History Theatre / Pippin

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2nd Apr '17 6:39:44 PM Luigifan
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The show is 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.

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The show is 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 show, Pippin experiments with war, sex, revolution, art, religion 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.



When he's failed at everything, the players reappear, saying that the only truly satisifying thing in the world is their Grand 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."

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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 - -- 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."



* AerithAndBob: Charlemagne, Fastrada, Pippin...and Lewis, Theo and Catherine

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* AerithAndBob: Charlemagne, Fastrada, Pippin... and Lewis, Theo Theo, and CatherineCatherine.



* 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.]]

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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 [[spoiler:to the point where he [[DrivenToSuicide contemplates suicide suicide]] at the players' behest.]]behest]].



* TheChessmaster / ManipulativeBastard: Leading Player controls everything that goes on in the play. EVERYTHING.

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* TheChessmaster / ManipulativeBastard: Leading Player controls everything that goes on in the play. EVERYTHING.'''Everything.'''



* CoolOldLady: Berthe to a T, [[spoiler: at least in the Play Within A Play. The performer joins the rest of the troupe in encouraging Pippin's Grand Finale]].
* CreepyCircusMusic: The opening song "Magic To Do" sounds 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.
* CueTheSun: Disturbingly warped in the final scene. The Players tell Pippin to "think about the sun" as they bring on a backdrop depicting the sun and a lot of stage lighting as encouragement [[spoiler: for him to commit Self Immolation]].

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* CoolOldLady: Berthe to a T, [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at least in the Play Within A Play. PlayWithinAPlay. The performer joins the rest of the troupe in encouraging Pippin's [[DrivenToSuicide Grand Finale]].
Finale]]]].
* CreepyCircusMusic: The opening song "Magic To Do" sounds like this. Despite the fact that 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.
* CueTheSun: Disturbingly warped in the final scene. The Players tell Pippin to "think about the sun" as they bring on a backdrop depicting the sun and a lot of stage lighting as encouragement [[spoiler: for [[spoiler:for him to commit Self Immolation]].SelfImmolation]].



* DarkIsEvil: [[spoiler: The Leading Player]] wears a black costume.
* DarkReprise: The first time Pippin sings "Corner of the Sky", it's full of hope and determination. Throughout the show, it is reprised more and more desperately each time he gives up on something, culminating during the Finale, as he prepares to [[spoiler: light himself on fire]] In the revised ending, there is one more less desperate but extremely eerie reprise sung by [[spoiler: Theo, returning to the stage in the hope of finding his own purpose with the help of the Players]].

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* DarkIsEvil: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Leading Player]] wears a black costume.
* DarkReprise: The first time Pippin sings "Corner of the Sky", it's full of hope and determination. Throughout the show, it is reprised more and more desperately each time he gives up on something, culminating during the Finale, as he prepares to [[spoiler: light [[spoiler:light himself on fire]] In the revised ending, there is one more less desperate but extremely eerie reprise sung by [[spoiler: Theo, [[spoiler:Theo, returning to the stage in the hope of finding his own purpose with the help of the Players]].



* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Pippin decides against becoming an artist because "you have to die before you find out if you were any good."

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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.""[[note]]This is in one version of the play. An alternate version of this line goes along the lines of "When the king cuts the budget, [[StarvingArtist the arts are the first thing to go]]."[[/note]]



* DevilInDisguise: Turns out to be [[spoiler: The Leading Player]].

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* DevilInDisguise: Turns out to be [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Leading Player]].



* ForTheEvulz: Let's face it, if Leading Player has any other motivation for [[spoiler: killing Pippin(s)]], we don't know it.

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* ForTheEvulz: Let's face it, if Leading Player has any other motivation for [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing Pippin(s)]], we don't know it.



* GlorySeeker: At one point Pippin takes after his MilesGloriosus half-brother and becomes a glory-seeking warrior, but it doesn't take long for him to become disillusioned.
* TheGoodKing: Pippin ''tries'' to become this but it turns out to be much harder than it looks.
* GrumpyBear: Pippin, as Catherine observes in "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" qualifies as one.

