Stephen Schwartz’s much loved musical Pippin will run at the newly minted Garden Theatre in South London.
Directed by Steven Dexter, the show will feature an ensemble cast including Ryan Anderson, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Joanne Clifton, Harry Francis and Dan Krikler. Schwartz has given his blessing for the show to be performed by a cast of six for the the first time ever.
The show has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. The original 1972 Broadway production was directed by Bob Fosse who also contributed to the libretto, and was one of the longest running shows on Broadway.
Initially conceived as a student production by Schwartz at Carnegie Mellon University, Pippin uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. As encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious and lusty sexual entanglements, and savvy political manoeuvres, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought.
Director Steven Dexter said:
“‘Pippin’ originally opened on Broadway in October 1972, however Stephen Schwartz started writing an early version of the show while a student at Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. Flower power was at its peak, war was raging in Vietnam and ‘Hair’ opened on Broadway. It was the year of the Summer of Love. My take on the show – which I have been lucky to direct twice before at drama schools – is told by a group of hippie travellers. A huge thank you to Stephen Schwartz and David Hirson, (son of book writer Roger O. Hirson) for embracing this approach and granting us the rights for a new version of ‘Pippin’ with a cast of six players.”Steven Dexter, Director of Pippin
The creative team includes choreography by Nick Winston, musical direction by Michael Bradley, design by David Shields and casting by Anne Vosser.
Face masks have to be worn for all performances, with audiences socially distanced within The Garden Theatre.
The musical follows the highly acclaimed production of Fanny and Stella which ran at the venue in August.
Pippin will run from 8 September 2020 until 27 September 2020 at The Garden Theatre, adjacent to The Eagle pub on Kennington Lane, South London.