Theatre fans around the world rejoiced when it was announced in January that a 40th anniversary revival of Pippin, Stephen Schwartz’s abstract pop/rock musical about a young prince’s soul-searching journey as told by a zany performance troupe, would be joining the 2013 Broadway season. After opening on April 25, the show, starring Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas, is in for a long and fabulous run.
But wait! There’s more good news! As it turns out, the show’s triumphant return will not be limited to a run at the Music Box theatre. A film adaptation is also in the works, to be written by writer/director James Ponsoldt.
Pippin‘s countless distinctive flourishes, from Bob Fosse’s timeless choreography to Schwartz’s intriguingly non-linear storytelling style, are what have made the show so well-loved over the years. They’re also the very things that are surely going to make the movie version challenging for its creative team.
Still, that won’t stop any of us from imagining which of our favorite stars might appear in the iconic roles on the big screen, will it? Here’s one fan’s dream cast for the film adaptation:
Andy Mientus as Pippin – Much like the character, Mientus has naturally sweet, youthful qualities, most notably his bright blue eyes and soft, pleasant speaking voice. He’s also a fantastic actor and singer, and more than capable of tackling the darker and more complex moments that Pippin has in the show.
Queen Latifah as The Leading Player – Whoever casts the movie version of Pippin is going to have a hell of a time with the Leading Player, a manipulative, mysterious and ambiguous character who has been previously played by men and women of all races. In my opinion, Queen Latifah is the one for the job. She’s got the voice, the demanding presence and more than enough experience in both theatre and film to carry the role.
Caissie Levy as Catherine- Catherine is one of the most interesting, dynamic characters in the musical, and Levy is an equally dynamic performer, who is more than up to the task of playing opposite Mientus’ Pippin. Plus, can’t you just picture Levy singing the hell out of “I Guess I’ll Miss the Man”?
Meryl Streep as Berthe – Is there any role that Meryl Streep can’t play? Her previous forays into the world of movie musicals have yielded fantastic results, and I don’t have any doubt that she would be hilarious and sweet as Pippin’s free-wheeling, outcast grandma.
Hugh Jackman as King Charlemagne – Hugh Jackman is something of an international symbol for raw masculinity in Hollywood. Most recently, he knocked everybody’s socks off as Jean Valjean, and his experience onstage would serve him equally well here as it did in Les Miserables. Surely, Jackman’s powerful presence would be suitably imposing as Pippin’s war-mongering father, King Charlemagne.
Who would you cast in the film? Let me know in the comments!