Acrobats and Broadway actors will be heading to the Orpheum Theatre this November when Pippin opens for a week-long engagement. Pippin is a newly conceived remake of the 1972 original which opened on Broadway nearly 43 years to the day on October 23, 1972. The show ran for five years and closed on June 12, 1977 after 1,944 performances. It’s been named one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, but don’t feel guilty if you are unfamiliar with the show. Musical theatre scholar Scott Miller noted in 1996, “Pippin is a largely under-appreciated musical with a great deal more substance to it than many people realize…Because of its 1970s pop style score and a somewhat emasculated licensed version for amateur productions, which is very different from the original Broadway production, the show now has a reputation for being merely cute and harmlessly naughty; but if done the way director Bob Fosse envisioned it, the show is surreal and disturbing.”
To appeal to a new (and younger) generation of Broadway fans, Pippin features acrobatic dancers in the style of Cirque du Soleil and famous music by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz. The new-and-improved Pippin has the potential to be one of the best shows you’ll see on tour this season, and I am extremely excited to have a go at it. Also, as a fun side note, this show is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.
I’ll be interviewing Brian Florres, the star of Pippin in the title role, this week and I’ll get the chance to learn all about the show. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask feel free to Tweet me or send them to me via the comments in this post! In the meantime, if you’re in the Mid-South area, be sure to purchase your tickets while they’re still available!
The performances are as follows:
DATES: November 17 – 22, 2015
• Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:30 PM
• Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:30 PM
• Thursday, November 19, 2015 7:30 PM
• Friday, November 20, 2015 8:00 PM
• Saturday, November 21, 2015 2:00 PM
• Saturday, November 21, 2015 8:00 PM
• Sunday, November 22, 2015 1:00 PM
• Sunday, November 22, 2015 6:30 PM
TICKETS: $25 – $125
BOX OFFICE: 901.525.3000
GROUP SALES: 901.529.4226