History Theatre / Pippin

10th Jul '16 11:51:53 AM Iomeces
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* BecomingTheMask: Happens to the actor who plays Pippin in the play within a play. He becomes obsessed with finding a unique purpose in life, like the character he plays, [[spoiler: to the point where he contemplates suicide at the players' behest.]]
8th Mar '16 10:45:57 AM Zerbinetta
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When he's failed at everything, the players reappear, saying that the only truly satisifying thing in the world is their Grand Finale. All for the audience's entertainment, of course. But right when it looks like Pippin is about to do it, he realizes that nothing in the world is truly perfect -- and joins Catherine when she and Theo reappear. The Leading Player throws a temper tantrum and tells the Players to take down all the sets, costumes, lights, and makeup on Pippin and Catherine, but nothing deters them. Finally, the Players leave after saying that if any of the audience members should wish to perform their perfect act, they'll ''always'' be waiting. Pippin finds himself on an empty stage, prepared to live out the rest of his life in the most ordinary way of all, feeling "trapped, but happy."

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When he's failed at everything, the players reappear, saying that the only truly satisifying thing in the world is their Grand Finale.Finale - Pippin burning himself to death by jumping into a ring of fire. All for the audience's entertainment, of course. But right when it looks like Pippin is about to do it, he realizes that nothing in the world is truly perfect -- and joins Catherine when she and Theo reappear. The Leading Player throws a temper tantrum and tells the Players to take down all the sets, costumes, lights, and makeup on Pippin and Catherine, but nothing deters them. Finally, the Players leave after saying that if any of the audience members should wish to perform their perfect act, they'll ''always'' be waiting. Pippin finds himself on an empty stage, prepared to live out the rest of his life in the most ordinary way of all, feeling "trapped, but happy."



"Troped, but happy... which isn't too bad for a wiki page about a musical comedy! Ta da!"''

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"Troped, but happy... which isn't too bad for a wiki page about a musical comedy! Ta da!"''
29th Feb '16 12:14:12 AM pipster
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* GrumpyBear: Pippin, as Catherine observes in "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" qualifies as one.
---> '''Catherine:''' Some days he wouldn't say a pleasant word all day. Some days he'd scowl and curse, but there were other days when he was even... really worse.
2nd Jan '16 8:15:37 PM Pren
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* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Pippin decides against becoming an artist because "you have to die before you find out if you were any good."
30th Jul '15 8:05:01 PM ComposerAri
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** Although, out of context, "Spread a Little Sunshine" is just a nice, catchy tune about the golden rule.
15th Apr '15 10:05:14 AM theredsquirrel
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* GenderNeutralNarrator: OriginalCastPrecedent has the Leading Player as male, but numerous productions, including the 2013 Broadway revival, have cast females. Aside from the changing of keys, it doesn't make much difference.

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* GenderNeutralNarrator: OriginalCastPrecedent has the Leading Player as male, but numerous productions, including the 2013 Broadway revival, have cast females. Aside from the changing of keys, it doesn't make much difference. Ben Vereen (in the 1970's) and Patina Miller (in 2013) have the distinction of the first time a man and a woman have each won a Tony for the same role.
15th Jan '15 5:17:55 PM monkeypizzasonic
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[spoiler: Searching for fulfillment and satisfaction in life will only lead to self-destruction, and a normal boring life, while happy, will always leave you feeling trapped and unfulfilled. So don't wish for freedom, kids. Also a normal life will never have magic in it.]]
15th Jan '15 5:17:25 PM monkeypizzasonic
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[spoiler: Searching for fulfillment and satisfaction in life will only lead to self-destruction, and a normal boring life, while happy, will always leave you feeling trapped and unfulfilled. So don't wish for freedom, kids. Also a normal life will never have magic in it.]]
13th Dec '14 12:29:48 PM beack7
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The show is basically a PlayWithinAPlay performed by a friendly (but slightly creepy) group of players led by the mysterious Leading Player. The players [[NoFourthWall tell the audience]] that their show is building up to a fantastic Grand Finale, but don't give any information about what the Finale actually is. The Leading Player introduces us to the actor playing Pippin, who is apparently a new member of the troupe, playing Pippin for the first time. Pippin is ''very'' desperately searching for a purpose in life, and wants to find something completely fulfilling. Over the course of the show Pippin experiments with war, sex, revolution, art, religion and love, screwing up at everything or finding it unfulfilling. As the show goes on, the audience (hopefully) starts to question the motives of the Players, who become steadily more bizarre and scary.

