Pippin (musical)

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Original Cast Recording
MusicStephen Schwartz
LyricsStephen Schwartz
BookRoger O. Hirson
Bob Fosse (additional material)
BasisFictitious life of Pippin the Hunchback, son of Charlemagne
Productions1972 Broadway
1973 West End
2013 Broadway revival
2014 First US tour
2017 Second US tour
AwardsTony Award for Best Revival of a Musical

Pippin is a 1972 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical 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.

The protagonist, Pippin, and his father, Charlemagne, are characters derived from two real-life individuals of the early Middle Ages, though the plot is fictional and presents no historical accuracy regarding either. The show was partially financed by Motown Records. As of April 2019, the original run of Pippin is the 36th longest-running Broadway show.

Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival, respectively, making them the first actors to win Tonys for Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress in a Musical, for the same role.


Pippin was originally conceived as a student musical titled Pippin, Pippin and performed by Carnegie Mellon University's Scotch'n'Soda theatre troupe.[1] Stephen Schwartz collaborated with Ron Strauss, and, when Schwartz decided to develop the show further, Strauss left the project. Schwartz had said that not a single line nor note from Carnegie Mellon's Pippin, Pippin made it into the final version.[2]


Act 1[edit]

This musical begins with the Leading Player of a troupe and the accompanying actors inviting the audience to witness their show, breaking the fourth wall ("Magic to Do"). They begin telling the story of Pippin (who they say is being played by a new actor), the first son of Charlemagne. Pippin tells the troupe of his wish for satisfaction, believing he must find his ("Corner of the Sky"). Pippin then returns home to the castle and estate of his father. Charlemagne and Pippin don't get a chance to communicate often, as they are constantly interrupted by nobles, soldiers, and courtiers vying for Charlemagne's' attention ("Welcome Home"). Pippin also meets up with his stepmother Fastrada, and her dim-witted son Lewis. Charles and Lewis are planning on going into battle against the Visigoths soon, and Pippin begs Charlemagne to take him along so as to prove himself. He reluctantly agrees and proceeds to explain a battle plan to his men ("War is a Science").

Once in battle, the Leading Player and the troupe express the battle through dance ("Glory"), with the Leading Player and two lead dancers in the middle (performing Bob Fosse's famous "Manson Trio"). Pippin believed that combat would give him satisfaction, but he is instead horrified ("Corner of the Sky (Reprise)") and decides to flee to the countryside ("Simple Joys"). There, Berthe (his paternal grandmother, exiled by Fastrada) tells Pippin not to be so serious and to live a little ("No Time At All"). Pippin takes this advice and goes to "frolic" with several young women, but it soon becomes overwhelming and Pippin forces them all away ("With You").

The Leading Player enters and talks with the now exhausted Pippin, suggesting that fulfillment can be found in fighting against his father's tyrannical ways. Pippin does so, and Fastrada realizes that if Pippin successfully kills Charlemagne, or if Pippin is arrested for treason, Lewis will be next in line for the throne. She gets Charlemagne to go to his annual prayer at Agnes early, and she tells Pippin that he will be there unarmed ("Spread a Little Sunshine"). At Agnes, Pippin stabs the tyrant, and the people there bow to their new king ("Morning Glow"). The Leading Player mentions to the audience that they will break for now, but to expect a thoroughly thrilling finale.[Note 1]

Act 2[edit]

As king, Pippin brings peace to the land by eradicating taxes, ending the military, and peacefully settling foreign disputes. However, this soon falls through, as Pippin is forced to go back on many of his promises. The Leading Player revives Charlemagne, who takes the throne back, and Pippin is left discouraged, as he still is unfulfilled. The Leading Player tells him that he is ("On the Right Track"), but after experimenting with art and religion, Pippin falls into monumental despair and collapses on the floor.

