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.
Did You Know?
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
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
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?
Version of Pippin
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sung by Ben Vereen
, William Katt
and The Players See more