New Leads Announced for ‘Pippin’
The hit revival of Pippin will have two new leads as of April 1. Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renée will take over the roles of Pippin and the Leading Player respectively. Matthew James Thomas and Tony winner Patina Miller will play their last performances in the roles on March 30.
Massey just finished playing Fiyero in the Broadway company of Wicked. His additional theater credits include Next to Normal, Xanadu, Lucky Guy, and Altar Boyz. Renée made her Broadway debut earlier this season as the Witch in Big Fish. She is a recent graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace College. The current cast also includes Tony nominee Terrence Mann (Cats, Les Miserables), Charlotte d’Amboise (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway) and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Annie Potts (Designing Women).
This is the first Broadway revival of Pippin. It opened on April 25, 2013 at the Music Box Theater and has won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Featuring a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, the musical focuses on the titular character, a medieval prince seeking his identity. The story is told by a band of roving actors, led by the charismatic Leading Player. The original production, opened in 1972 and ran for 1,944 performances. It won five Tony Awards including Best Director and Choreography for Bob Fosse. This production, first presented at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., is directed by Diane Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess) and employs a circus theme.