‘Pippin’ slated at Schuster

By Gary Gregory - For the Courier

DAYTON — “Pippin” is coming to Dayton for a one-week engagement at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. As part of the 2014-1015 Premier Health Broadway Series, the two-act touring production opens the new season that includes six shows.

The title character in the 2013 winner of four Tony Awards, including best musical revival, focuses on a young prince on a long journey to find the meaning of his existence.

“It’s an incredible show,” said Laura Hall, a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and member of the “Pippin” ensemble. “Lot of color, wonderful choreography and exciting story.”

Ironically, the original “Pippin” opened on Broadway in 1972. A local staging in 1975 at Memorial Hall featured Tommy Tune in the title role.

“Our production is more contemporary,” said Hall, who joined the touring show cast three months ago. “It’s been a joy to be in the cast. with so many great performers,”

Popular songs include “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “Morning Glow,” and Love Song.”

Hall, the understudy for the leading role of Catherine, has performed in “Wonderland” on Broadway as well as featured regional roles in “Mary Poppins” and “Next to Normal.”

Longtime film and television star, John Rubenstein, portrays Charles in “Pippin.” In a TV career that started in the 1970s, he has played guest roles in shows like “Hawaii Five-O,”NYPD Blue” and “West Wing.”

“Pippin” opens at the Schuster on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 11.

For ticket information, call 228-3630.

By Gary Gregory

For the Courier

Reach Gary Gregory by contacting Courier editor Greg Smart at 684-8088.

Reach Gary Gregory by contacting Courier editor Greg Smart at 684-8088.