"Pippin" has been updated since the show ruled on Broadway for five years in the 1970s, and made Ben Vereen a star. Now Miller plays the role Vereen had, as Leading Player, justifiably earning her second Tony nomination. She's the circus ringleader, narrator and star. Pippin, son of Charlemagne, who is called Charles in this, is on a quest to find meaning in life. He's educated, sweet and earnest. Here, Matthew James Thomas (Broadway's "Spiderman") plays the title role.
Stephen Schwartz' music and lyrics, Roger O. Hirson's book, Diane Paulus' direction and Chet Walker's choreography are flawless. Set under a big top,