THE VOICE finalist SASHA ALLEN to star in PIPPIN national tour, coming to Bass Hall in ’15!

Sasha Allen, a fourth season finalist on NBC’s “The Voice," will star in the national tour of PIPPIN. Photo: NBC.
Sasha Allen, a fourth season finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” will star in the national tour of PIPPIN. Photo: NBC.

The producers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical PIPPIN have announced casting for the U.S. national tour, which comes to Bass Performance Hall July 21-26, 2015 (the show will also play at Dallas Summer Musicals July 7-19, 2015).

The tour will feature Sasha Allen (a finalist on the fourth season on NBC’s The Voice) as Leading Player, Kyle Selig (THE BOOK OF MORMON tour) as Pippin, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (created the role of “Pippin” in the 1972 original Broadway production) as Charles, Sabrina Harper (Pippin, original Broadway Revival cast) as Fastrada and Kristine Reese (WICKED on tour) as Catherine. The company also includes Skyler Adams, Sascha Bachman, Bradley Benjamin, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Mark Burrell, Mathew deGuzman, Fernando Dudka, Mirela Golinska, Kelsey Jamieson, Preston Jamieson, Lisa Karlin, Alan Kelly, Melodie Lamoreux, Tory Trowbridge, Mackenzie Warren and Borris York.

Additional casting, including the role of Berthe, will be announced soon.

This all-new production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).

With a book by Hirson and music and lyrics by Schwartz, PIPPIN features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award nominee Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Award nominees Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.

PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN debuted at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA where it ran December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. It opened on Broadway on April 25, 2013 and went on to win four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical. This production also received Best Revival of a Musical honors from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League. The New Broadway Cast Recording for PIPPIN is available on Ghostlight Records.

PIPPIN is a part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2014-2015 Broadway at the Bass season. The series also includes KINKY BOOTS, ONCE, ELF, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA and DIRTY DANCING, along with add-on’s CHICAGO and Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Season tickets are now on sale! Call 817-212-4450 or visit http://www.basshall.com.

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