Further casting, new venue & rescheduled dates announced for 50th anniversary concert production of ‘PIPPIN’

Producers Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment & Carter Dixon McGill Productions have announced further casting for the upcoming 50th anniversary concert production of Stephen Schwartz‘s classic musical, PIPPIN, joining the previously announced Tony Award-winning Broadway star of Shucked, Alex Newell, as Leading Player.

Due to artist scheduling issues, the two concerts are now moving from the London Palladium to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on new dates – Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 April 2024 at 7.30pm. Ticket holders will be contacted by LW Theatres to confirm their seats for the new dates and venue.

Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodge, who created the role of Catherine in the original 1973 West End premiere of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, will play Berthe. Lucie Jones, whose West End roles include Jenna in Waitress, Fantine in Les Misérables and Elphaba in Wicked, will play Catherine. Cedric Neal, who has just been nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his recent role as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre, will play Charlemagne. Zizi Strallen, best known for her Olivier-nominated role as Mary Poppins in the West End, will play Fastrada. Jac Yarrow, who was Olivier Award-nominated for his West End debut in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will play Pippin.

The production will also feature Ryan Heenan as Theo and Idriss Kargbo as Lewis, and Amonik Melaco, Jak Allen-Anderson, Sally Frith and Gleanne Purcell-Brown as Players.

Further cast to be announced.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, including the classic songs Corner of the Sky and Magic to Do, Pippin is a soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfilment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavours, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

Stephen Schwartz said:Although there have been some excellent recent productions of Pippin in the UK, the show never gets to be heard with a full live orchestra and choir. This concert, with a cast led by the astonishing Alex Newell and produced under the always first-rate auspices of Katy Lipson’s Aria Entertainment and Carter Dixon McGill, promises to be a once-in-a-blue-moon event. I for one cannot wait to experience it!

The concert production will be directed by Jonathan O’Boyle with musical direction by Chris Ma. The creative team also includes Choreographer Joanna Goodwin, Set & Costume Designer Polly Sullivan, Lighting Designer Jamie Platt, Sound Designer Adam Fisher, and Orchestrations by Simon Nathan, based on original orchestration by Larry Hochman. The casting director is Jane Deitch.

For more information, and to book tickets, please visit: lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/pippin-50th-anniversary-concert/

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