February 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The folks who brought magic to the new Pippin in Massachusetts are coming south to Broadway. Producers on Monday said Matthew James Thomas would star this spring as Pippin; Patina Miller would be the Leading Player; Terrence Mann would be Charles; Charlotte d'Amboise would play Fastrada; Rachel Bay Jones would be Catherine, and Andrea Martin would play Berthe. All starred in the show that ended its run last month at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston.
February 24, 2016 |
As Pippin , the Tony-winning 1972 musical about the fictitious life of King Charlemagne's son and his struggles to claim the throne, comes to the Academy of Music stage Tuesday through Feb. 28, it will bring together two theater vets who came to Broadway on very different paths. Stephen Schwartz - the acclaimed composer and lyricist behind Godspell (1971) and Wicked (2003), as well as Disney films such as Pocahontas (1995) and The Prince of Egypt (1998) - was all but born in the footlights.
February 28, 2016 |
In 1972, Pippin was all about the Fosse. With its 2013 Broadway revival, and, now, its national tour, currently hip-thrusting and somersaulting its way through the Academy of Music, it's all about Gypsy Snider's acrobatics and what stage magic director Diane Paulus has to do to keep Pippin popping for 21st-century audiences. Snider, a founder of the Quebec circus troupe 7 Doigts de la Main (which has performed at two Philadelphia Fringe Festivals), provides the spectacle to dazzle audiences as well as Pippin, the purpose-challenged son of King Charlemagne (named Charles here)
February 25, 2001 |
Long after her last class of the day, a virtual sea of teenage faces surrounds Ali LaVecchia. A girl has to show the Haddonfield Memorial High School teacher and director her costume. Someone else needs LaVecchia's keys. Another actor needs to know how long practice will last, and the person at the back of the line wants to find out if her aunt can attend a special matinee showing of Pippin, the musical that will open this week. Unfazed by the commotion, LaVecchia inspects fabric, dispenses keys and answers questions with the poise of a pro. After all, she is one: LaVecchia, 49, is the veteran of 52 dramas, comedies, musicals and sundry theater ventures, many of which have taken place during her years at Haddonfield Memorial.
February 23, 1999 |
Young stars were putting up stars at Bala Cynwyd Middle School as part of a fund-raising effort that includes a school musical. This weekend's "Pippin" will raise money for the Cyctic Fibrosis Foundation. Leila Orchin, 14, hangs stars that were sold for a dollar donation.
July 21, 1994 |
It's no surprise that there's a smart-alecky, jaunty, sometimes too-clever- for-its-own-good feel to the American Experiment Theater's inaugural production. The show, running through Sunday at Haverford School's Centennial Hall, is Stephen Schwartz's musical revue Magic to Do, and its director is his son, Scott, who comes to us straight from Harvard. Schwartz isn't even a Harvard graduate - he's a senior, presumably headed back to school in the fall. So, consider his founding of a professional theater company (along with recent Harvard alum Jon Dorf)
April 8, 2016 |
A palomino named Chief enjoys a fresh mix of alfalfa and sorghum with Dice, Jack, Mickey, Mystery, and Fudge. Fudge, by the way, is a rather large mule. But equines of all kinds dine comfortably here, at what could be described as an al fresco food court. "Welcome to Labrador Hill Sanctuary," says Sarah Rabinowitz Mognoni, who founded the facility on 15 pristine Waterford Township acres in 2000. "They eat all day long here," Mognoni, an engaging guide in fun shades and horseshoe-themed earrings, observes.
March 21, 1997 |
Cardinal O'Hara High School, an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school at 1701 S. Sproul Rd., Springfield, is hosting a series of public events for the school's annual Fine Arts Week. Tonight and tomorrow at 7 student art will be on display and O'Hara band members will play chamber music. These events will be followed at 8 both nights by the musical Pippin. Admission to Pippin is $6 and $8; all other events are free. FUN FAIR Park Lane Elementary School, part of the William Penn School District, will host a Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.
February 10, 1991 |
From the time he was little, Clayton Strange wanted to dance. He would cut the rug for family and friends almost from the time he could walk, said his mother, Lillian. He was only 4 when he turned to her and made it official. "He said he wanted to be a dancer and an entertainer," Lillian Strange said. "He was bitten by show biz. " Clayton Strange, who went on to fulfill his childhood dream by dancing professionally in shows such as Pippin and Ain't Misbehavin', died Feb. 1 at age 34 of a collapsed lung at Graduate Hospital.