Musical Ben Franklin in Paris, a Special Staged Reading by Musical Theatre West
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After dazzling audiences in New York and Boston -- and winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical revival -- this exciting new staging of Pippin comes to the Pantages. This updated version of the Broadway classic infuses the production with amazing acrobatics and wondrous magical feats, along with the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, award-winning composer of Wicked and Godspell. With classic songs "Corner of the Sky," "No Time at All," "Magic to Do" and "Extraordinary," and recreated versions of Bob Fosse's original choreography, this sexy and sophisticated version of Pippin tells the story of the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, who goes on a death-defying journey to find meaning in life. He encounters love, sex, war and politics, and must ultimately choose between a life that's ordinary or a flash of singular glory. Learn More
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An unusually packed house for this inaugural in a series of staged readings from Musical Theater West. I enjoyed this a LOT more than their bloated 1776 a few months ago, especially with the strong performance of Michael G. Hawkins as Ben...continued
This rarely-seen gem of a musical follows one of America’s Founding Fathers as he travels to France to secure the King’s support in the Colonies’ war against Britain.
This show (with two songs ghost-written by Jerry Herman) was Robert Preston’s first star vehicle following his triumph in The Music Man and is a charming period piece.
Staged readings are performed with script in hand using minimal staging and choreography. Limited props and costume pieces are used, allowing the imaginations of the audience to take over. Staged readings are the perfect way for audiences to enjoy a show from yesterday or be introduced to a new piece of musical theatre.