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Opening Tonight: Pippin! 

Submitted by Bobbin Ramsey on March 10, 2017 - 2:21pm
Kirby McDermott as Leading Player. Photo by Mike Hipple.
Kirby McDermott as Leading Player. Photo by Mike Hipple.

Opening Tonight: Pippin! 

For their third annual production, the UW Musical Theater Program is putting on the Broadway smash-hit, Pippin! Directed by head of the Musical Theater Program, Wilson Mendieta, this production features the talent of undergraduate actors, singers, and dancers, and vibrant design by our own MFA design students.

“This production engages heavily with the issues of today,” says Mendieta. “We are not changing any of the material, all the original text is there, but we are placing it in a modern context. It’s amazing how relevant the play continues to be 45 years after its creation.” The production examines the power of choice, Mendieta says. “This play looks at the power of individuals to forge their own paths. And it asks, after encountering the darkness of the world, is there hope at the end of the tunnel? And does the human spirit prevail?” 

Tickets are selling fast and some performances are already sold out, so be sure to grab yours soon! 


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
Directed by Wilson Mendieta
Music Directed by Jordyn Meeker
Choreographed by Steven Sofia
March 10th-19th 
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse [map + directions]
Tickets + Info 

After failing as a warrior, a young prince named Pippin goes on an epic journey of self discovery replete with sex, drugs, murder, and, of course, singing and dancing. Pippin's quest to be extraordinary is set to an unforgettable score by four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner, and musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), and features blistering, new, Fosse-style choreography. Though it had its Tony winning Broadway debut in 1972, Pippin feels utterly current, asking us where we can look to find light through darkness and hope through uncertainty.