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PIPPIN comes to Theatre Royal Drury Lane with Leading Player ALEX NEWELL this April

Producers Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment & Carter Dixon McGill Productions have recently announced the latest stars to join PIPPIN this April at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Tony Award-winning Broadway star of Shucked, Grammy nominated Alex Newell, will now star in the upcoming 50th anniversary concert production of PIPPIN, with the score performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and the 50 singers form Arts Ed Choir.

Jac Yarrow (Pippin) was Olivier nominated Best Actor in a Musical for his West End debut in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He recently appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre and had a starring role in Pantoland at the Palladium at the London Palladium.

Patricia Hodge, Lucie Jones, Cedric Neal and Zizi Strallen will co-star.

Alex Newell (Leading Player) became the first openly nonbinary performer to win a Tony Award in an acting category for their role as Lulu in Shucked, that has just closed on Broadsway. Alex stopped the show at every performance with a standing ovation for their act one song, Indeopendently Owned.

Indeopendently Owned sung by Alex

They are also known for their role as Unique Adams on the TV series Glee and Mo on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Newell also starred as Asaka in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 2018.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, including the classic songs Corner of the Sky and Magic to Do, Pippin is a soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfilment. He seeks 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). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavours, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

Stephen Schwartz said: “Although there have been some excellent recent productions of Pippin in the UK, the show never gets to be heard with a full live orchestra and choir. This concert, with a cast led by the astonishing Alex Newell and produced under the always first-rate auspices of Katy Lipson’s Aria Entertainment and Carter Dixon McGill, promises to be a once-in-a-blue-moon event. I for one cannot wait to experience it!”

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment & Carter Dixon McGill Productions present

Pippin in Concert

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Roger O. Hirson. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle

Musical Director, Chris Ma

Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Catherine St,
London
WC2B 5JF
Monday 29 April & Tuesday 30 April at 7.30pm

Tickets from £25

Booking link:
https://lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/pippin-50th-anniversary-concert/

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