Widowed farm-owner Catherine finds him on the street and is attracted by the arch of his foot ("And There He Was"), and when Pippin comes to, she introduces herself ("Kind of Woman"). From the start, it is clear that the Leading Player is concerned with Catherine's acting ability and actual attraction to Pippin — after all, she is but a player playing a part in the Leading Player's yet-to-be-unfolded plan. Catherine has Pippin help with her estate. At first, Pippin thinks himself above such things ("Extraordinary"), but after comforting her son, Theo, on the sickness and eventual death of his pet duck (“Prayer for a Duck") he warms up to Catherine ("Love Song"). However, as time goes by, Pippin feels that he must leave the estate to continue searching for his purpose. Catherine is heartbroken and reflects on him, much to the Leading Player's anger and surprise ("I Guess I'll Miss the Man").

All alone on a stage, Pippin is surrounded by the Leading Player and the various troupe members. They tell him that the only fulfilling thing is their perfect act, the Finale, in which Pippin will light himself on fire and "become one with the flame" (implying that he will die in the process) ("Finale"). Just when he is about to do it, Catherine stops him. Catherine and her son Theo stand by Pippin and defy the script, the Leading Player, and the Troupe. Pippin comes to the realization that the widow's home was the only place where he was truly happy, and that maybe the most fulfilling road of all is a modest, ordinary life ("Magic Shows and Miracles"). The Leading Player becomes furious and calls off the show, telling the rest of the troupe and the orchestra to pack up and leave Pippin, Catherine, and her son alone on the empty stage. Pippin realizes that he has given up his extraordinary purpose for the simplest and most ordinary life of all, and he is finally a happy man. When Catherine asks him how he feels, he says he feels "trapped, but happy, which isn't bad for the end of a musical comedy. Tada!"

Extended ending[edit]

Some newer productions of Pippin, including the 2013 Broadway revival, have featured an extension to the original ending. The "Theo ending" was originally conceived in 1998 by Mitch Sebastian. After the troupe shuns Pippin for not performing the grand finale, and he avers his contentment with a simple life with Catherine, Theo remains alone on stage and sings a verse of "Corner of the Sky," after which the Leading Player and the troupe return, backed by the "Magic to Do" melody, implying that the existential crisis at the heart of the play is part of a cycle and will now continue, but with Theo as the troupe's replacement for Pippin. Current productions vary between the two possible endings, though Schwartz himself has expressed his preference for the newer ending.[3]

  1. ^ The original Broadway production was performed in one act, without an intermission. Subsequent productions ended the first act after Charles came back to life before "On the Right Track" until the Broadway revival. The original ending showed the Troupe attempting to perform the finale before Pippin unexpectedly exits the stage. The Leading Player then angrily reassures the audience that the performance would continue.


Though Pippin is written to be performed in one act and its single-arc structure does not easily accommodate an intermission, many performances are broken into two acts. In the two-act version currently licensed by Musical Theatre International, the intermission comes after "Morning Glow," with an Act I finale – an abridged version of "Magic to Do" – inserted after Charles' murder. As with the new ending, the intermission can be added at the director's discretion without additional permission required.[4] The 2013 Broadway revival is performed with an intermission.

Original run[edit]

  • "Magic to Do" – Leading Player and Ensemble
  • "Corner of the Sky"† – Pippin
  • "Welcome Home" – Charlemagne and Pippin
  • "War Is a Science" – Charlemagne, Pippin, and Soldiers
  • "Glory" – Leading Player and Ensemble
  • "Simple Joys" – Leading Player
  • "No Time at All" – Berthe and Ensemble
  • "With You" – Pippin
  • "Spread a Little Sunshine" – Fastrada
  • "Morning Glow”* – Pippin and Ensemble
  • "On the Right Track" – Leading Player and Pippin
  • "And There He Was" – Catherine
  • "Kind of Woman" – Catherine and Ensemble
  • "Extraordinary" – Pippin
  • "Prayer for a Duck" – Pippin, Theo, and Catherine
  • "Love Song" – Pippin and Catherine
  • "I Guess I'll Miss the Man"‡ – Catherine
  • "Finale/Magic Shows and Miracles" – Leading Player, Fastrada, Pippin, and Ensemble

