“Think about your life, Pippin… think about the dreams you planned.”
The curtain rises on PIPPIN, as the title character, this fictional son of Charlemagne the Great, seeks perfection in his oh-so-ordinary life. Wildly witty and terrifically tuneful, this BHS Winter Musical production is produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling, with musical direction by Michelle Digaetano, choreography by Tracey Turner Turano, and orchestral direction by Claire Schlegel.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Roger O. Hirson, PIPPIN opened on Broadway on October 23, 1972 and ran for 1,944 performances. The original Broadway production won Tony Awards for Best Direction and Best Choreography for the legendary Bob Fosse, as well as a Tony nomination for Best Musical. Stephen Schwartz (of WICKED fame) wrote PIPPIN, his first Broadway show, while in college. Appropriately, this is a story of a young man’s excursion through frivolity, romance, deception, celebrity, and love, toward the ultimate revelation of his true self.
Most of the musicians providing live musical accompaniment will be Bloomfield High School student musicians, with thirty-two actors and a dozen crew members rounding out the company. The set designer is Ralph Turano; the costume designer is Kathy Martinez, and lighting design is by Mike Omelio. Associate Producer is Abby Maichuk Miles, and Assistant Choreographer is Julia Aiello.
PIPPIN will be performed at the Bloomfield High School Auditorium, which is located at 160 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (February 22, 23, and 24) at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday (February 25) at 2:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $12.00 in advance, or $15.00 if purchased at the door. There is a special preview performance for senior citizens on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets (https://bloomfieldpippin.bpt.me/) or at the BHS Main Office, 160 Broad Street, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call Producer Brandon E. Doemling (973-699-3502).