Broadway hit Pippin is back on the stage in middle age, and Baltimore is the touring musical’s latest stop. The musical runs at the Hippodrome Theatre through Sunday, giving locals a chance to see the Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival.
The show has historical touches — King Charlamagne is a character — but is instead best envisioned in the context of its initial run in the early 1970s, when the past was often used by artists as a lens to look at modern times, as Pippin seeks to find his “Corner of the Sky.”
Famed Broadway director Bob Fosse was responsible for the original choreography, and the revival team worked hard to give his intentions new life. But current director Diane Paulus made one crucial change in turning the chorus into a circus troupe. That means trapeze comes along with the soul searching.
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