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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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Charlemagne: Your brother Lewis is an ideal soldier: he is strong and stupid.
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War Is a Science
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sung by Benjamin Rayson, William Katt and The Players
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Surprising & satisfying if you aren't familiar with the show
1 November 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't at all familiar with this musical. I had no idea what it was about. I knew Ben Vereen won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1970s production, and that there have been endless numbers of high schools and colleges of it. That's it. I stumbled upon this production on TV with no intention of watching it - and watched the whole thing, mesmerized and delighted. It's not so much the music, which is dated, and certainly not the Bob Fosse choreography, which is always *really* dated (jazz hands!!!). Rather, it is the amazingly layered story and themes, which are much more complex and timely than I ever expected, that drew me in. I suspect these very risqué, biting themes are completely glossed over/ignored in high school or college productions. And the performances by Ben Vereen, William Katt (he can sing?!? who knew!), Benjamin Rayson, and the amazing Chita Rivera are wonderful - I realize other reviewers did not like them, because they had seen other people in the role, but looking at them from a clean slate, I thought they were all perfectly cast and quite compelling. I really loved the simplicity of the production. Sure, I wish the camera work had been better, but given how rare it was (and still it) to film live theatrical productions, I thought the videographers did quite well.


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