Music Theater Works producing artistic director Kyle A. Dougan will be the guest on the Friday, June 2 episode for entertainment industry radio show and podcast It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee to discuss the company’s new, innovative mounting of the Broadway gem Pippin.
The musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse – who directed and choreographed the Tony-winning original Broadway production in 1972. Schwartz is also known for the stage musicals Godspell, Children of Eden, and Wicked and the films The Prince of Egypt (composer and lyricist), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (lyricist), Pocahontas (lyricist), and Enchanted (lyricist).
Music Theater Works is a resident professional, not-for-profit music theatre company operating out of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL just outside of Chicago. Dougan began his career as an intern with the company fresh out of college and returned to head the company as producing artistic director in 2018.
The Pippin revival has been creatively reimagined into a 1990s setting and features music direction by Justin Akira Kono. While choreography by Mollyanne Nunn and Kaitlyn Pasquinelli includes some nods to Fosse, much of the choreography is new and unique to this production – including variations on popular 90s dances to coincide with the unique universe Dougan has created for his players.
Pippin opens Thursday, June 1st with a press opening on Friday, June 2nd. The production runs Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through June 25. Ticket information is available at www.MusicTheaterWorks.com.
The cast includes Sonia Goldberg as Leading Player, Connor Ripperger as Pippin, Thomas M. Shea as Charlemagne, Savannah Sinclair as Fastrada, Desiree Gonzalez as Catherine, Andrew Freeland as Lewis, Kathleen Puls Andrade as Berthe, and Di’ Aire Wilson as Theo.
It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee is a half hour, weekly interview program about the world of entertainment including theatre, film, television, music, and literature.
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