Pippin

Musical

Writers: Roger O. Hirson Stephen Schwartz

Context

The idea for the musical Pippin was sparked when Stephen Schwartz was in college at Carnegie Mellon. He learned the story of “Pippin the Hunchback,” a prince who launched a campaign against his father, Charlemagne, during the middle ages. Upon graduation, he pitched the show to Harold Prince, who recommended that Schwartz add a section that takes place after Charlemagne’s murder. Pippin evolved into a story about a young man trying to find himself and his purpose -- written just as Schwartz was struggling to find his own.

Pippin premiered on Broadway on October 23, 1972, directed and

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