PA Hillary and I recently had a moment of clarity and knew we immediately had to see Pippin after reading some EMPHATIC endorsements from a fellow musical theater lover. We both grew up listening to the Pippin soundtrack, but had never seen a production, so were our minds ever blown when we were able to put our beloved songs into a plot and subsequently have our minds blown by how next-level it all was.
This revival of Pippin was directed by Diane Paulus, the genius who directed the recent Broadway revival of Hair which I can actually say changed my life. To quote a 10-year-old girl in the lobby during intermission – “I wish my eyes could see wider!” At points there were SO many things going on, it was impossible to see them all at once! However, one of the best things about this show (and the actors) in my opinion was the respect for dynamics. When things were supposed to be wild / extraordinary / raging / loud, they were! When they were supposed to be quiet / solemn / serious-ish / subdued, they were! This mastery made both types of moments all the more affecting.
Aside from the amazing music by Stephen Schwartz, the Fosse-inspired choreography, and the ridiculously talented cast – there’s an entire host of circus performers who did things that defy truth and logic and made me swoon like a lil baby.