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It is amazing to realize that this larger-than-life show could possibly be contained on our home turf here at The Playhouse. Pippin questions its own existence in a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek way — there are balancing acts, air suspension and gravity-defying flips that left us astonished. The fact that the show's lead Housso Semon as the "Ring Leader" effortlessly dances on high-heeled shoes for lengthy numbers left us feeling a bit lazy in our seats.
|The Cast of Pippin. Photo courtesy of The Playhouse on Rodney Square.|
Director Diane Paulis has garnered several awards for her direction on this dazzling touring production of Pippin, and it's easy to see why — but perhaps the proverbial spotlight should be on this show's stunning lighting design. Kenneth Posner has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design 10 times for various productions including Wicked and Hairspray. His work for Pippin has accentuated the captivating Fosse-esque choreography by Chet Walker, which is easily the number one reason to see Pippin — the energetic and physical feats of acrobatic and dance excellence!
Favorite players that had us talking on the ride home afterward:
- Brendon Schaefer (King Charlemagne) — for his candor, mannerisms and frivolous-yet-mature attitude on ruling a kingdom that could only come from a lifetime of experience.
- Erica Lee Cianciulli (Fastrada) — for her devious allure and personality in stage movement where she truly made it an extension of her character.
- Rachael Britton Hart (Berthe) — for her pointed, wicked wit and charm; a seasoned flower that gives the newer kids on the block a run for their money.
- General ensemble cast — for their remarkable adherence to complex choreography and overall magic and verve.
Pippin runs through March 12 at The Playhouse on Rodney Square Tickets range from $40-85 and discounts are available for seniors, groups of 10 or more and children ages 12 and under.