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Pippin

a Musical
CATEGORY : MUSICAL
by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur) [WEBSITE]
ID# 841

SHOWING : February 20, 2004 - March 13, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Musical Director Dennis Downer
Director Darrell Wofford
Stage Manager Pamela Cassiday
Lighting Designer Tom Gillespie
Choreography Natalie Gray
Light/Sound Operator Jennifer Parsons
Charles Jeffery Brown
Berthe (Understudy) Martie Carlson
Leading Player Eric Catania
Catherine Danita Charles
Lewis Royce G. Garrison
Ensemble LaMichael Hendrix
Fastrada Jerrica Knight
Ensemble Courtney Loner
Ensemble Kim Meador
Ensemble Holly Parsons
Ensemble Aprylle Ross
Ensemble Mark W. Schroeder
Ensemble chris skinner
Thea Sami Watson
Berthe Karen Whitaker
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REVIEWS

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by mamet123
Monday, March 22, 2004
4.0
Never have I been a fan of PIPPIN or Onstage's work. But both seemed to shock me with satisfaction this go around- I usually get to see a few shows a week and I heard about how wonderful this show was and decided to give it a chance and was blown away.

Techincally, the concept of the show was very nice, it was different in that it seemed to jump around from era to era, gas masks to wheelchairs to period-style costuming to projections of past wars during one of the most beautiful ensemble pieces, GLORY. The set being a simple sun used for entrances and exits and throughout the show being lit with hundreds of color combinations that added to the emotion of the scene.

Performance-wise, Eric Catania who played the LEADING PLAYER had a beautiful voice and helped the show move along, it was nice to see Geoffrey Brown on the stage again in the role of CHARLEMAGNE, Jerrica Knight as FASTRADA was at points dull, but at other points stole scenes with her charm and her kisses to the audience, Karen Whittaker as the GRANDMOTHER was as always a joy to watch, but at times was a little over done. But, as far as the entire show is concerned, the real find is sadly not in the list of principals, but in the ensemble- Christopher Skinner, one of the reasons I ventured to Onstage. It seems that every show this young man is in tends to bring in the crowds, I believe Stage Door figured that out a while ago. Every moment he was on stage I saw most of the audience only watching him and his reactions, he stole the show- hopefully next time Onstage will be smarter and use his name to sell a show, because from what I've heard they aren't doing as well as hoped.

Overall, the show was wonderful- Onstage pulled it off quite well. BRAVO. I was very pleased and got a wonderful deal on a rug as well. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Mostly agree with mamet123 by JohnnyReb
I, too, was very impressed with Onstage Atlanta's production of PIPPIN. My comment is that I believe you didn't pay strong enough tribute to Daniel Hilton in the title role. While others in the cast certainly gave serviceable performances, none fit their part hand-in-glove as did Hilton. Possibly the best I've ever seen play this role, he captured the innocence, the frustration, the longing, every possible comedic element that could be found within the character. While I hope he may grow as a technical singer, he so perfectly interpretted the material for this production, I felt he alone deserved the standing ovation at the end of the evening.

I realize this comment comes off as if I were a close friend, a member of the company or even Hilton himself, but that is not the case--simply a theatre patron who was delighted to experience such a fully-realized performance in (essentially) a community theatre production.
Mostly agree with mamet123 by JohnnyReb
I, too, was very impressed with Onstage Atlanta's production of PIPPIN. My comment is that I believe you didn't pay strong enough tribute to Daniel Hilton in the title role. While others in the cast certainly gave serviceable performances, none fit their part hand-in-glove as did Hilton. Possibly the best I've ever seen play this role, he captured the innocence, the frustration, the longing, every possible comedic element that could be found within the character. While I hope he may grow as a technical singer, he so perfectly interpretted the material for this production, I felt he alone deserved the standing ovation at the end of the evening.

I realize this comment comes off as if I were a close friend, a member of the company or even Hilton himself, but that is not the case--simply a theatre patron who was delighted to experience such a fully-realized performance in (essentially) a community theatre production.
A Breath of Fresh Air (4.5)
by McCroaker
Sunday, February 22, 2004
4.0
Some people would say that Pippin has been 'done-to-death' but I urge you to see this excellent fresh version of Pippin at Onstage Atlanta. While the tempo of the opening number was a bit slow for my personal taste, I was glad to see non-typical costume design and staging for this production. The casting is terrific. I especially enjoyed Jeffery Brown as the King. The Lead Player, Eric Catania was great(whom I also enjoyed in the concert of Ragtime), as was Daniel Hilton as Pippin. The ensemble was well cast overall. The choreography was a bit stiff, but it may be that the dance numbers were cut down to match the ability of the cast. It always makes a difference when your music is live and Onstage Atlanta has put together a terrific ensemble. The set design is also very effective and worked well for the show. All together, Pippin is a lot of fun, and fun was had by all at Onstage Atlanta! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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