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* GlorySeeker: At one point point, Pippin takes after his MilesGloriosus half-brother and becomes a glory-seeking warrior, but [[WarIsHell it doesn't take long for him to become disillusioned.
disillusioned]].
* TheGoodKing: Pippin ''tries'' to become this this, but it turns out to be much harder than it looks.
* GrumpyBear: Pippin, as Catherine observes in "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" Man", qualifies as one.



* HeelFaceTurn: Arguably, Catherine, when she [[spoiler: interrupts Pippin's suicide during the grand finale]].
** Or possibly even earlier when she [[spoiler: ignores the Leading Player and sings "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" despite it not being in the script]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The entire cast except Catherine and Theo are historical figures, Charlemagne being the most notable.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Arguably, Catherine, when she [[spoiler: interrupts [[spoiler:interrupts Pippin's suicide during the grand finale]].
** Or possibly even earlier when she [[spoiler: ignores [[spoiler:ignores the Leading Player and sings "I Guess I'll Miss the Man" despite it not being in the script]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The entire cast except Catherine Catherine, Theo, and Theo the Leading Player are historical figures, Charlemagne being the most notable.



* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Kind of the point of" Extraordinary".

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Kind of the point of" Extraordinary".of "Extraordinary".



* ItsAllAboutMe: Pippin. When you think about it, this is really the whole point of the show. He has a freakin' song just about how special he thinks he is. Notably, the first action that he takes in the show that isn't about his own fulfillment ("Prayer for a Duck", which he sings ''after'' deciding that life at Catherine's manor is too ordinary for him) ends up forming the connection to Catherine and Theo that [[spoiler: allows him to find an alternative to death]] at the end.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Pippin. When you think about it, this is really the whole point of the show. He has a freakin' song just about how special he thinks he is. Notably, the first action that he takes in the show that isn't about his own fulfillment ("Prayer for a Duck", which he sings ''after'' deciding that life at Catherine's manor is too ordinary for him) ends up forming the connection to Catherine and Theo that [[spoiler: allows [[spoiler:allows him to find an alternative to death]] at the end.



* LemonyNarrator: The Leading Player in spades! He definitely has an agenda of his own, often makes comments on the actions of the other players and as we eventually realize, is a very fleshed-out character.

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* LemonyNarrator: The Leading Player in spades! He definitely has an agenda of his own, often makes comments on the actions of the other players and players, and, as we eventually realize, [[BigBad is a very fleshed-out character.character]].



* MilesGloriosus: Lewis, a strong but stupid type who likes wearing shiny breastplates, swinging a sword around and boasting about the number of enemies slain by his hand.
* MonsterClown: The true nature of [[spoiler: ''all of the players'' save for Pippin, Theo, and Catherine]].

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* MilesGloriosus: Lewis, a strong but stupid type who likes wearing shiny breastplates, swinging a sword around around, and boasting about the number of enemies slain by his hand.
* MonsterClown: The true nature of [[spoiler: ''all [[spoiler:''all of the players'' save for Pippin, Theo, and Catherine]].



** In some productions, it's placed immediately after [[spoiler: Pippin kills Charlegmagne.]] The second act then picks up exactly where the first act ended, and "Morning Glow" is used as an opening number.

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** In some productions, it's placed immediately after [[spoiler: Pippin [[spoiler:Pippin kills Charlegmagne.]] Charlegmagne]]. The second act then picks up exactly where the first act ended, and "Morning Glow" is used as an opening number.



** 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.

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** Lampshaded in the 2013 revival when the Leading Player remarks that "attention spans are shorter than they used to be" at the end of Act I.



* ResetButton: When Pippin regrets [[spoiler: assassinating his father]], the Leading Player allows him to undo it.
-->Charlemagne: [[spoiler:(cheerfully) It's alright, son. Just don't let it happen again!]]

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* ResetButton: When Pippin regrets [[spoiler: assassinating [[spoiler:assassinating his father]], the Leading Player allows him to undo it.
-->Charlemagne: -->'''Charlemagne:''' [[spoiler:(cheerfully) It's alright, son. Just don't let it happen again!]]



* SelfImmolation: The fate intended for [[spoiler: Pippin, as the Grand Finale]].

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* SelfImmolation: The fate intended for [[spoiler: Pippin, [[spoiler:Pippin, as the Grand Finale]].



