Friday, September 27, 2013

FGCU Center for the Arts opens school's first musical "Pippin" on Oct. 3

Updated: Read the review of the FGCU production of "Pippin" here.

Updated: Catch up on all the "Pippin" coverage here, reviews & previews, more links...

Can't afford a ticket to New York to see the high-flying revival of "Pippin" that scooped the Tony for Best Revival this year? Stop in to FGCU and catch their first-ever musical!

"Pippin," directed by Dominic Missimi, the founder of Northwestern University’s musical theatre program, will run October 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. with matinĂ©e performances on October 12 & 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 and available at http://theatrelab.fgcu.edu.


Cast members from "Pippin."
FGCU theatre professor Gerritt VanderMeer, a professional actor who starred in TheatreZone's "Grand Hotel" and "Next to Normal," will feature as the "Leading Player." Troy Jones from FGCU's Bower School of Music will provide music direction.

"Pippin" features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and a book by Roger O. Hirson. The musical is the classic story, loosely based on historical figures, about a prince (Pippin) and his journey to find meaning and his self-identity. 

Complete press release below.

FGCU’s Center for the Arts presents the musical “Pippin”

Cast members from "Pippin."
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for the Arts invites the public to the opening of “Pippin,” Thursday, October 3-6, and Friday, October 11-13, 2013, at the FGCU Black Box theatre located in the Arts Complex.  

     Evening performances are October 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances are October 12, 13 at 2 p.m.

     Purchase tickets at http://theatrelab.fgcu.edu, Tickets are $7 and are on sale now.

 Pippin is a beloved musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson, that is currently enjoying a run on Broadway and won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival! 

With special Guest Director, Dominic Missimi (Professor Emeritus and founder of Northwestern University’s musical theatre program and Jeff Award recipient) and featuring Gerritt VanderMeer (FGCU theatre professor and musical theatre professional) as the Leading Player, and Music Direction by Troy Jones (FGCU Bower School of Music), FGCU’s Center for the Arts proudly announces its first musical featuring local and internationally-renowned talent!

“With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and a book by Roger O. Hirson, Pippin is the classic story, loosely based on historical figures, about a prince (Pippin) and his journey to find meaning and his self-identity.  After 40 years of not being on the stage it has been revived to critical acclaim and has nabbed 10 Tony nominations.  Pippin is enthralling with its energetic numbers about adventure, love, faith, and self-discovery.” (--Brittany Rodrigues for Broadway World)



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