'Pippin' cast for Broadway has familiar faces

By By MARK KENNEDY

NEW YORK (AP) — The folks who brought magic to the new "Pippin" in Massachusetts are coming south to Broadway.

Producers on Monday said Matthew James Thomas will star as Pippin, Patina Miller will be the Leading Player, Terrence Mann will be Charles, Charlotte d'Amboise plays Fastrada, Rachel Bay Jones will be Catherine and Andrea Martin plays Berthe.

All starred in the show last year at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston. Diane Paulus, who runs the theater, also directs the revival. Performances on Broadway begin March 23 at the Music Box Theatre.

A whimsical coming-of-age story about the son of the first Holy Roman Emperor, "Pippin" boasts pop-rock music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson.

Schwartz's other hits include "Wicked" and "Godspell."

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