2013 revival[edit]

Licensed version[edit]

† Introduced by John Rubinstein in the title role on Broadway and performed by Paul Jones in the London production. The song was covered by The Jackson 5 in 1972, and is included as a bonus track on the 2000 CD release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording. A duet by Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark, whose vocals were recorded more than 30 years apart, is included on Clark's 2007 CD Duets.

* The song was covered by Michael Jackson (from his 1973 album Music & Me), and is included as a bonus track on the 2000 CD release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording.

‡ The song was covered by The Supremes in 1972, and is included as a bonus track on the 2000 CD release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording.

In the original 1972 production, Fosse planned to use Stephen Schwartz's song "Marking Time," but before the show opened on Broadway the song was replaced with "Extraordinary."



Broadway (1972)[edit]

The show premiered at the Imperial Theater on October 23, 1972, and ran for 1,944 performances before closing on June 12, 1977. It was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

Original cast:

Clive Barnes commented for The New York Times, "It is a commonplace set to rock music, and I must say I found most of the music somewhat characterless....It is nevertheless consistently tuneful and contains a few rock ballads that could prove memorable."[5] Advertising for the Broadway production broke new ground with the first TV commercial that actually showed scenes from a Broadway show.[6] The 60-second commercial showed Ben Vereen and two chorus dancers, Candy Brown and Pamela Sousa, in the instrumental dance sequence from "Glory." The commercial ended with the tagline, "You can see the other 119 minutes of Pippin live at the Imperial Theatre, without commercial interruption."

Musical theatre scholar Scott Miller said in his 1996 book, From Assassins to West Side Story, "Pippin is a largely under-appreciated musical with a great deal more substance to it than many people realize....Because of its 1970s pop style score and a somewhat emasculated licensed version for amateur productions, which is very different from the original Broadway production, the show now has a reputation for being merely cute and harmlessly naughty; but if done the way director Bob Fosse envisioned it, the show is surreal and disturbing."[7] Fosse introduced “quasi-Brechtian elements” [8] to empower audiences. Brecht's ‘distancing effect’ breaks the illusion of reality to encourage analysis of the play's meaning.[9] The ambiguity of Pippin's “trapped, but happy” line forces spectators to confront the frustrations of ordinary life as well as the fruitlessness of Pippin's attempt at revolution. Distancing empowers the spectator to think,[10] and moreover to decide for themselves.

Notable Broadway replacements include: Samuel E. Wright, Northern J. Calloway, Ben Harney, and Larry Riley[11] as Leading Player; Michael Rupert and Dean Pitchford as Pippin; Betty Buckley as Catherine; Dorothy Stickney as Berthe; and Priscilla Lopez as Fastrada.

Cambridge/A.R.T. (2012–13)[edit]

A new production was developed for the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The production was directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Chet Walker, scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Clive Goodwin, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, music supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo, and music direction by Charlie Alterman. Notable in this new production are its integration of illusions by Paul Kieve and circus acts created by Gypsy Snider and performed by the Montreal-based troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Composer Stephen Schwartz was present to oversee the sitzprobe.[12] The production omits the first act number "Welcome Home."[13] The A.R.T. production opened on December 5, 2012 and ran through January 20, 2013. This production transferred to Broadway with an opening on April 25, 2013.

