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Pippin: His Life and Times (1981)

At the goading of the ominous and omnipresent Leading Player, Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, samples life's pleasures to discover his place in the world and the meaning of his life.

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The Leading Player
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Leslie Denniston ...
Catherine
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Fastrada
Joanie P. Oneill ...
Player
Debra Phelan ...
Player
Linda Haberman ...
Player
Kate Wright ...
Player
Allison Williams ...
Player
John Mineo ...
Sword Bearer
Charles Lee Ward ...
Peasant
Lee Mathis ...
Beggar
Frank Mastrocola ...
Noble
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At the goading of the ominous and omnipresent Leading Player, Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, samples life's pleasures to discover his place in the world and the meaning of his life.

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The original Broadway production of "Pippin" opened at the Imperial Theater in New York on October 23, 1972, ran for 1944 performances and was nominated for the 1973 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score. The 1973 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical was won by Ben Vereen who recreated his stage role in this filmed production. See more »

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The Lead Player sings during the song "Simple Joys" that wouldn't you rather be... "a twig on a fig in Galilee." The line from the song that is supposed to be sung is "a fig on a twig in Galilee". See more »

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The leading player: Sweet summer evenings, sapphire skies, feasting your belly, feasting your eyes. Simple joys have a simple voice that says time is living's prize. And wouldn't you rather be a left-handed flea, a crab on a slab at the bottom of the sea, a newt on the root of a banyan tree, a fig on twig in Galilee, than a man who never learns how to be free?
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Referenced in Modern Family: Slow Down Your Neighbors (2011) See more »

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Simple Joys
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sung by Ben Vereen
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We've Got Magic To Do
23 June 2003 | by (Setauket, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

What a wonderfully filmed Broadway show! The show is wonderfully done and the direction by Bob Fosse is like always wonderful. Ben Vereen was great as the Leading Player; full of life and song. William Katt sings beautifully, my only regret is that he is a stick when he does.

The plot is simple. Pippin is a prince who wants to do something important with his life. First he becomes a warrior, and then he becomes obsessed with women. And so on. Yet he never finds what he wants to do until the end, in the delightful scene, entitled `Pippins Grand Finale'. What a show. What a circus.

A musical not to be missed. Its only flaw is that like all taped live on stage videos is that something is lost. But thankfully, not as much is missing here. We have great entertainment, and the show was incredibly funny. So now it is time for me to stop rambling on and for you to click that little `buy the DVD from Amazon.com' button and purchase this movie from Amazon. You won't regret it!

It got magic to do… Just for you!

MPAA: NR

My Rating: 13 and up for mature themes, language and a brief scene of violence.

My * Rating 8.6


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