Broadway's Matthew James Thomas to play Pippin in Denver

by John Moore | Aug 30, 2014
Matthew James Thomas. Photo by Felix Kunze. Matthew James Thomas, who originated the title role in Broadway's 2013 Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, will play Pippin again when the show launches its tour in Denver on Sept. 6, it was announced today. 

Kyle Selig, who was previously announced to play Pippin, will be taking a medical leave of absence from the tour for vocal rest. Thomas will play the entire Denver engagement, which runs through Sept. 20.
Thomas created this incarnation of prince Pippin at the American Repertory Theater, and later in the acclaimed Broadway production, which is still running in New York.

Thomas was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, in the United Kingdom. He debuted on Broadway as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark before "re-originating" the role of Pippin and playing it for a year. His debut EP of original music is called No Sound At All, and is available online by clicking here.
This all-new production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin is directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus, features choreography by Tony nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse, and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers).

The cast includes Lucie Arnaz as Berthe, Sasha Allen (a finalist on the fourth season of  NBC’s The Voice) as the Leading Player, Sabrina Harper as Fastrada and Kristine Reese as Catherine.

Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, who created the role of Pippin in the original 1972 Broadway production, is now playing Pippin's father, King Charles, in the tour. That means this new touring production will feature the original Pippin playing opposite the revival's original Pippin -- 42 years apart -- as father and son.


Matthew James Thomas in the Broadway production of Pippin. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Pippin: Ticket information
Sept 6-20, 2014 • Buell Theatre
Accessible Performances • Sep 20, 2pm
Tickets: 303.893.4100 • Toll-free: 800.641.1222 • TTY: 303.893.9582
Groups (10+) • 303.446.4829
Online • www.DenverCenter.Org

'The Pippin Profiles' interview series:

Previous Pippin coverage on MyDenverCenter.Org:

Hello, Denver! 'Pippin' cast and crew arrive
Photos: Pippin loading in Denver, rehearsing in New York

My three Pippins gather at Sardi's to honor John Rubinstein
Photos: Exclusive look at first 'Pippin' rehearsal
Lucie Arnaz joins Denver-bound ‘Pippin’ as Berthe

From Pippin to Pappa: Denver tour launch will feature John Rubinstein
2014-15 season: ‘Pippin,’ ‘Kinky Boots’ are Denver-bound!

Photo credit, top of page: Michael James Thomas, by Felix Kunze.

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John Moore
John Moore
Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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