Andrea Martin returns to Pippin tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Tony Award winner Andrea Martin returns to the role of Berthe in the Broadway production of Pippin, replacing fellow Tony Award Winner Priscilla Lopez, for a limited engagement through to 21 September 2014.

Martin originated the role of Berthe in the current revival of Pippin and won the 2013 Tony Award for her performance. She received her first Tony Award 20 years earlier for 'My Favorite Year' in 1993 and also received nominationations for 'Candide' in 1997, 'Oklahoma!' in 2002 and 'Young Frankenstein' in 2008. Other Broadway credits include 'Act One' in 2014, 'Exit the King' in 2009 and 'Fiddler on the Roof' in 2005.

The cast of Pippin currently features Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renée as Leading Player, John Dossett as Charles, Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Andrea Martin as Berthe. Other members of the company include Erik Altemus, Eli Tokash, Ashton Woerz, Colin Cunliffe, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Fitch, Orion Griffiths, Sabrina Harper, Lauren Joy Herley, Naël Jammal, Nicolas Jelmoni, Sam Lips, Richard Maguire, Brad Musgrove, Charlotte O'Sullivan, Adam Roberts, Masha Terentieva, Molly Tynes, and Kristen Beth Williams.

Pippin features a book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and is directed by Diane Paulus with circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers) and choreography by Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse.

The Broadway revival opened at the Music Box Theatre on 25 Apr 2013, following previews from 23 Mar 2013. The show opened to excellent reviews: Sensational revival (NY Post); Beautifully buoyant, intoxicatingly sensual revival (Back Stage); Eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza (Time Out NY); A wonder to behold (Hollywood Reporter).

The production won four Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Patina Miller), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Andrea Martin) and Best Direction of a musical (Diane Paulus).

Pippin is currently booking to 4 January 2015 at the Music Box Theatre.

- by Tom Millward

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