But just when Pippin is feeling most desperate, he meets a young widow named Catherine, and her son, Theo. Catherine is one of the Players, but she seems different from the rest of them, and actually cares a great deal about Pippin. This frustrates and confuses the Leading Player. This isn't how Catherine's part is supposed to go. Pippin starts to work on Catherine's very ordinary estate and becomes a part of her and her son's very ordinary lives. Eventually, of course, he and Catherine fall in love, and it seems like they could actually live together happily. But Pippin, with some provocation from the Leading Player, decides that simply living with and loving someone isn't glamourous enough for him, and he runs away from the two.

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The show is basically a PlayWithinAPlay performed by a friendly (but slightly creepy) group of players led by the mysterious Leading Player. The players [[NoFourthWall tell the audience]] that their show is building up to a fantastic Grand Finale, but don't give any information about what the Finale actually is. The Leading Player introduces us to the actor playing Pippin, who is apparently a new member of the troupe, playing Pippin for the first time. Pippin is ''very'' desperately searching for a purpose in life, and wants to find something completely fulfilling. Over the course of the show Pippin experiments with war, sex, revolution, art, religion and love, screwing up at everything or finding it unfulfilling. As the show goes on, the audience (hopefully) starts to question the motives of the Players, who become steadily more bizarre and scary.

But just when Pippin is feeling most desperate, he meets a young widow named Catherine, and her son, Theo. Catherine is one of the Players, but she seems different from the rest of them, and actually cares a great deal about Pippin. This frustrates and confuses the Leading Player. This isn't how Catherine's part is supposed to go. Pippin starts to work on Catherine's very ordinary estate and becomes a part of her and her son's very ordinary lives. Eventually, of course, he and Catherine fall in love, and it seems like they could actually live together happily. But Pippin, with some provocation from the Leading Player, decides that simply living with and loving someone isn't glamourous enough for him, and he runs away from the two.



* CallToAgriculture: This is basically what Pippin ends up settling for. Not that he's not happy with it.

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* CallToAgriculture: This is basically what Pippin ends up settling for. Not that he's not happy with it.



* CreepyCircusMusic: The opening song "Magic To Do" sounds pretty much like this. Despite the fact the Players are desperately trying to entertain and appear as friendly as possible, and the lyrics are upbeat and cheery, the music just doesn't sound quite right.

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* CreepyCircusMusic: The opening song "Magic To Do" sounds pretty much like this. Despite the fact the Players are desperately trying to entertain and appear as friendly as possible, and the lyrics are upbeat and cheery, the music just doesn't sound quite right.



** Also, in "On the Right Track":

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** Also, in In "On the Right Track":



** Averted with the Leading Player, whose original actor, Ben Vereen, is an African-American man. The role has since been played not only by men of different ethnicities, but also several women, including Rosie O'Donnell of all people, and Patina Miller, who won a Tony award for her performance in 2013.

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** Averted with the Leading Player, whose original actor, Ben Vereen, is an African-American man. The role has since been played not only by men of different ethnicities, but also several women, including Rosie O'Donnell of all people, and Patina Miller, who won a Tony award for her performance in 2013.



** Also lampshaded in the 2013 when the Leading Player remarks that "attention spans are shorter than they used to be" at the end of Act I.
* PatterSong: oh, "War Is A Science," why are you so cool?

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** Also lampshaded Lampshaded in the 2013 when the Leading Player remarks that "attention spans are shorter than they used to be" at the end of Act I.
* PatterSong: oh, Oh, "War Is A Science," why are you so cool?
4th Dec '14 12:51:24 PM grabaham
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* ActorAllusion: To Irene Ryan, the original Berthe, who was best known as Granny on ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'':
-->Now, I could waylay some aging roué\\
And persuade him to play in some cranny,\\
But it's hard to believe I'm being led astray\\
By a man who calls me Granny!
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