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2013 TONY AWARD WINNER: BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL (nominated for 10 Tony Awards)

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Pippin won 4 Tony Awards for:

Best Musical Revival

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Patina Miller

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Andrea Martin

Best Direction of a Musical: Diane Paulus

The original show from 1972 was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. The story of the revival musical is the same but what it is wrapped in is something totally different. It is still in Bob Fosse's style but with added new choreography to fit and features astounding acrobatics.

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Pippin, and his 8th-century French King father,Charlemagne (King Charles), are characters derived from two real-life individuals of the early Middle Ages, though the plot presents very little historical accuracy.

The story is told by a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player who in the 2013 revival show is a female played by Patina Miller (Winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role 2013).

Pippin is on a quest to find passion, adventure and his "corner of the sky". After graduating, the young prince is searching for meaning in his life by staging it as taking place within a circus.

He is encouraged by the flashy troupe of strolling players to try his hand at war, love, and other joys before settling down.

Charles and Pippin don't get a chance to communicate often,and Charles is clearly uncomfortable speaking with his educated son or expressing any loving emotions.

As Charles plans to go into into battle against the Visigoths Pippin convinces him to take him along so that he can prove himself to his father. Fastrada, Pippin's stepmother is delighted with the news and hopes that both Charles and Pippin perish so that her beloved son Lewis can become king.

The Leading Player then tells Pippin that he should probably use the chance to actually fight the tyranny, and uses Charles as a perfect example of an unenlightened tyrant to fight. While Pippin plans a revolution, Fastrada arranges the murder of Charles, and Pippin falls victim to her plot. Pippin murders his father and takes over the throne. However, he realizes that neither he nor his father could change society and had to act as tyrants. He begs the Leading Player to bring his father back to life, and she obliges.

The prince falls in love with Catherine, a widow with a young son (much to the Leading Player’s chagrin) and struggles to decide whether he should settle down and pursue a peaceful life or continue to make magic with the dazzling troupe of performers.

The director, Diane Paulus, re-imagined the 1972 musical collaborating with Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company "Les 7 Doigts De La Main" ( Seven Fingers) to create the high-flying show.

Watch the next video you if you would like to find out more about the creation of the show:

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Pippin is a 2h 30 min, high-energy extravaganza that makes for a positively electrifying night at the theater.

As the story unfolds, acrobats fly through the air, contort themselves into impressive positions and perform classic circus tricks. Even the leading actors get in on the action, throwing swords, riding unicycles, hula hooping, and even flying on the trapeze.

The subject matter is much darker than the version performed in schools and involves skimpy costumes, violence and allusions to sex.

The production is perhaps great for teens, but see the musical before letting your younger ones join.

Pippin at The Music Box Theatre: 239 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036 US

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