Theatre Review: Pippin Live at the Hollywood Pantages

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The Tony Award winning musical Pippin has taken over the majestic Hollywood Pantages Theatre through November 9 and it is a must see show.

Pippin tells the story of a young prince struggling to find himself a fulfilling life. With advice and prodding from a mysterious woman and her troupe of actors, he embarks on a journey to find his perfect life.

Featuring incredible acrobatics and wonderful songs Pippin is a show any fan of musicals and great theater should check out.

 

I’ve recently discovered my deep love of musical theater and I have seen some great shows. Pippin is something special though. The music is fantastic and the cast is wonderful.

Sasha Allen takes on the role of Leading Player which was originally performed by Ben Vereen. She is incredible. Absolutely fantastic and mesmerizing. Every time she took the stage she stole the show. One of the best performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing yet. Of course, that is not to overshadow the rest of the cast who all turn in amazing performances. Their vocals and performances were perfection and helped me to fall in love with a show I knew absolutely nothing about.image

One big highlight of this show was the mid show ovation given to Andrea Martin. I know I haven’t been to a lot of live musicals but in the ones that I have seen, I’ve never seen this happen before. After her acrobatic high flying performance the crowd erupted into a standing ovation. It was magical. I don’t know the protocol for that sort of thing but it felt like an amazing moment to be a part of. In fact, sitting in the audience and watching this show was magical.

Pippin is a funny, heartfelt, sassy, fourth-wall breaking blast. The cast interacts with the audience like they’re old friends and it was clear that the crowd was loving every minute of it. Every flip and turn, every trick and song, the crowd ate it up. To be honest, when the show began I though that the acrobatics and circus elements would become a hinderance or a distraction. Not so, after just a few moments I was completely absorbed and along for the ride.

I can’ talk about the ending without spoiling anything but I can say that I loved it. It was such a great ending. The final moment, you’ll know it when you see it, was so on point and perfect that it had me out of my chair with applause.

If you get the chance to see this show, or if you are on the fence at all, get up and go. It is an excellent show and I am so grateful I was able to see it.

Pippin runs at the Hollywood Pantages through November 9.

For tickets visit HollywoodPantages.com

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