Directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse, Pippin premiered at the Imperial Theater on October 23, 1972 and ran for 1,944 performances before it closed on June 12, 1977. The original cast included John Rubenstein (Pippin), Ben Vereen (Leading Player), Jill Clayburgh (Catherine), and the inimitable Irene Ryan (yes, Granny Clampett) as Berthe (Ryan suffered a stroke in March 1973 and died six weeks later).
Pippin tells the story of a young prince on his search for meaning in and significance of life.
As much as I’d like to upload the entire show here, I was able to find a decent-quality clip of the opening number, “Magic to Do,” from the original production. Enjoy!