by Robert Bell
7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $16-$20.
Along with precursors such as "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Godspell" and "Hair," "Pippin" was one of several pop/rock musicals of the late '60s and early '70s that paved the way for the rock musicals of today. The music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz (who also wrote for "Godspell" and "Wicked"), and the show was directed on Broadway by the legendary Bob Fosse.
The original production ran for nearly five years, and racked up several Tony nominations, including a win for actor Ben Vereen. The story, by Roger O. Hirson, concerns the eldest son of King Charles, Pippin. He has just returned home and is determined to find some meaning in his life. Like so many young folks, he tries out politics, war, religion and good ol' meaningless flings, but comes up empty-handed.
The Weekend Theater promises a colorful production that draws on Fosse's style while maintaining a distinct identity. The production runs through Oct. 23.