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Fun Facts about PIPPIN, Coming to Belk Theater Next Month!

April 9, 2015
Sasha Allen and the cast of the National Touring Production of PIPPIN. Photo by Terry Shapiro.

Sasha Allen and the cast of the National Touring Production of PIPPIN. Photo by Terry Shapiro.

It’s finally here! Well, almost. Pippin, which is part of the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Lights seasoncomes to Belk Theater May 19-24 and we couldn’t be more excited to bring you this fantastic show. The New York Times declares it “Astonishing. A Pippin for the 21st Century.” It won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival! We’re confident the amazing choreography and breathtaking acrobatics will wow you!

With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory. This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts De le Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces!


  • There are six yoga balls and 15 hula-hoops used in the show.
  • The acrobats usually spend an entire hour warming up before a performance.
  •  Diane Paulus sang “With You” at her brother’s wedding.
  •  Pippin was originally called Pippin, Pippin.
  • There are 17 acrobatic tricks in “Magic to Do.”
  • The Manson Trio is named after Charles Manson. Bob Fosse was very interested in Manson.
  • Take a look at King Charlemagne, John Rubinstein. He starred in the title role of PIPPIN in 1972.
  • Pippin’s name, historically speaking, is actually spelled Pipen. Stephen Schwartz changed it so it wouldn’t be misperceived as an adaptation of the Steinbeck novel, “The Short Reign of Pepin IV.” They liked the word “Pippin” because it suggested the slang meaning of “pip” – something nifty.
  • Pippin had try-outs in early fall 1972 in Washington D.C. It opened at the Imperial Theatre in NYC on October 23, 1972, and ran until 1977.

Don’t have your tickets yet? Better hurry because they are going fast! CLICK HERE to get them today!

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