After a nine-year hiatus, the Tony-winning Pippin is back with a new production by Landmark Musicals (which presented that 2010 production) in eight performances beginning March 16 at the Rodey Theatre on the University of New Mexico campus.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated version continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. 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). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

There are parts of Pippin that are historically accurate (other parts were imagined by the book writer, Roger Hirson). Charlemagne was, of course, a real person, as were his sons Pippin (actually Pepin), and Lewis (known as Louis the Pious) who succeeded dad as emperor and king of the Franks. Pippin didn’t quite make it and, after failing to remove his father as king, became a monk and died in obscurity.   Charlemagne had four wives, one of which was named Fastrada, who is prominent in the musical.

We have no information about the dancing proclivities of Charlemagne, Pippin, et al, but rest assured the dancing in the musical is extraordinary. Original choreography was by Bob Fosse and Landmark’s resident choreographer, Louis Giannini, has Fosse in mind.

Pippin opens Saturday, March 16, for eight performances. The director is Gary Bearly, music director is Darby Fegan. The production design is by Dahl Delu, Landmark’s Emmy award-winning resident production designer.

The Rodey Theatre • Albuquerque

7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays



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