Various Artists - 1972 Original Broadway Cast Recording - Pippin





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"This reissue contains bonus tracks of 'Pippin' covers by various Motown artists. The original broadway cast production of 'Pippin' was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Following the success of his off-Broadway musical 'Godspell' and his collaboration with Leonard Bernstein on 'Mass,' songwriter Stephen Schwartz made his Broadway debut with 'Pippin,' which he had actually begun writing in college. It was based, very loosely, on Pepin (aka Pippin), the eighth century Frankish king.

"In the musical, Pippin (played by John Rubinstein) is a young man who is seeking meaning in life, not unlike the generation that came of age in the 1960s, of which Schwartz was a member, and not unlike the Jesus of 'Godspell.' Pippin is led through life experiences by the Leading Player (played by Ben Vereen), a skeptical character not unlike the Judas of 'Godspell.' It is the contrast between ingenuousness and archness represented by the two main characters that gives 'Pippin' its dramatic structure, and onstage that contrast played out in the distinction between Schwartz's sweet pop/rock score and director/choreographer Bob Fosse's tart staging.

"It made for a successful combination; opening on October 23, 1972, 'Pippin' ran more than four and a half years, for a total of 1,944 performances. Theater professionals, as ever hostile to the incursions of rock music on the Great White Way, tended to credit Fosse with the show's popularity and to disparage Schwartz's score. At Tony time, Fosse won two awards, while Schwartz lost the best score trophy to Stephen Sondheim and 'A Little Night Music.' Nevertheless, the score was one of the show's major assets. Motown Records invested in 'Pippin' and had its artists cover songs from it. The Supremes had a minor pop chart entry with 'I Guess I'll Miss the Man,' and the Jackson 5 made the R&B Top Ten and the pop Top 20 with 'Corner of the Sky' shortly after the show opened. The cast album, Motown's first venture into show music, spent two and a half months in the charts, the only cast album to reach the charts at all in 1973. On September 26, 2000, Decca Broadway reissued the Pippin cast album with the Supremes and Jackson 5 hits as bonus tracks, along with Michael Jackson's 1973 cover of 'Morning Glow,' the best of the pop versions of songs from the show." —

1. Magic To Do
2. Corner Of The Sky
3. War Is A Science
4. Glory
5. Simple Joys
6. No Time At All
7. With You
8. Spread A Little Sunshine
9. Morning Glow
10. On The Right Track
11. Kind Of Woman
12. Extraordinary
13. Love Song
14. I Guess I'll Miss The Man
15. Finale
16. I Guess I'll Miss The Man
17. Corner Of The Sky
18. Morning Glow

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