RIC Mainstage Theatre to present “Pippin” April 22-25

“Pippin” – the musical tour-de-force about a young prince’s personal odyssey – will be performed by RIC’s Mainstage Theatre from April 22-25 in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall.

Bob Fosse directed the original Broadway production of “Pippin” in 1972 as a bawdy, tongue-in-cheek tale of the son of the Emperor Charlemagne, whose desire to find the true meaning of life engages him in war, temptations of the flesh and political intrigue.

Composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz’s score, from romping dance numbers to beautiful ballads, keeps this contemporary classic soaring from the start.

The RIC Mainstage Theatre show will be directed by Bill Wilson, RIC director of musical theatre. The choreographer is Angelica Vessella ’97, MFA ’07, RIC director of dance. Anthony-Alexander Torelli ’86 provides music direction.

“Pippin” will be staged from April 22-24 at 8 p.m., and on April 24 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, with discounts for seniors, RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni, and children. Tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or at the Roberts Hall Box Office, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.