* TermsOfEndangerment: The Leading Player often calls Pippin "baby" and his last line is, "You try singing without music, sweetheart." He seems to do it more and more as the play goes on, ESPECIALLY in the Grand Finale.

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* TermsOfEndangerment: The Leading Player often calls Pippin "baby" and his last line is, "You try singing without music, sweetheart." He seems to do it more and more as the play goes on, ESPECIALLY ''especially'' in the Grand Finale.



* TheVamp: Fastrada, productions with a female Leading Player tend to portray her this way.
* VillainSong: "Spread A Little Sunshine" for Fastrada. Surprisingly, the play's true villain, [[spoiler: The Leading Player]], doesn't really get one.

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* TheVamp: Fastrada, Fastrada by default. Also, productions with a female Leading Player tend to portray her this way.
* VillainSong: "Spread A Little Sunshine" for Fastrada. Surprisingly, the play's true villain, [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Leading Player]], doesn't really get one.
7th Feb '17 1:33:00 PM Caliburn_Absolute
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* ForTheEvulz: Let's face it, if Leading Player has any other motivation for [[spoiler: killing Pippin(s)]] we don't know it.

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* ForTheEvulz: Let's face it, if Leading Player has any other motivation for [[spoiler: killing Pippin(s)]] Pippin(s)]], we don't know it.



* MilesGloriosus: Lewis, a strong stupid type who likes wearing shiny breastplates, swinging a sword around and boasting about the number of enemies slain by his hand.

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* MilesGloriosus: Lewis, a strong but stupid type who likes wearing shiny breastplates, swinging a sword around and boasting about the number of enemies slain by his hand.



* OriginalCastPrecedent: The original actor for Pippin had absolutely no luck with the costume department in regards to shoes. He could never find a pair of shoes that were comfortable, so one night, fed up, he decided to do the whole show barefoot. It wasn't easy. In his dressing room after the curtain call, Bob Fosse came in. The actor prepared himself for a grovelling apology, but instead Fosse gushed, "I love it! Barefoot! Gives you that innocence." Since then, Pippin is traditionally barefoot, with the 2013 revival one of the few exceptions.

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* OriginalCastPrecedent: OriginalCastPrecedent:
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The original actor for Pippin had absolutely no luck with the costume department in regards to shoes. He could never find a pair of shoes that were comfortable, so one night, fed up, he decided to do the whole show barefoot. It wasn't easy. In his dressing room after the curtain call, Bob Fosse came in. The actor prepared himself for a grovelling apology, but instead Fosse gushed, "I love it! Barefoot! Gives you that innocence." Since then, Pippin is traditionally barefoot, with the 2013 revival one of the few exceptions.



* PatterSong: Oh, "War Is A Science," why are you so cool?

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* PatterSong: Oh, "War Is A Science," Science", why are you so cool?



-->[[spoiler: Charlemagne [cheerfully]: It's alright, son. Just don't let it happen again!]]
* TheReveal: The "perfect act" that is the Grand Finale is [[spoiler: '''SUICIDE BY SELF-IMMOLATION''']].

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-->[[spoiler: Charlemagne [cheerfully]: -->Charlemagne: [[spoiler:(cheerfully) It's alright, son. Just don't let it happen again!]]
* TheReveal: The "perfect act" that is the Grand Finale is [[spoiler: '''SUICIDE [[spoiler:'''SUICIDE BY SELF-IMMOLATION''']].



* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: The Leading Player.]]

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* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Leading Player.]]



* VillainSong: "Spread A Little Sunshine" for Fastrada. Suprisingly the play's true villain, [[spoiler: The Leading Player]], doesn't really get one.

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* VillainSong: "Spread A Little Sunshine" for Fastrada. Suprisingly Surprisingly, the play's true villain, [[spoiler: The Leading Player]], doesn't really get one.
3rd Sep '16 11:08:37 AM Morgenthaler
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''Pippin'' is a musical written by Creator/StephenSchwartz and Roger O. Hirson and directed by Creator/BobFosse. It tells the story of the young son of [[HolyRomanEmpire Charlemagne]] desperately looking for a place to belong.

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''Pippin'' is a musical written by Creator/StephenSchwartz and Roger O. Hirson and directed by Creator/BobFosse. It tells the story of the young son of [[HolyRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Charlemagne]] desperately looking for a place to belong.
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."
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