THIS IS AN AUTHENTICALLY AUTOGRAPHED PLAYBILL BY BEN VEREEN..
THIS IS A 5 1/2 INCH BY 9 INCH PLAYBILL FROM THE IMPERIAL THEATRE-1973-PIPPIN-COVER IS SIGNED BY BEN VEREEN-CONDITION OF THE PLAYBILL AND AUTOGRAPH IS VERY GOOD.
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. As of April 2009, Pippin is the 29th 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.