The cast featured:

The players are Gregory Arsenal, Lolita Costet, Colin Cunliffe, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Viktoria Grimmy, Olga Karmansky, Bethany Moore, Stephanie Pope, Philip Rosenberg, Yannick Thomas, Molly Tynes, and Anthony Wayne.[14]

Broadway revival (2013)[edit]

The American Repertory Theater's production of Pippin transferred to Broadway beginning with previews on March 23, 2013 at the Music Box Theatre, followed by an opening on April 25. The same cast that performed at the A.R.T. transferred to the Broadway production: Matthew James Thomas as the title prince, Patina Miller as Leading Player, Andrea Martin as Berthe, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine, Erik Altemus as Lewis, Terrence Mann as King Charles, Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada and Andrew Cekala as Theo. Diane Paulus again directed, with circus choreography and acrobatics by Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider.[15] Miller was nervous to take on the role of the Leading Player, re-creating a character originated by the highly acclaimed Vereen. However, the challenge presented by such a role, and the representational power of the gender-blind casting, outweighed the apprehension. “I know there are people who wonder why the Leading Player has to be a woman this time, but one of the great things about revivals is to be able to do things in a new and exciting way,” Miller said.[16][17] This revival won four categories at the 67th Tony Awards out of 10 nominations, including Best Revival, Best Leading Actress for Miller, Best Featured Actress for Martin, and Best Direction for Paulus. On April 1, 2014, the roles of Pippin and Leading Player were taken over by Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renée, respectively. The role of Berthe was taken over by Tovah Feldshuh, Annie Potts, and then Priscilla Lopez. On June 19, 2014 John Rubinstein, the original Pippin in 1972, replaced Terrence Mann in the role of Charles. From September 2, 2014 through September 21, 2014, the role of Berthe was played again by Andrea Martin, who won the Tony for her portrayal of Berthe in 2013. In September 2014, Carly Hughes replaced Ciara Renee as the Leading Player. In November, Josh Kaufman, winner of the sixth season of U.S. television series The Voice, took over the role of Pippin from Kyle Dean Massey.

The Broadway revival closed on January 4, 2015.

US and international tour (2014-2016)[edit]

Pippin commenced a US tour in September 2014, at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado with Sasha Allen as Leading Player, Kyle Selig as Pippin, John Rubinstein as Charles, Sabrina Harper as Fastrada, Kristine Reese as Catherine, and Lucie Arnaz as Berthe. Andrea Martin reprised her role as Berthe for the last two weeks of the San Francisco engagement and the entire Los Angeles engagement of the tour.[18][19] In Dallas in summer of 2015 the role of the grandmother, Berthe, was played by Adrienne Barbeau[20] and Pippin by Sam Lips.[21] Gabrielle McClinton[22] (who performed the role on Broadway as Tony Award Winner Patina Miller's [23] understudy) replaced Sasha Allen as Leading Player on July 29, 2015 in Chicago, and Brian Flores replaced Sam Lips as Pippin.[21]


The show opened in the West End at Her Majesty's Theatre on October 30, 1973, and ran for 85 performances. Bob Fosse again was director and choreographer.

London cast:

TOKYU THEATRE Orb, Japan (2019)[edit]

A Japanese-language version of Pippin, produced by Fuji-Television, Kyodo-Tokyo and Watanabe-Entertainment in Tokyo, directed by Diane Paulus, opened on June 10, 2019. It then commenced a tour in July in Nagaoya, Osaka and Shizuoka.[24]

The cast featured:


Original Australian production (1974)[edit]

The original Australian production (a replica of the Broadway production) opened in February 1974 at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. It starred John Farnham as Pippin, with Ronne Arnold as the Leading Player, Colleen Hewett as Catherine, Nancye Hayes as Fastrada, David Ravenswood as Charles and Jenny Howard as Berthe.[25] The production transferred to Her Majesty's Theatre in Sydney in August 1974.[26] A cast album was released and it reached 60th on the Australian charts according to the (Kent Music Report)[27].

