Co-Director / Producer and Music Director
Co-Director / Producer and Choreographer
Technical, Lighting & Scenic Director
Director of Brighton Center for Performing Arts/Stage Manager
At the rise of the curtain, from the center of glowing rotating hands, appears the face of the Leading Player. She introduces the audience to the world that she inhabits as the bare stage populated by a group of actors becomes visible; they are Players in a theatrical caravan. One by one, they all come forward and join the Leading Player in welcoming the audience with magic tricks, dance and other elements of spectacle, preparing the audience for the story that they are about to tell ("Magic to Do").
The story begins, and the audience learns that the tale concerns a boy named Pippin, who is the firstborn son of Charlemagne. The story starts when Pippin has returned home from the University of Padua, where he was scholar of the house. He is a young man who refuses to waste his life in pursuit of only "common things." He believes there is something much more fulfilling in life ("Corner of the Sky").
After four days of being back home, Charlemagne finally visits with Pippin. Father and son attempt to carry on a meaningful conversation, but it is obvious that Charlemagne has other matters on his mind ("Welcome Home"). The Leading Player introduces Lewis, Pippin's half brother, who is directly behind Pippin in line for the throne, and Lewis' mother, Fastrada. Lewis is vapid and vain, but Fastrada is intent on winning him the throne. Charlemagne is not pleased that she has overdrawn her allowance again. He leaves.
Pippin notices that everyone around him is preparing for the campaign against the Visigoths. He decides that he wants to be a soldier and join the campaign, but his father will not let him join the fight. Pippin argues that he is next in line for the throne, however, and might be fighting his own war someday. Charlemagne reluctantly agrees, and Pippin gets a helmet to join his father in battle. The soldiers begin preparing to fight the Visigoths, but the eager Pippin keeps getting in the way of his father's meticulous war campaign strategies ("War Is a Science"). As plans unravel, Pippin becomes disturbed by the language that Charlemagne uses to talk about the enemy. Charlemagne insists that the Visigoth king is talking the same way with his men.
Then, a drum roll is heard; it is a signal that the time for battle has come. Pippin and Lewis follow their father onto the battlefield. A bloody battle is waged, much to Pippin's horror ("Glory"). In the end, Charlemagne and his men win the war. Declaring victory, the king tells the men to sack and pillage. Left alone, Pippin walks among the dismembered body pieces. He eventually realizes that war is a terrible thing and cannot agree to partake in the victory celebrations. Charlemagne chastises his son for this, but Pippin tells him that he'll have to get used to celebrating without him ("Corner of the Sky – Reprise").
The Leading Player enters to reflect on a man who had all of the earthly possessions that he desired, but still felt that there was something missing from his life ("Simple Joys"). Pippin has unexpectedly become this man.
We shift to the countryside to find Berthe, Pippin's grandmother, enjoying all of the simple joys in life. Pippin appears and confesses his confusion and frustration with life. She advises him to stop thinking and just enjoy life ("No Time at All").
Alone again, Pippin realizes that his grandmother is right. He takes off his shirt and begins to bask in the sun. Soon after, attractive and seductive women appear and slowly surround him ("With You"). At first, Pippin is enjoying the romanticism, but the mood quickly changes, and the women bombard him. Pippin is pulled in several directions by these exotic women. Repelled by this, he screams out and demands to be left alone. The Leading Player comes forward to inform Pippin that his father is now slaughtering those of his own people who choose to speak out against him. Pippin is disgusted with his father's actions and decides that it is time for the tyrant to be overthrown.
As Pippin leaves a secret meeting where plans are made to eliminate the King, Fastrada and Lewis are eavesdropping. Lewis is shocked, but his mother reminds him that, if Pippin kills Charlemagne or if his father discovers Pippin's plot and has him executed, Lewis is next in line for the throne. Fastrada tries secretly to expedite this process by telling her husband that Pippin is disloyal and that Lewis loves his father. When this has no impact, she resorts to another plan: Fastrada prepares her husband to go off for his yearly prayer at Arles, and promptly informs Pippin that his father will be praying there. She does not tell the King that Pippin wishes him harm ("Spread a Little Sunshine").
