Pippin - Live On Broadway - Ben Vereen
Live On Broadway - Pippin - Ben Vereen Based on Bob Fosse's 1972 original hit Broadway production of "Pippin," this filmed version of the musical was created specifically for television. William Katt stars in the title role of this fictional story that relates the adventures of Charlemagne's son as he embarks on a quest to find the meaning of life and discover his true self. Ben Vereen appears in his Tony Award-winning role as the Leading Player.
Pippin is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The show was based on the life of Pippin the Hunchback, the son of Charlemagne. The show was partially financed by Motown Records.
In 1981, a stage production of Pippin was videotaped, which is what you see today. It was directed by Kathryn Doby, Bob Fosse's dance captain for the original Broadway production, and directed for video by David Sheehan, with Roger O. Hirson in charge of the music. Ben Vereen returned for the role of Leading Player, while William Katt played the role of Pippin. Because of the time restrictions in television, many parts of the play were cut from the broadcast.Cast:
Ben Vereen - The leading player
William Katt - Pippin
Leslie Denniston - Catherine
Benjamin Rayson - Charlemagne
Martha Raye - Berthe
Chita Rivera - Fastrada