Sydney (2020-21)[edit]

Following an 8-month suspension of theatrical performances due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Pippin was announced as the first main stage show to return in Australia, produced by the Gordon Frost Organisation. It will play exclusively at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney with previews beginning 24 November and opening on 4 December 2020[28]. The replica production of the Broadway revival will be again directed by Diane Paulus alongside an Australian creative team[29]. The show will be led by Ainsley Melham as Pippin and Gabrielle McClinton[30][31], reprising her role as Leading Player (from Broadway and the US Tour). The cast also includes: Simon Burke as Charlemagne, Lucy Maunder as Catherine, Australian Broadway actress Leslie Bell as Fastrada, Euan Doidge as Lewis and Kerri-Anne Kennerley as Berthe.[32] Theo will be alternated between: Ryan Yates, George Halahan-Cantwell, Andrew Alexander and William Wheeler[33]. The production has attracted controversy for failing to cast a local woman of colour as the Leading Player[34].

Non-replica productions[edit]


Where productions of musicals are often constrained to replicate the original,[35] Pippin empowers directors by giving them content-control.[36] In particular, they can affect the show's tone with Pippin's final line: including “but happy” maintains optimism, while omitting it creates a jaded, tragic effect.[37]

Los Angeles Civic Light Opera (1978)[edit]

Starring Michael Rupert as Pippin, Larry Riley as the Leading Player, Eric Berry as Charles, and Thelma Carpenter as Berthe.

St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre (1986)[edit]

In their 68th season, The Muny staged a production of Pippin, directed by Ben Vereen. Vereen also reprised his original role of the Leading Player. The production was choreographed by Cathryn Doby, who was also in the original production. The cast featured: Sam Scalamoni (Pippin), Betty Ann Grove (Berthe), Ginger Prince (Fastrada), Rae Norman (Catherine), and Ed Dixon (Charles).[38]

Paper Mill (2000)[edit]

In June 2000, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey staged a revival with director Robert Johanson, choreographer, set design Michael Anania, costume design by Gene Meyer and Gregg Barnes, lighting design Kirk Bookman, and orchestrations by David Siegel. The cast starred Jim Newman (Lead Player), Ed Dixon (Charlemagne), Jack Noseworthy (Pippin), Natascia Diaz (Catherine), Sara Gettelfinger (Fastrada), Davis Kirby (Lewis), and Charlotte Rae (Berthe).[39]

Concert (2004)[edit]

In 2004, the first major New York revisitation of the show was featured as the second annual World AIDS Day Concert presented by Jamie McGonnigal. It featured Michael Arden as Pippin, Laura Benanti as Catherine, Julia Murney as Fastrada, Terrence Mann as Charlemagne, Charles Busch as Berthe, and the role of the Leading Player was split up among five actors including Rosie O'Donnell, Darius de Haas, Billy Porter, Kate Shindle and a surprise guest appearance by Ben Vereen, making his first New York stage appearance in over a decade.

Bay Street Theatre (2005)[edit]

In 2005, the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York staged a production starring BD Wong (Leading Player), Stephanie Pope (Fastrada), Anastasia Barzee (Catherine) and James Stanek (Pippin). The production ran from August 9, 2005 through September 4, 2005.

East West Players (2008)[edit]

East West Players (EWP) produced a diverse and inclusive version of the musical featuring a cast with all artists of color as a part of their 42nd season under the artistic direction of Tim Dang. At the time, Pippin was the highest grossing production ever produced by EWP in their 50-year history[40] (later surpassed by Allegiance in 2018). Stephen Schwartz had reached out to Tim Dang on multiple occasions prior to the show's run, playfully noting that EWP had a penchant for hosting the works of Stephen Sondheim while "never [doing Schwartz's] work -- the other SS."[41] From this interaction, a new version of the musical was conceived.

