Diane Paulus’s ‘Pippin’ May Head to Broadway

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Diane Paulus, director of the Tony Award winning revival The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess has another project n the works. According to the New York Times, producers Barry and Fran Weissler are considering signing on as backers of Paulus’s revival of the 1972 musical Pippin. Pippin is schedule to begin its run this winter (Dec. 5-Jan 20) at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Talk of a Broadway production may be premature, but it is certainly possibility if things go well in Cambridge.

Diane Paulus is collaborating with the Montreal circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers) on the new production of Pippin, a story about a young prince searching for meaning in his life. The show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. The show has not played on Broadway since its original four and a half year, 1944 performance run ended in 1977.

There have been no casting announcements, however the casting notice calls for performers with physical strength, flexibility, acrobatic skill and experience with contortion and hand balancing.

In 2010, Paulus held a development reading of Pippin. Tony nominee Gavin Creel participated in the title role.

Hair and Porgy and Bess, the last two Broadway revivals directed by Diane Paulus, each earned the Tony Award for Best Revival. Paulus was also nominated for her direction on both projects. 7 Fingers are responsible for the current production of Traces, the acclaimed fusion of the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance.