“Pippin” Comes to Lansing’s Wharton Center January 27-February 1

More than 40 years after it first became a smash hit on Broadway, “Pippin” finally returned to Broadway in 2013 to rave reviews. The show was nominated for ten Tony awards and won four, including Best Revival of a Musical. Now the show is hitting the road and making stops across the country, including Lansing’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

The show tells the story of Pippin, a young man looking for the meaning of life and trying to find his place in the world. Pippin is the son of King Charlemagne and has always wanted to do something truly extraordinary with his life. His efforts to do something incredible lead him to try becoming a war hero, leading a revolution against his father, exploring art, and living an ordinary life helping a widow and her young son. Although leading a mundane life has been the most personally fulfilling for Pippin, he still feels trapped and is left to decide whether he can accept being ordinary or if he’d rather risk everything for one big moment of glory.

People who come to see this show will have the chance to see a cast full of very noteworthy actors. Pippin’s grandmother will be played by film, television, and Broadway actress Lucie Arnaz, who is the daughter of entertainment legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. King Charlemagne will be played by John Rubinstein, who originated the role of Pippin on Broadway in 1972.  The role of Pippin will be played by Matthew James Thomas, who played the part in the 2013 Broadway revival. The show is directed by Tony-award winner Diane Paulus.

The performances of “Pippin” at the Wharton Center will be at 7:30 PM on January 27-29, 8:00 PM on January 30, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM on January 31, and 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM on February 1.  “Pippin” runs for about 2 hours and 40 minutes, which includes an intermission. The show does contain some mature themes and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Tickets start at $34 and are available online, by calling 1-800-WHARTON, or by visiting the theater box office from Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM or Saturdays between 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM. MSU students are eligible for $25 tickets.

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