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Pippin, With Music, Dance & Humor, Entertains This Coming Weekend

David Stone
Pippin, With Music, Dance & Humor, Entertains This Coming Weekend

When you see a woman with flowers on Mother's Day, you take for granted that she's carrying a gift from loved ones - unless the woman is Jackie Lucid-Cusack, director of Pippin, which opens on Friday. Then, all bets are off.

When we stopped by Wholesome Factory on Mother's Day, Jackie Lucid-Cusick was already in line, a big bundle of flowers in her arms.

"Happy Mother's Day," I said.

She looked at the flowers.

"These aren't for me," she explained. "They're for the mothers who let their kids come to rehearsal today. I bought one for each of them."

Rehearsals were going on for Pippin, set to welcome audiences for four performances, this weekend. Lucid-Cusick is directing, accompanied by Music Director Jonathan Fadner, with choreography by Jenny Gruby Watkins. Assistant Director is Chana Meltzer.

Pippin, a huge hit in it first run that featured Ben Vereen and dances by Bob Fosse, also won acclaim for its 2013 revival on Broadway. 

We have our own chance to experience this funny, touching, musical and insightful show intimately at the Howe Theatre in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center at 548 Main Street. 

"Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day."

Tickets are on sale now at the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance website.

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