She stops the show with her inimitable version of “No Time at All,” a rousing number in which she invites the audience to sing along, “but just on the chorus,” she cautions. “The verses are mine.”
Terrence Mann brings crusty humor to his role as Charlemagne, while his real-life wife Charlotte d'Amboise is a scheming Fastrada, Pippin's stepmother who wants to see her son Lewis inherit the throne. Rachel Bay Jones' ditzy approach to Catherine lends considerable humor to the part.
British actor Matthew James Thomas makes a fine impression in the title role, particularly with his attractive and powerful voice, heard most notably in the lovely ballads “With You” and “Morning Glow,” as well as in the spirited “Corner of the Sky” and “Extraordinary.”
Outfitted with new orchestrations by Larry Hochman, “Pippin” takes Schwartz's familiar melodies and gives them a contemporary sensibility. Add a cast that possesses an abundance of vocal talents and the score sparkles anew.
Like Schwartz's “Godspell,” “Pippin” is the kind of show that lends itself to novel approaches. Gypsy Snider's circus elements and Paulus' remarkable stage pictures transform “Pippin” into an exciting production that should easily satisfy 21st-century audiences seeking a nontraditional theatrical experience.
— Rick Rogers