'Pippin' At Skylight Music Theater Tells Timeless Story Of The Search For Meaning

Sep 18, 2018

Lucas Pastrana (Pippin), Todd Denning (Charlemagne) and Krystal Drake (Leading Player) in rehearsal for Skylight Music Theatre’s production of "Pippin". It runs Sept. 21-Oct. 7 on the Cabot Theatre stage.
Credit Ross Zentner

The musical "Pippinpremiered on Broadway in 1972. The music was written by Stephen Schwartz (the composer behind "Wicked" and "Godspell"), the production was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and it starred Ben Vereen.

"Pippin" tells the story of a young prince's search for meaning and breaks the fourth wall as it describes his drive for existential significance. Although the characters are based on royals from the Middle Ages, the fictionalized story is perennial, and the show continues to find success decades after its premiere. 

Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre is premiering its own production of "Pippin" on Friday, Sept. 21. Ray Jivoff, the director, explains why he believes the musical is timeless. 

He says, "It’s still dealing with ethical issues of politics and government, the validity of war, sexual issues, and the real meaning of relationships versus attempting to make a mark on the world."