In the Chapel at Arles, Charlemagne is praying. A disguised Pippin enters and confronts his father about the harm that he has brought to his subjects. He then takes a knife and strikes him to the ground. The monks all rise and bow to their new king ("Morning Glow"). Pippin has now become King of the Holy Roman Empire and prepares himself to hear petitions from the many people in his kingdom. He gives money to the poor, gives land to the peasants and abolishes taxes for everyone. He also abolishes the army. Unfortunately, when the Infidel Huns attack, Pippin's kingdom cannot fight back. Soon, he is forced to revoke all of the promises that he made and, as a result, becomes very unpopular. Lost and confused, Pippin goes to pray at the body of his dead father. He asks his father if he can have his knife back, and Charlemagne appears. He takes the crown from Pippin and leaves. The Leading Player tells Pippin that it's time for him to think about his life ("Act One Finale").
Pippin is still agitated and confused, but the Leading Player assures him that things are going exactly as planned ("On the Right Track"). He tries out a variety of different professions and activities, but none is to his liking.
Enter Catherine. She is a widow with a young son and a large estate. When she first sees Pippin, he is a lying on a road like a discarded rag ("There He Was"). It is revealed that Pippin has lost the will to live; she cleans him up and tries restore his ambition. She describes herself as an ordinary woman with ordinary needs. Unfortunately, nothing she says to Pippin makes him change ("Kind of Woman").
She finally sends her son, Theo, to talk with Pippin. Theo attempts to show Pippin his duck, but Pippin is not interested. Catherine decides to give Pippin one more chance. She talks with him and finds out that he is in complete despair because he has an overwhelming need to be fulfilled... and he is not. She tells him about real despair: a husband that she loved very much, who was struck by fever and taken from her. She then asks Pippin to help her run the estate, and he hops out of bed and starts becoming part of her everyday life doing chores. But, this work doesn't really interest him either ("Extraordinary").
Pippin finally decides that he has had enough of menial chores around Catherine's estate and he tells her that he is leaving. Then, Otto the duck gets sick, and Theo comes to Pippin for help. Pippin tries to tell the boy that he doesn't know anything about ducks; all he can do is pray for the duck to recover ("Prayer for a Duck"). Unfortunately, the duck dies; Theo is heartbroken and plunges into his own monumental despair. Pippin overcomes his own despair by cheering Theo up.
In the course of all of this, he finds himself becoming extremely attracted to Catherine. The two of them have fallen in love ("Love Song"). As six months go by, Catherine and Theo throw a party for Pippin. Pippin realizes that the three of them are becoming a family and it completely terrifies him. Pippin tells Catherine that he must leave. Catherine is left alone to reflect on how much Pippin changed her life ("I Guess I'll Miss the Man").
Pippin is once again very discouraged and sits alone. The Leading Player and Charlemagne appear to talk Pippin through what he has learned – what they knew all along – that there is nothing completely fulfilling. Pippin agrees, but the Leading Player suddenly says that there is one thing that it is completely fulfilling – the much anticipated climax of the show. A player with a torch jumps in, and a trick firebox is rolled on. This player goes upstage of the box while another player steps inside of it. A cloth is held up in front of the box, and the player with the torch sets fire to a dummy inside of it that is supposed to be a man. We see the dummy burn and, after the flames vanish, the cloth is brought up again; the Player steps in front of it. The Troupe applauds.
Pippin is underwhelmed by this trick, but the Leading Player assures him that, when Pippin does it, it will be real. He asks Pippin to set himself on fire for the audience ("Finale"). Just before he is about to step into the box, he stops. Catherine and Theo appear, and Pippin begins to go towards them. The Leading Player is infuriated and demands that Pippin continue with the trick. Pippin takes Catherine and Theo by the hand and the three of them stand together. Pippin realizes that all of the magic and greatness he wanted may have been with them. The Leading Player mocks and threatens Pippin. She removes their costumes, turns off the stage lighting and empties the stage to show Pippin what life is like without "magic." Pippin is finally fulfilled. The Leading Player turns to address the audience. She apologizes for what has happened and abruptly leaves the stage after demanding that the band leave, as well. Now, Pippin cannot even sing. Pippin, who seems to be unfazed, simply sings a capella. Smiling, he and Catherine eventually depart.
