“Pippin” is back! Even after its initial Broadway debut in 1972, a 2013 revival took home four Tony Awards and is now in the midst of a world tour. The show plays the Boston Opera House from Feb. 2 to Feb. 14, and we chatted with John Rubinstein who played Pippin in the original production and returns as King Charlemagne for this tour.
The new show incorporates acrobatics and circus arts into its choreography, a departure from the 1972 dance-heavy production.
“There’s still a lot of dancing using [Bob] Fosse’s style… mostly incorporating original choreography,” says Rubenstein.
The seasoned actor, 69, is originally from Los Angeles and began his Broadway career in “Pippin" as Pipppin in the 1972 production. Since then, his stage and TV credits include “Fools,” “Ragtime,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Parenthood,” while also composing musical scores for film and theater.
Rubenstein chats with us about his return to the show, Fosse's legacy and touring the U.S..
Do you think this interpretation does justice to the story?
Absolutely. The story is very strong. It’s a show that can be done in all kinds of different formats. “Pippin”, even though it talks about Charlemagne, can take place anywhere, even on the moon. It can be re-imagined by any director.