*Pippin is headed back to Broadway.
The original Broadway version starred Ben Vereen as the Leading Player, an emcee-like role that won him a best-actor Tony. It was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and starred John Rubinstein in the title role.
Producers of the revival that is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston said late Thursday that Pippin will transfer to the Music Box Theatre this spring, reports Entertainment Weekly. Performances begin March 23 with an official opening on April 25.
In Massachusetts, the Vereen role is being filled by Patina Miller, the Tony-nominated star of Sister Act, but there was no immediate word on whether she would join the production on Broadway.
A whimsical coming-of-age story about the son of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Pippin boasts pop-rock music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Schwartz’s other hits include Wicked and Godspell.
This Pippin is being directed by Diane Paulus, who leads the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where the latest revival got its start. Her revivals of both Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess also went to Broadway and each won Tony Awards for best musical revivals.
Pippin opened in 1972 and ran for five years, winning five Tonys. It became a favorite with schools, summer stocks and community theaters across the country.