Theo is left on stage and stares at a pile of discarded gloves as the voices of the players can be heard. The curtain slowly falls.
A row of storefronts in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In the rain our hero, Jack Singer, cannot contain his enthusiastic love for Betsy Nolan, his girlfriend of 5 years who he plans to make his fiancé (“I Love Betsy”). He arrives at Betsy’s brownstone and the two head to Tiffany’s to procure an engagement ring. Jack’s anxiety manifests in a flashback to his mother’s deathbed, where she made him swear he would never get married or be cursed (“Never Get Married”). Overcome with fear and anxiety, Jack runs out of Tiffany’s, leaving a devastated Betsy behind.
Back in Park Slope, Jack babbles over his discomfort assuring Betsy his mother’s curse is so close to being done. Betsy has heard this all before and is growing understandably more impatient (“Anywhere But Here”). Jack impulsively announces they will fly to Las Vegas the next morning and get married immediately.
Arriving at the jam-packed casino of the Milano Hotel, Buddy Rocky, a suave nightclub singer, entertains an enthusiastic crowd (“When You Say Vegas”). Tommy Korman, a gambler in his mid-fifties and his aide-de-camp, Johnny Sandwich, arrive at the casino.
Later by the pool of the Milano Hotel, Tommy and Johnny reminisce about Tommy’s deceased wife, Donna, who adored sunbathing at this very pool (“Out of the Sun”).
Jack and Betsy arrive at the hotel and casino, and Tommy and Johnny instantly notice the uncanny resemblance Betsy has to Tommy’s deceased wife. In their suite, Betsy talks Jack into going to the chapel immediately. As she changes her outfit, an invitation arrives requesting Jack takes part in Tommy’s poker game. Jack takes this opportunity to avoid the marriage at hand (“The Invitation/Forever Starts Tonight”).
While Jack meets the other players in Tommy’s game, a joyous Betsy strolls through the shopping arcade searching for an actual wedding dress (“Betsy’s Getting Married/The Game”). The heated poker game ended in a crushing loss against Jack, who ended up borrowing – and losing – $58,000 from Tommy. Tommy plays the nice guy and offers Jack a way out of his debt – allow Tommy a weekend alone with Betsy. (“Come to An Agreement”).
A furious Betsy cannot believe the predicament. She agrees to meet Tommy with Jack for one drink. Tommy charms Betsy and reveals he plans to spend their weekend together in Hawaii. Betsy likes this idea, as both a way to escape Vegas and a way to get back at Jack . Terrified of losing Betsy, Jack tries to stop their departure, but is unsuccessful (“Do Something”).
Betsy is relaxing at Tommy’s luxurious beachfront Hawaiian home, enjoying the escape from the mainland and the relationship struggles she temporarily left behind. Meanwhile, Jack is trying to get to Betsy (“Hawaii/Waiting For You”). Tommy’s son, Alex, arrives with his wife, Rose, and newborn baby.
Jack finally lands in Hawaii and frantically attempts to reach Betsy while being greeted by the Hawaiian staff (“Ev’ryday is Happy in Hawaii”). The staff is actually in employ by Tommy, who cannot relax knowing Jack is there. The staff, including a seductive local named Mahi, find ways to stall Jack’s mission (“Friki-Fraki”).
Tommy and Betsy continue to get know each other over drinks and begin to dance to the music of some local singers (“You Made the Wait Worthwhile”), while Jack and Mahi head to the Garden of Disappointed Mothers to break the curse.
Back the beach house Tommy and Betsy enjoy dessert and Betsy is getting even more inebriated. Tommy lies and tells Betsy that this ‘arrangement’ was not the result of a $58,000 deficit, but rather only $800. Betsy is enraged and impulsively decides to marry Tommy back in Vegas and move on with her life (“A Little Luck”).
Jack and Mahi arrive at the garden to break the curse and Jack pleas with his dead mother to break the curse (“The Garden of Disappointed Mothers”). To do so, he must prove his love and win back Betsy’s heart (“Isn’t That Enough”).
