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Priscilla Lopez to Take Over for Annie Potts in ‘Pippin’

Tony winner Priscilla Lopez will take on the role of Berthe in the hit revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre from July 22-Aug. 27.  Annie Potts (Designing Women) will play her final performance as Berthe on July 20. Andrea Martin won a Tony Award for her performance in the role, a feisty grandmother who stops the show with an acrobatic rendition of “Time to Start Living.”

Priscilla Lopez (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Priscilla Lopez (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Lopez appeared in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line and won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine.

John Rubinstein, who starred in the title role in the original 1972 production, will continue playing Charles, Pippin’s imperial father, until Aug. 17. Lopez also appeared in the original production of Pippin as a replacement for Fastrada, Charles’ much-younger wife.

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 (now played by Kyle Dean Massey), a medieval prince seeking his identity. The story is told by a band of roving actors, led by the charismatic Leading Player (Ciara Renee). The original production opened in 1972, won five Tony Awards including Best Director and Choreography for Bob Fosse, and ran for 1,944 performances. 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.

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