BUT she and the entire family will love it! Although the story, music, and Bob Fosse’s choreography remain intact, this amped up, high-flying, death-defying revival of the 1970s era musical by Stephen Schwartz is a joyride you won’t soon forget. The acrobatics are stunning — it’s like watching a science fiction movie on stage. You’ll leave wondering — how did they do that?! Can someone really do that with their body?!
All this to say, don’t miss the Broadway tour of Pippin. It’s every bit as good as the Broadway production. In the title role, Kyle Dean Massey is a quadruple threat! His voice is flawless! It should be illegal for one person to possess this much talent.
At 63 you won’t believe what Lucie Arnaz (Berthe) does on a trapeze. She’s the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in real life and Pippin’s grandmother in the show.
During my interview with Kyle Dean Massey (available on demand below), he mentioned that Pippin is the first show he’s been in where the ensemble is without a doubt as integral as the main characters. He’s right – there are no tangential roles in this Pippin.
I’m not sure if anyone can top Patina Miller, who won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as the Leading Player in the Broadway revival of Pippin. It isn’t Sasha Allen, who was in the top 5 on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice. She does not have “the voice” for this role. After the disastrous performances of American Idol wannabes Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I’m beginning to think “making it” on a reality show doesn’t necessarily mean you’re cut out to be on the Great White Way. Ms. Allen is an excellent dancer. She’s probably better suited for Dancing with the Stars.
Pippin is on stage through Sunday, January 18th at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, New York. Tickets available at RBTL.org. The entire tour schedule is at Pippinthemusical.com/tour.