Unfortunately, Tommy and Betsy have already arrived at the airport, where we discover that Alex and Rose were actually con-people paid by Tommy to act like his son and daughter-in-law. To make matters worse, the flight to Vegas has closed and Jack must stowaway on a flight with a slew of Elvis impersonators (“Airport Song”).
Betsy begins to question the reality of the situation and seeks solace at the gym. Meanwhile Jack is on board the flight with the Elvis Impersonators and learns they will soon be skydiving over Las Vegas at midnight (“Higher Love”). Tommy tries to rush the ceremony but Betsy has some concerns (“I’ve Been Thinking”). Tommy rushes the skeptical Betsy to the ceremony and offers her a million dollars cash to marry him. She is disgusted and the two are separated by the arrival of the sky-diving Elvii (“Elvii in Flight”). Jack and Betsy reunite and embrace and they get married right there (“Honeymoon in Vegas/Finale”).
“Pippin” is rated PG. Please use the same discretion you would use for a motion picture.
Audience Age Requirements
Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted.
'Day of' Sales
Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance. Once online sales have closed, you can purchase tickets only at the Ticket Box Office ($1 fee at box office) 1.5 hours before the performance. Ticket Box Office is at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts.
Ticket Purchase Disclaimer
All tickets sales are final. No refunds or exchanges available.
I purchased my tickets online, but I didn’t get any tickets. Where are my tickets?
Print your receipt out and bring it with you. It works just fine for our ushers as your tickets. Our online purveyor, seatyourself.biz, is fabulous, because they insure that you get your tickets with minimal service charges, and they sell our seats efficiently, minimizing our service charges, too, so we get the most money back to support the program and underwrite these amazing shows we get to do!
I purchased tickets for a bunch of friends, and I don’t have tickets to give to them. What should I do?
Go ahead and just make copies of your receipt so that your friends all have them. If they’re your friends, we expect y’all won’t fight over seats, so it’s fine for you to use multiple copies of your receipt to get everyone into the theater.
How long is the show?
The show runs two and a half hours, including a fifteen minute intermission.
Is there accessible seating at the BCPA?
Yes! There is accessible seating. You can choose accessible seats as one of your ticket buying options on our website. Please call Molly Scruggs at (678) 446-5924 and she’ll make sure the usher staff knows how many wheelchair spaces or folding seats you’ll need for accessible seat patrons and their guests.
Is there an elevator at the BCPA?
Yes. We have an elevator to get people to the balcony level. If you need accessible seats, please select them in our ticketing system, so you avoid having to navigate stairs.
I can’t use my tickets. What should I do?
As usual, there are a couple of options. Give them to friends. Give them away to people who might not have a chance to see the show otherwise! Call Molly Scruggs at (678) 446-5924 and let her know and perhaps we can resell them. (Given our usual demand, we sell out a lot, and we always have people hoping for turned back seats.) If you do this, depending on your tax situation, you can probably take a deduction for 80% of the price of the tickets as a donation to the program.
We do not give refunds. There is just no easy way to make that happen. In a limited number of situations, we can exchange your tickets for another performance, but that’s subject to availability and ticket load on our team.
The site says the show I want to attend is sold out. What does that mean?
If the system says the show is sold out, it means we’ve sold all the available seats for the show, and your chances of getting a ticket are really slim. We do not hold “house seats”. On occasion, we’ll have seats turned back. If there is time, we’ll put those seats back up for sale on the system; if not, you can come to the BCPA before the show or call Molly Scruggs at (678) 446-5924 and she may know whether there is hope. And remember to order earlier next time! We hate disappointing people, but there are only so many seats available, and the fire marshall would get really, rightfully angry with the program (all in the name of our safety, of course) if we sold tickets for seats we don’t have!
The story begins with World War II U.S. Army buddies, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, on Christmas Eve 1944 somewhere on the Western Front. The troops have gotten hold of a Christmas tree, and Wallace and Davis are putting on a make-shift holiday show for the troops of the 151st Division (White Christmas/Happy Holidays). Major General Henry Waverly arrives for the end of the show and holds a field inspection before being relieved of command of the 151st Division.
