Pippin (2013 Broadway Revival Musical)
  • By Tom Rolph
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  • 24th Aug 2023
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  • ★★★★

An exceptionally enthusiastic and talented youth theatre put on a revival of the 2013 version of Pippin. An ensemble cast tell the tale of a young prince, Pippin, who doesn't know what he wants from the world. We got to watch Pippin's life unfold as he thought for and against his father, finds love and in the end finds what it was he was looking for all along. Pump House CYT tells this story with immense gusto and considerable talent from a local youth theatre.

They brought to life a show that needed their enthusiasm to flourish

With a simplified set and use of props for a fringe run they still manage to display the undeniable magic that is woven throughout the show. They depict different settings and scenes in interesting and imaginative ways, especially the death of King Charlemagne who’s body is cleverly carried off after a quick and effective illusion. The live, small pit band also did an exceptional job at creating the atmosphere needed in live musical theatre.

Pippin was played incredibly well and he projected and sang out to the audience confidently and with character. He came across as effortlessly charismatic, as well as painfully annoying when the character called for it. Charlemagne was played with definite exuberance and confidence and stood out as a larger than life character, whilst his wife Fastrada plays her part with equal confidence and skill. The standout star was the Leading Player who carried a lot of the magic of the show on her shoulders. She had a voice that filled the room and strutted around the stage with the power needed from the role.

The entire ensemble and every supporting character was wonderful to watch and they brought to life a show that needed their enthusiasm to flourish.

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The Blurb

An extraordinary musical full of magical feats in the 2013 Broadway revival version of this multi Tony Award-winning musical from the composer of Wicked and Godspell. 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? Will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating production features acrobatics and sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse. This musical and Pump House CYT are celebrating their 50th anniversaries. Join us... for a magical, unforgettable new Pippin.

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