Pippin. Want to do karaoke with Broadway?

Pippin. Want to do karaoke with Broadway?

On a recent Sunday, I caught a matinée of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre. I hadn’t seen the stage version, but I was pretty acquainted with the soundtracks of most musicals; Just check my Pandora. But for some inexplicable reason, Pippin completely escaped my mental-database for Broadway musicals, and I had gone my whole life without even hearing one song from the show. My understanding prior to seeing Pippin, was that the show was as follows: A kid named Pippin joins the circus. The end. Yeah, as I quickly found out, (Shocker, huh?) I couldn’t have been further from the heart of the musical.

The interior of the Music Box Theatre was decorated to look just like the circus with multi-colored flags and striped streamers,and the stage was transformed into a tent.

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The show opened with nothing but a huge shadow on the curtain which resembled a giant woman. The woman got smaller and smaller until BOOM, out came the actress who played the ring leader, Patina Miller. I instantly recognized her from her emotional Tony Speech, and as she stalked around the stage singing “Magic to Do,” it became clear to me why she won.

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Pippin, unsure about the direction his life was headed, sought out advice from his Grandmother. She was wearing a typical old-lady ensemble and looked pretty unassuming. Then she broke out into “No Time AT All” and I was on the edge of my seat! And the whole number was all the more special because we were invited to sing the chorus with her! Initially, I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t know the melody so I was shy, but by the second time around, I was belting it out, grinning from ear-to-ear as I read the lyrics that were projected onto the stage. It was like large-scale karaoke but with a Broadway cast!

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Some point during the second act, I caught a glimpse of something brightly colored in my peripheral vision, and turned to see a little boy in a clown suit, pulling a long red, purple, and blue paper chain out of his mouth and passing it along my row. We each ripped off our own piece and I immediately tied mine around my neck like a scarf, thrilled to have a souvenir from the show.

On my way out of the theatre, still sporting my oh so fashionable paper chain scarf, I spotted a red rose on the floor and picked it up, extremely happy to have 2 souvenirs!

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