After the war in 1954, the pair, now labeled “America’s favorite song-and-dance-team,” appear on The Ed Sullivan Show (Happy Holidays/Let Yourself Go). Wallace and Davis plug their new show Blue Skies set to open on Christmas Eve in Florida. Before leaving their dressing room, Davis tells Wallace about a letter he received from an old army buddy of theirs asking them to go watch his sisters’ act. Davis convinces Wallace he needs to fall in love and that the Haynes sisters could be good for them (Love and the Weather), so Wallace reluctantly agrees to go watch the girls.
They go to the club to audition the sister act (Sisters), only to discover that Judy actually sent Davis the letter. Wallace and Davis have train tickets to go to Florida for their new show that night, while Betty and Judy are booked to leave for Pinetree, Vermont. Davis and Judy dance together at the club and decide to trick Wallace into going to Vermont so all four of them can be together (The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing).
Wallace and Davis board the same train as the Haynes sisters, and it doesn’t take long for Wallace to figure out he has been played. The four begin to get excited about arriving in Vermont (Snow), but when the train pulls in, things are not exactly as expected.
They discover that the Columbia Inn in Pinetree is run by their former commanding officer, Major General Waverly, and it’s about to go bankrupt because of the lack of snow and, therefore, lack of guests. The General has invested all of his savings, pension and hope into the inn, so the foursome want to help out and bring business back (What Can You Do with a General).
Wallace and Davis bring Blue Skies and their entire Broadway cast to Vermont and add Betty and Judy into the show. Martha, Columbia Inn’s concierge, also gets in on the show after impressing Wallace and Davis with her talent (Let Me Sing and I’m Happy).
That night, the General’s granddaughter, Susan, is upset. She can’t sleep because she discovered her grandfather tried to rejoin the army but was rejected and now feels like he doesn’t belong. Wallace comforts her until she falls asleep (Count Your Blessings) and then shares a romantic moment with Betty.
After hearing about the General’s rejected plans to rejoin the Army, Wallace decides to prove to him that he is not forgotten. He calls his friend and former army cohort, Ralph Sheldrake, at the Ed Sullivan Show to have him send out letters to the men under the command of the General in the war. The letters are part of a “secret plan” to get the men to come to the inn for the holiday and surprise the General. Sheldrake returns Wallace’s call to let him know that the “secret plan” is going great, but Martha answers the phone and confuses the message thinking Sheldrake is a real estate bigwig and that Wallace is going to force the General to sell the inn. After Martha tells Betty about the phone call, Betty confronts Wallace about his intentions but still doesn’t learn the truth (Blue Skies).
A full run-through of the show is taking place in the barn (I Love a Piano) while romantic drama ensues: Judy’s angry at Davis for his flirtatious manner with all the chorus girls, and Betty is packing for New York because of what she thinks Wallace is going to do to the General (Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun). Susan is also desperately trying to create an act to be part of the show but is turned down by Wallace and Davis. Back in the rehearsal hall, nobody can find the Hayes sisters, so Wallace and Davis rehearse their number for them (Sisters Reprise). Susan tells Wallace that Betty has left for New York, and he goes after her immediately.
In New York, Betty is performing at The Regency Room (Love You Didn’t Do Right by Me/How Deep is the Ocean). Wallace brings Sheldrake to watch Betty’s performance and afterwards they explain the “secret plan” to her. Betty agrees to return to Vermont.
Before leaving New York, Wallace makes another appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show to announce one final time that all the men of the 151st Division should go to the General’s inn for Christmas (We’ll Follow the Old Man).
Wallace and Betty return to the inn to find that Judy and Davis have gotten engaged, and Susan is going to have an act in the show (Let Me Sing and I’m Happy Reprise).
On the night of the show, Martha convinces the General that all of his suits have been sent to the cleaners, and General Waverly concludes that he’ll have to appear in his old uniform. The cast is getting ready in the barn when Wallace and Betty confess their love for one another (How Deep Is the Ocean Reprise). When the General enters the barn where the show is to take place, he is greeted by his former division (We’ll Follow the Old Man Reprise). The show is performed without a hitch (Happy Holiday/White Christmas), and snow begins to fall as the foursome celebrate their love (Finale: I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm).
Set Manager, BCPA Manager