ANDY AND KELSEY GO TO BROADWAY: Pippin

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Posted on July 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 11:22 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - If re-creating an original is tricky, then re-creating an original hit may be even trickier. Luckily, "Pippin" is all about tricks, and in this revival they've pulled out every one.

Gypsy Snider said she never wanted to be on Broadway. She grew up in a circus family, traveling the country with animals and acrobats. She’s still working with acrobats, and still under the big top, only now it’s on one of the most famous stages on earth. 

A stage where you never know what will happen.

“Why I think people are intrigued with the circus is there’s an element of risk and danger,” said Snider. “And, the audience gets all the more involved in the experience... In the theatrical experience of it."

Pippen is truly an experience. The original rocked Broadway audiences in the 1970s with its music, flair and sexuality. Bringing it back to the stage 40 years later took someone brave.

Specifically, one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world, Tony-award winning director Diane Paulus.

Paulus said: “It was a challenging rhythm. [It was] a challenging new art form to bring into the theater, but that was my fantasy.  My fantasy was how can we take a Broadway show to a new place? What would it mean to have circus acrobats standing on their heads singing a Broadway chorus?  That’s what I've never seen and that’s what I wanted to bring to the theater."

She brought the circus into what was already a narrated-on-stage, behind-the-curtain production.  It’s not only the mind-bending visuals that will pull you in, but the story will truly bend your mind too. 

"Pippin is about a mysterious, magical world, and the very famous song ‘Join us': She's inviting us into an adventure," Paulus said with a twinkle in her eye. “This show asks how far will I go in my life to be extraordinary. I certainly feel that’s a question we ask all the time. Especially in this age of reality shows and You Tube.  I can be a star! And this show looks at what does that really mean?"

If that has you wishing you had seen Pippin back in 1973, you sort of can. The original Pippin actor is going to be here in Louisville. In the touring cast, John Rubinstein is playing Pippin's father, Charlamagne.  And another face you might recognize is Sasha Allen, a finalist on the fourth season of “The Voice” who will play the part of Leading Player in the touring cast.

Pippin comes to the Kentucky Center for the Arts June 2-7, 2015. Tickets are now available on http://louisville.broadway.com/

 

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