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Pippin: His Life and Times (1981)

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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 Leading Player
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Leslie Denniston ...
Catherine
Benjamin Rayson ...
Martha Raye ...
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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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Several smaller numbers which appear in the original and current versions of the show do not appear in this version. One is entitled "There He Was" and is performed by Catherine when she first finds Pippin. Another is "Prayer for Duck" which Pippin sings over the body of Theo's dying duck, a sequence which is absent from this version. See more »

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The leading player: Look at her, Pippin! She has a mole! You're willing to spend the rest of your life with a woman who has a MOLE!
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Magic to Do
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sung by Ben Vereen and The Players
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Very disappointing to anyone familiar with the musical.
15 November 1998 | by (Covington, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

This should have been great, but anyone familiar with the stage production will be disappointed. Great numbers are cut, (esp. most of Fastrada's "Spread a Little Sunshine" and all of Catherine's "I Guess I'll Miss the Man"). So are important lines, such as Pippin's discussion with the severed head after the poorly staged "Glory." When Pippin is king, he and others refer to critical lines that were cut, making the scene incomprehensible. They cut the death of Theo's duck, which is so important to that part of the show, and without which the rest of that that section makes no sense. They would have done better to cut all the ad libs and most of Martha Raye's pathetic (what's with the microphone?) appearance as Berthe. And to cap it all off, William Katt blows the final--and most important--line in the show, destroying the entire point of the production.


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