The Theater: Medieval Hippie

PIPPIN Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Book by ROGER O. HIRSON

A phalanx of Marine Corps MPs would not be able to keep audiences away from Pippin. Does this mean that it is one of the pinnacles of the art of musical comedy? Hardly. What Pippin possesses is splendiferous theatricality, the kick of a lightning bolt and a passionate professional knack for being entertaining. The show satisfies the popular non-platonic ideal of a US musical. It has the musk of sexuality, firecracker dance numbers, sunshiny songs and smashing girls that the gods...

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