Emmy Winner Lucie Arnaz Will Play Feisty Grandma Berthe in the National Tour of Pippin

News 07/28/14

Oh, it's time to start livin'! Lucie Arnaz has been cast as Pippin’s trapeze-flying grandmother Berthe in the first national tour of Diane Paulus' Tony-winning revival of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. As previously announced, Sasha Allen and Kyle Selig will play the Leading Player and Pippin, respectively, in the reimagined show. The tour of Pippin will launch in Denver, CO on September 10.

Arnaz is the daughter of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. She made her Broadway debut in They're Playing Our Song. Arnaz earned a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her performance in 1980's The Jazz Singer, and won an Emmy Award for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie. Her other stage credits include My One and Only, Annie Get Your Gun, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, The Guardsman, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, The Witches of Eastwick, Vanities, Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Master Class.

Pippin tells the story of a young prince (Selig) on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow” and “Love Song.”

This all-new production of Pippin features choreography by Tony nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). The show opened on Broadway on April 25, 2013 and went on to win four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Paulus. In addition, Andrea Martin won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her perfomance as Berthe.

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