BERLIN (October 16 – November 21, 2009) – The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is pleased to announce its production of the classic Stephen Schwartz musical, PIPPIN, directed and produced by Kris McMurray. Once upon a time, the young prince Pippin longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). But in the end, will he ever be satisfied? Will he continue to wander or will he find comfort finally with home and family?
This hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere. The energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar®-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”, “Godspell,” “Children of Eden” and the animated films “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” and “The Prince Of Egypt”) bursts with one show stopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers.
Artistic Director Kris McMurray has assembled a tremendous cast to play this eclectic and eccentric troupe of characters. Ian Galligan is making his CT Cabaret Theatre debut in the title role. No stranger to the stage, Ian takes control of his role with passion and pure talent. Through song and various situations, Ian’s role pulls you into all of his coming of age journeys. Matthew Collin Marrero, the lead choreographer for the production, dances his way into the role of “The Leading Player” made most famous by the incomparable Ben Vereen. With big shoes to fill, Matthew tackles this role with his whole body, heart and soul. Able to use his comic timing and dancing skills, Matthew’s role is to entertain and narrate the life and times of Pippin.
The performers consisting of the Royal Family are all making their CT Cabaret debut as well.
Cross Woodfield, Sarah Gilbert and James J. Moran play King Charlemagne, Fastrada and Lewis respectively. Cross plays the larger than life leader and father to Pippin with a booming voice and commanding stage presence. Sarah steps into the role of Fastrada, Pippin’s seductive, crafty and sneaky step-mother. With her beauty and gorgeous voice, it’s hard not to fall under her spell. James also has dual roles in the show. He steps into the role of Pippin’s spoiled and whiney step-brother Lewis, who with his mother, are conniving to be next in line for the throne. On the production end of things, James assists as the second choreographer for the show. Together with Matthew and Carolyn Kirsch, the legend that is Bob Fosse lives on in this musical production. Carolyn Kirsch, plays the role of Pippin’s wise and sassy grandmother Berthe. Being the Broadway veteran that she is and having worked with Bob Fosse directly for several years, Carolyn lends her expertise, knowledge and experience to enhance the recreation of Bob Fosse’s original choreography.
Julie Lemos plays Catherine, the woman that will ground and love Pippin. A Cabaret veteran, Julie sings and entrances both Pippin and the audience. With her son Theo, played by Gage Marshall, they transform Pippin’s way of thinking.
This is magical show is not to be missed. This is a beautiful, sexy and energetic ensemble show filled with huge song and dance number, magic and hidden meanings. It’s a show that will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more. We’ve got magic to do, just for you.
What exactly is the CT Cabaret Theatre? It is a non-equity professional cabaret theatre that produces Broadway-style musicals and comedies year-round. Being a cabaret theatre means you sit at cozy round tables where you are invited to bring in whatever you like to eat or drink. Hence our motto being “BRING YOUR OWN, WE’LL PROVIDE THE REST”. We do have a small dessert bar that provides a variety of treats and beverages to purchase as well.
PIPPIN runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm from OCTOBER 16th thru NOVEMBER 21st, 2009. Doors open at 7:15pm. ALL MAJOR Credit Cards are accepted. CALL TODAY! 860-829-1248, or for more information, visit www.ctcabaret.com. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located just off Route 9 (exit 22: Mill Street) and the Berlin Turnpike. Visit the website for detailed directions.