Irving Berlin's As Thousands Cheer: A Ripped-from-the-Headlines 1933 Musical Revue
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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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Featured review from Scott Pitzer
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Really great... it would be hard to find anything written about 2010 that would approach this look at 1933 (which was written in 1933.)
Too bad one song was spoiled, apparently by a mic that wouldn't pick up anything the slightest bit off center.
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Before Saturday Night Live… before Politically Incorrect… before The Daily Show_, there was Irving Berlin and Moss Hart’s As Thousands Cheer_. With sketches and songs based on the newspaper headlines of 1933, this Depression-era comic revue includes some of Irving Berlin’s most recognizable songs (and some forgotten gems you’ll love).
Audiences of the day first heard Heat Wave, Supper Time and Easter Parade from the comfort of their seats at Berlin’s Music Box Theatre on Broadway. Moss Hart’s sketches and Berlin’s songs spoofed celebrities and situations of the day from Aimee Semple McPherson and Herbert Hoover to Josephine Baker and Joan Crawford.
The second show of Musical Theatre West’s Reiner Reading Series, this show is the perfect companion piece to Annie, which is set in 1933 New York.