As with other interpretations of this musical, the music and aesthetics of EWP's iteration were a vast departure from the original. Both aspects of the production were heavily inspired by the animated works of Shinichirō Watanabe, who is most well known for his work on the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo; as such, the production incorporated aesthetic aspects of both anime and hip-hop.[41] The set, designed by Alan Muraoka, was constructed in the image of a dance club with characters sporting vibrantly colored costumes and slicked neon hairstyles. Dang saw this blend of cultural elements as a reflection of the youth at the time:

A lot of the younger audiences, the younger performers, don’t want to be defined by race anymore. They’re not necessarily Asian anymore, or African American or Latino. They’re this urban, metropolitan, cosmopolitan kind of generation.[41]

Los Angeles (2009)[edit]

The show was produced in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, from January 15, 2009, through March 15, 2009, in a radically different form. The play's setting was changed to reflect a modern tone and was subtly modified to include deaf actors using American Sign Language. The production was choreographed and directed by Jeff Calhoun for actors from both the Deaf West Theatre Company and the Center Theatre Group. The title character was played by Tyrone Giordano, who was voiced by actor Michael Arden.[42] The New York Times noted that the duality was required by the situation, but effectively showcased the character's "lack of a fixed self" in an exciting new fashion.[43][44]


  • Ty Taylor (Leading Player)
  • Michael Arden and Tyrone Giordano (Pippin)
  • Dan Callaway (Voice of Charles/Soldier)
  • Bryan Terrell Clark (Voice of Theo/Noble)
  • Nicolas Conway/José F. Lopez Jr. (Theo)
  • Rodrick Covington (Voices of Torch Bearer Noble and Couriers No. 2 and No. 3/Courier No. 1)
  • James Royce Edwards (Lewis)
  • Sara Gettelfinger (Fastrada)
  • Harriet Harris (Berthe)
  • Troy Kotsur (Charles)
  • John McGinty (Noble/Courier No. 2/Peasant)
  • Anthony Natale (Torch Bearer/Petitioner/Courier No. 3)
  • Aleks Pevec (Voices of Petitioner and Peasant/Visigoth Head)
  • Melissa van der Schyff (Catherine)
  • Alexandria Wailes (Visigoth Arm)
  • Brad Pitt (Willy)

London (2011)[edit]

The Menier Chocolate Factory opened a revival of Pippin on November 22, 2011

The cast included:

The creative team was led by director/choreographer Mitch Sebastian.

Kansas City (2012)[edit]

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre produced and performed a version of Pippin that opened on September 14, 2012, and closed on October 7, 2012.[45] The score was adapted to reflect a punk-rock style by Curtis Moore and featured Mary Testa.

The cast included (in alphabetical order):[45]

  • Wallace Smith (Leading Player)
  • Utah Boggs (Theo)
  • Sam Cordes (Lewis)
  • Claybourne Elder (Pippin)
  • Katie Gilchrist (Catherine/Ensemble)
  • Jennie Greenberry (Female Ensemble)
  • John Hickok (Charles)
  • Katie Kalahurka (Fastrada/Ensemble)
  • Gil Perez-Abraham Jr. (Male Ensemble)
  • Mary Testa (Berthe)

The creative team was headed by Director Eric Rosen, Production Stage Manager Samantha Greene, Music Director/Orchestrator/Arranger Curtis Moore, Choreography Chase Brock, Scenic Design Jack Magaw, Costumes Alison Heryer, Lighting Design Jason Lyons, and Sound Design Zachary Williamson.

Caracas, Venezuela (2013)[edit]

Pippin, Venezuela, 2013

A Spanish-language version of Pippin, produced by the Lily Alvarez Sierra Company in Caracas, Venezuela, directed by César Sierra, opened on December 12, 2013.

