't find his passion in anything he explores. Finally, he runs away from his responsibilities to the countryside. A peasant widow, and her small boy take in Pippin, after finding him unconscious along the road. It is through the everyday, common procedures of his new life that Pippin finds the worth of himself, and his own happiness.

The cast of Pippin is relatively small but there isn't a single bad performer among the troupe. The supporting roles are important to pointing Pippin towards the different routes he explores in his life. His grandmother, Berthe (played by Priscilla Lopez) is one of the major influences for Pippin. It is easy to tell that Ms. Lopez is having fun playing the part of the octogenarian that takes nothing for granted. Her voice is in great form - being an original veteran of A Chorus Line and In The Heights - and her aerial ballet is truly beautiful to watch. Ms. Lopez embraces the role and gives Berthe the zest for life that the character crows about. John Rubinstein plays Charles, the Great (aka Charlemagne), and for him it is a full circle journey. Originally creating the role of Pippin in 1972, Mr. Rubinstein now plays Pippin's father. He portrays the conqueror as an older, comical King, in whom we can see some of the greatness he tries to instill in his son. Mr. Rubinstein's voice is clear and well suited to do the patter number 'War is a Science.'

The two main roles are, obviously, Pippin (Brian Flores) and the Leading Player (Gabrielle McClinton). Mr. Flores brings a youthful vigor into the title role. His energy comes through along with the eagerness that Pippin projects so easily. His voice reaches the back of the theater in a gentle way allowing the beautiful lyrics to spin their own magic. The Leading Player is a combination of narrator and nemesis for Pippin. It is her job to keep the show moving along as well as to inform the audience through any exposition that may be needed. Ms. McClinton would do Bob Fosse (the original director/choreographer) proud with the way she controls every singular body movement. She has enough stage presence allure to seduce the audience into the show, and an inner strength to instill a sense of hesitancy to the characters that cross her. Her voice is strong and easily wraps around the sensual lyrics and music created by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked).

The majority of the supporting cast are acrobatic performers, many with circus backgrounds and training. These men and women are beautiful to watch as they leap across the stage doing tumbling acrobatics. There are people leaping through hoola-hoops held a yard high on the stage, trapeze artists swinging above or doing aerial ballets, human towers, the balancing of large objects, bouncing - choreographed clown balls, or simple jovial behavior. No matter what, they are performing and are doing an excellent job.

There really isn't anything to complain about with this musical. It's simply staged so as not to distract from the range of the performers' talents. The music and lyrics are good, encouraging, uplifting, toe tapping and something you'd want to hear again. And why wouldn't they be, they are written by the impresario Stephen Schwartz; Pippin was his second musical on Broadway. No matter why you go, to share with family or to enjoy on your own, you are bound to be entertained. They have magic to do - and they did it well!

Pippin opened on Broadway on October 18, 1972 and remained there for almost five full years. Originally starring John Rubinstein (as Pippin), Ben Vereen (The Leading Player), Jill Clayburgh (Catherine) and Irene Ryan (Berthe) the show was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won five including Best Actor (Ben Vereen), and Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography for Bob Fosse. A full-length recording of the stage musical was released starring Ben Vereen, William Katt, and Chita Rivera.

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