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This album is the 2000 CD reissue of the original Broadway cast recording of Pippin, a stage musical which opened at the Imperial Theater on October 23, 1972 and ran for 1,944 performances before closing on June 12, 1977.
Along with the original cast recordings, the reissue includes a few songs from the musical covered by other artists: "Corner of the Sky" and "Morning Glow" (The Jackson 5); and "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" (The Supremes). "Corner of the Sky" was also covered as a duet by Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark, whose vocals were recorded more than thirty years apart, and is included on Clark's 2007 CD Duets.
About the Musical
Pippin is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Noted choreographer Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The show was very loosely based on the life of Pippin the Hunchback, the son of Charlemagne. The show was partially financed by Motown Records. As of July 2008, Pippin is the 28th longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history. Pippin was originally conceived by Stephen Schwartz as Pippin, Pippin, a student musical performed by Carnegie Mellon's Scotch'n'Soda theatre troupe.
According to musical theatre scholar Scott Miller in his 1996 book, From Assassins to West Side Story, "Pippin is a largely under-appreciated musical with a great deal more substance to it than many people realize." The story is set in Charlemagne's France. Because of its 1970s pop style score and a somewhat emasculated licensed version for amateur productions which is very different from the original Broadway production, the show now has a reputation for being merely cute and harmlessly naughty; but if done the way director Bob Fosse envisioned it, the show is surreal and disturbingly truthful."
A background and analysis essay about the show is on the New Line Theatre website.
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