The cast featured:

  • Ruthsy Fuentes (Leading Player)
  • Wilfredo Parra (Pippin)
  • Anthony LoRusso (Charlemagne)
  • Marielena González (Fastrada)
  • Rebeca Herrera Martinez (Catherine)
  • Orlando Alfonzo and Gerardo Lugo (Lewis)
  • Violeta Alemán (Berthe)

Manchester Hope Mill and Southwark Playhouse, UK (2017/18)[edit]

In August 2017, a scaled down production opened at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. It featured a ten-person cast and a scaled down set to focus more on the story.[46][47] This production transferred in late February 2018 to the Southwark Playhouse in London for a limited run. The production starred Jonathan Carlton as Pippin and Genevieve Nicole as Leading Player.[48]

Major awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1973 Tony Award[49] Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Roger O. Hirson Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Ben Vereen Won
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Leland Palmer Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Irene Ryan Nominated
Best Original Score Stephen Schwartz Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Bob Fosse Won
Best Choreography Won
Best Scenic Design Tony Walton Won
Best Costume Design Patricia Zipprodt Nominated
Best Lighting Design Jules Fisher Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director Bob Fosse Won
Outstanding Choreography Won
Outstanding Set Design Tony Walton Won
Outstanding Costume Design Patricia Zipprodt Won

2013 Broadway revival[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2013 Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical Won
Best Actress in a Musical Patina Miller Won
Best Featured Actor in a Musical Terrence Mann Nominated
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Andrea Martin Won
Best Direction of a Musical Diane Paulus Won
Best Choreography Chet Walker Nominated
Best Scenic Design of a Musical Scott Pask Nominated
Best Costume Design of a Musical Dominique Lemieux Nominated
Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kenneth Posner Nominated
Best Sound Design of a Musical Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm Nominated
Drama League Awards Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical Won
Distinguished Performance Award Andrea Martin Nominated
Patina Miller Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Musical Won
Outstanding Director of a Musical Diane Paulus Won
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Andrea Martin Won
Outstanding Choreography Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider Won
Outstanding Costume Design Dominique Lemieux Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Kenneth Posner Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Revival of a Musical Won
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Matthew James Thomas Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Musical Patina Miller Won
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Terrence Mann Won
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Andrea Martin Won
Charlotte d'Amboise Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Musical Diane Paulus Won
Outstanding Choreographer Chet Walker Won
Outstanding Set Design Scott Pask Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design Dominique Lemieux Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Kenneth Posner Won
Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Charlotte d'Amboise Won
Patina Miller Nominated
Andrea Martin Nominated
Stephanie Pope Nominated
Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show Chet Walker Won

Film adaptations[edit]

1981 video[edit]

In 1981, a stage production of Pippin was videotaped for Canadian television. The stage production was directed by Kathryn Doby, Bob Fosse's dance captain for the original Broadway production, and David Sheehan directed the video. Ben Vereen returned for the role of Leading Player, while William Katt played the role of Pippin. However, this version was a truncated adaptation and several sections of the play were cut.[50] In the Broadway version Pippin describes his emotions as "trapped, but happy," but in the video he says only "trapped." Originally, Catherine sings "I Guess I’ll Miss the Man" after Pippin departs, but this song does not appear in the video.[51]


Proposed feature film[edit]

In 2003, Miramax acquired the feature film rights for Pippin, following the success of the film version of the musical Chicago.

It was announced in April 2013 that The Weinstein Company has set director/screenwriter James Ponsoldt to pen and adapt the film.[52][53] In December 2014, Craig Zadan announced that his next project with coproducer Neil Meron would be Pippin, to be produced for The Weinstein Company.[54] In April 2018, the film rights have quietly reverted to Schwartz following The Weinstein Company's bankruptcy filing with the project being shopped to other studios.[55]

Cover versions of songs[edit]

Several cover versions of Pippin's songs have been recorded. Shortly after the show's debut, The Supremes covered "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" (with Jean Terrell singing the lead) and Michael Jackson covered "Morning Glow."

The Jackson 5's single of "Corner of the Sky" reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. "Corner of the Sky" also became a staple of Ross' solo concerts in the 1970s.

"No Time at All", performed by Shirley MacLaine and Darren Criss, was featured on Glee's fifth-season finale.

"Corner of the Sky" was performed by Ben Platt in season two of The Politician.


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