Theater Review - The Hollywood Reporter

April 26, 2013 1:06 AM

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NEW YORK – A medieval fable that makes a giddy hodge-podge out of Candide and Faust, bulging with sexy circus acts, magic tricks, tuneful early-‘70s pop-rock songs, elementary existentialism and comedy that runs the gamut from goofy and campy through grotesque and bawdy, Pippin shouldn’t work, but it does. Up to a point. Diane Paulus’ Broadway revival of the 1972 musical is massively, almost overwhelmingly entertaining, even if its audacious razzle-dazzle doesn’t mask the limitations of its book. Still, fans of this much-loved show couldn’t ask for a more energized production.

As she demonstrated with her Tony-winning revivals of Hair and Porgy and Bess, Paulus, who first staged this elaborate reinvention earlier this year at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., is a visionary director with a special knack for taking dated material and making it connect wit...

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