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“Pippin” thru 5/31

Proctors

State Street, Schenectady

Proctors.org

“Pippin” is in town this week, and brings with him an all-star cast of great voices and circus performers to help tell his story.  This rendition is a revival play, revived by Diane Paulus, and aptly makes up for the demands of an audience of the 21st century. It comes complete with one of the best circus shows anywhere. Yes, a five star musical combined with a five star circus, spells a dandy good time. The history lessons are still there, of course—leading you to think the first few parts are not exciting, if you’re not a history buff—but get thru the necessary Social Studies, and the glam, glitter, acrobatics and style are there and in your face.

Charlemagne wanted a kingdom of Christians and his endeavors to this end left Pippin in dismay. To tell this story, this dynamo of a show is blessed with exciting musical talent, a circus acts second to none, a plot that asks the unending question, “What is my purpose?”, and all and all, this is one fantastic show.

Pippin searches for his corner in the sky—don’t we all? The curtain literally drops, welcoming the audience to a death-defying and exhilarating cirque theme as good as any we have seen. It opens with our Pippin (Sam Lips) lighting up the stage, followed by a poignant rendition of “Corner in the Sky”. Stand back. The “scholar of the house” is searching for that little piece of himself. Later he is reunited with his father, King Charlemagne. Charlemagne, played by John Rubinstein, is no newcomer—Rubinstein played “Pippin” some forty years earlier

Also blessing this stage of talent is none other than Adrienne Barbeau, best known for playing the daughter on Maude. Barbeau plays Berthe and is a source of guidance for our Pippin. Her spunk and zest for life were infectious, and she leads the audience on a sing-a-long during one number, with one lesson in mind: Simplify life, look at the sun, and be happy.

This a musical packed with entertainment. I must call this a "Must See"--and make sure to bring the kids.

  --Kim Gorham, for didyouweekend.com

From the Proctors website:

The 2013 Tony Award winner for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL is back for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory.

This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). Pippin features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts De La Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

pippinthemusical.com

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