I had been looking forward to seeing “Pippin” ever since I first heard of it on the Tony Awards. The opening song, “Magic To Do” caught hold of my interest immediately. When I saw that “Pippin was one of the touring Broadway productions that would perform at the Orpheum during their 2014-2015 season, I was ecstatic. “Pippin” was created by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. The revival production was directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Chet Walker. “Pippin” is playing at the Orpheum until February 22nd.
I loved Sasha Allen as The Leading Player. She was as graceful and mysterious as a cat and her voice was utterly hypnotic. The audience loved her and she received the most applause out of any of the cast during the bows. Sabrina Harper, who played Pippin’s conniving stepmother Fastrada, was a wonderful dancer and actress. Her quick changes were astounding. I also enjoyed Sam Lips as Pippin. He seemed so young and utterly naive, but with a desire to succeed, which fit the character perfectly. Sam’s voice was not flawless, but he sounded like real person, not just an actor who’s done the same show countless times.
The choreography was an eclectic mixture of circus tricks, new dance moves, and the old Bob Fosse dances. “War is a Science” was almost entirely the original Fosse routine. They also used the original Fosse choreography for the dance solo in the song “Glory”. It was nice to see that they still used some of one of the most well known choreographers in our history’s dances.
The set looked like Broadway had gone and abducted a circus tent and put it up on stage. I enjoyed how they used The Leading Player’s shadow on the opening curtain to open the show, it made the show feel more intriguing. The traveling ladders were a brilliant idea and the circus performers used them in many different ways. I loved all of the costumes. It was like I was actually watching a circus show. They were both flamboyant and classic all at once. There was bucket loads of glitter and shiny spandex, which is just the way it should be. The costumes were completely over the top and they somehow managed to not restrict the movement of the performers.
You should definitely go see this spectacular show. At first it might seem like just a silly show, but if you look deeper, you’ll find the hidden meanings behind the things that occur. This show is appropriate for ages 13 and up for large amounts of sexual innuendo.