Trivia / Pippin

  • Actor Allusion: To Irene Ryan, the original Berthe, who was best known as Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies:
    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!
  • Pippin is the only Broadway show to get the Tony for Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress for the same role. Ben Vereen won it for the Leading Player during the original run, and Patina Miller won it in the same role for the 2013 revival.
  • Starmaking Role: For Ben Vereen, the original Leading Player.
  • Troubled Production: The original production team did not get along, especially Bob Fosse and Stephen Schwartz. The veteran Fosse had no patience with a newcomer like Schwartz trying to assert himself.
  • In the touring production of the 2013 revival, the role of King Charles was played by John Rubinstein. He first became famous on Broadway by his portrayal of the title character of the 1972 musical...Pippin.