Friday, March 9, 2012

Diane Paulus to Direct Pippin at A.R.T.

Tony-nominated Director Diane Paulus will direct a production of Stephen Schwartz's 1972 musical Pippin. Her production, to be choreographed by Gypsy Snider, will appear at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass in December. Paulus, who directed the Tony-winning revival of Hair a few seasons ago, as well as the current Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess (which also transferred from the A.R.T.), directed a production of Pippin in 2010 starring Broadway star Gavin Creel. No other casting or production team have been announced.

According to, "Pippin, the Charlemagne-inspired story of a prince who leaves his kingdom but returns to fight his tyrannical father, originally opened on Broadway on October 18, 1972 at the Imperial Theatre. Featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, the original production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. Ben Vereen received a Tony Award for Best Actor for his work as the Leading Player, and Bob Fosse took home trophies for his direction and choreography. The original Broadway production also starred Irene Ryan and Jill Clayburgh, in addition to John Rubenstein in the title role."

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