Telluride Theatre:“Pippin,” 3/9-12 & 3/16-19
Telluride Theatre presents its fresh spin on the classic Broadway, award-winning musical “Pippin.” The show goes up over two long weekends, Thursday, March 9 – Sunday, March 12 and Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19., 7 p.m. nightly, in the Black Box Theatre at The Palm. Locals’ Night is March 9; tickets are $10 (18 and under)/$15. There is a special dinner show on Saturday, March 17, a fundraiser for Telluride Theatre and Palm Arts. Tickets that night are for “Pippin” + dinner, (at intermission), on the stage, featuring a menu by Pandora Catering. The price is $100 per person. “Pippin” is for ages 21+ only. To purchase tickets, $15 (18 and under)/$25, call 970- 708-3934 or visit telluridetheatre.org/tickets.
Telluride Theatre is excited to present the classic musical “Pippin,” with its memorable score by the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner, musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell,” “Children of Eden”) and book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who originally directed and choreographed the piece, is honored with a major nod in the choreography of the Telluride production.
“Bob Fosse is a genius and ‘Pippin’ conjures his unique approach to dance. Our choreographer, Cat Lee Covert, has worked to bring his spirit to all the dance numbers we do in the show,” stated Sasha Sullivan, artistic director of Telluride Theatre and the show’s director.
The trippy (in a good sense) story follows the young prince Pippin, son of the French ruler and Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Pippin is searching for the meaning of life, so he sets out on a death-defying journey, seeking out his truth in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power, aided and abetted by a troupe of Cirque-stye performers. In the end, Pippin discovers that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in everyday moments, in other words, up close and inside not elsewhere and outside his being.
In 1972, “Pippin” swept the New York Awards circuit (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle; the blockbuster, which is now touring widely, continues to captivate audiences throughout the world.
“Our production delves deeper into the script and what the underlying story of ‘Pippin’ is really all about; there is a lot more there there than most productions reveal.” Sullivan went to say, “Beyond that, our adaptation is truly unique because we have an all-female cast, including 15 amazing women – dancers, singers, performers – who have taken on these iconic roles. ‘Pippin’ is about life: it has so much to say about what we put ourselves through to ‘make it’ or to ‘succeed,’ when conventional success is not necessarily the big win.”
Directed by: Sasha Sullivan
Starring – Erika Bush, Erika Curry Elrod, Cat Lee Covert, Jessica Hafich, Janis Prettitore, Anna Robinson, Pamela Sante, Jerrica Steger, Shellanie Steger, Suelle Steger, Lexie Torelli, Kelsey Trottier, Amy Van Derbosch, Koko Waller– snd Sasha Sullivan.
Musicians – Mark Goldfolgel, Kenny Goldman, Jeffrey Miller
Choreography– Cat Lee Covert
Set Design – Erika Bush
Costume Design – Melissa Harris
Lighting Design – Tree Priest