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28 March 2009 @ 06:26 am
Sick, sick, SICK and some belated Pippin thoughts...  
So, I've been held up at home, sick with a 102 degree fever for the last couple of days... :P No cough, no sore throat,... just a really high fever. :P Hit me pretty hard too... I could barely even lift my head the first day and it was only yesterday that I was just starting to feel a little bit human again... :P

When I was feeling a bit better, I did manage to watch a Pippin video that I had been meaning to watch since I saw the production at the Taper earlier in the month. I'd never seen any version of the show before so I wanted to see how the addition of sign language and the "additional" Pippin affected the show.

I actually really think it worked better with the two Pippins... for this reason only. There's a lot of inner conflict that Pippin has throughout the show - especially before the finale - to have a second Pippin voice those conflicts, fears, etc. seemed so much more effective to me than watching Pippin alone trying to deal with it all in his own head. I LOVED that Ty's Pippin wanted "such a little thing from life" and how Michael's Pippin wanted "so much..." When it came to the finale, it was Michael's Pippin that convinced Ty to initially go through with it. LOVED the Taper production when Ty starts to leave, thinking the idea was insane and Michael stops him with a "Wait a minute!" I do believe in that moment, no one else, not even the leading player could talk Pippin into doing something like this the way only his other half could.

I also loved how Michael was stripped away from Ty at the end... leaving him bare and alone with his feelings for Catherine... which I think was a nice contrast to when they first kissed. I mentioned before how much I loved the look on Michael's face when he turned around to find Ty's Pippin and Catherine kissing... There was a look of loneliness that I couldn't quite explain, but it broke my heart each time. This, I think, sets up the finale, and why Michael can't understand why Ty would give up the finale when he sees Catherine and Theo... Which, to me, makes more sense than Pippin just having some great epiphany at the end in the face of danger.

For all of these reasons, I really believe the concept of having two Pippins works extremely really well in the Taper production... but, then again, it could just be my high fever talking. ;)
 
 
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Chelsea Frew: Ty/Hichelseafrew on March 28th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you've been so ill, but I am glad it sounds like you're starting to feel a little better. Not a fun way to come down from your cruise.

I am going to assume the production of Pippin you watched is the one from the 70s with John Rubinstein and Ben Vereen. I haven't watched that in eons, but now that I've just seen the Taper production, maybe I ought to revisit that myself.

I did really like how having two Pippins in the Taper production allowed you to see the internal conflict going on with the character. When I was home last weekend, I was describing the show to my dad. He saw that original production back on Broadway when I was little, and he was very interested in hearing about how they did this new production. And I told him that having two Pippins up on stage allowed you to really see what was going on inside him as he had all of these experiences and then had to make choices about what he was going to do next.

Ty and Michael did a great job of expressing what they were going through as their own part of Pippin. I agree, too, that this was especially true in the last part of the play, when Catherine asked him to stay and they initially disagreed, and of course, with the box. And one of the most powerful moments in the play to me was when Michael was dragged away. Broke my heart.

I still also think they were really gay for each other, but that's another post altogether. :-)

Feel better--take care of yourself!
Sheri: Pippin 01shutterbug93 on March 28th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
I agree, too, that this was especially true in the last part of the play, when Catherine asked him to stay and they initially disagreed

Totally agree here! It was Michael's Pippin that convinced Ty's Pippin that leaking roofs and dying ducks "wasn't enough." It was Michael who alerted Ty to the "look" on Catherine's face of "a widow with no one to sit at the head of the table..." - which made total sense at the end when he was the one who "wanted so much" and Ty was the one who wanted "such a little thing from life."

And of course, one of the most heart-wrenching moments was when Michael was taken away from Ty. That further intensified the feeling to me that Pippin really did want to give up everything and that it wasn't all about the magic and illusions... it always "was here" (in his heart).

Did you feel that Michael's talents were wasted in the show? I initially did, but then the more times I watched it, I realized that he was an integral a part of the show and as much of a focus as Ty was.

Edited at 2009-03-28 07:13 pm (UTC)
Chelsea Frew: Ty Pippin 1chelseafrew on August 13th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I found this sitting in my mailbox where I had carefully saved it so I would remember to reply back. Well, that didn't work as a reminder. *G*

In any case, I just wanted to post a reply to say I felt the same way about Michael in the show. At first, he does seem to be somewhat underutilised. However, I think the show couldn't have existed in this particular form without him. You needed him there to counterbalance Ty's Pippin.

I had liked Michael's work before seeing him in Pippin, but didn't truly appreciate him until he was on Kings. I wish I had seen that before seeing Pippin. I might have paid him a wee bit more attention in the show. Also, I could have had Michael all to myself at the stage door. He came out and met no one. No one else went up to him, and he went off by himself. Hindsight is truly 20/20.

Thanks for putting up with this supremely belated reply...
Kyliekyliebeth on March 28th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an awesome way to do Pippin, I wish I could see that version! It's definitely one of my all-time favorite musicals.

I hope you're feeling better soon. If you need anything, let me know.
Sheri: Pippin 02shutterbug93 on March 28th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
It definitely was a very interesting take on the show! One that I really liked!! I think you would've enjoyed it - if only to see something completely different. :)

Thanks so much!! I do feel a great deal better this morning! :)

Sabine: Mickisabine10 on March 28th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that you've been so ill and I hope you feel better soon. I'm sending good thoughts and big hugs your way!
Sheri: Pippin 01shutterbug93 on March 28th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine! I feel much better than I did even this morning when I wrote this. Cooper was wandering around wondering why I was home and not at work... ;) Thankfully I think I'll be able to return to work on Monday. :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on March 29th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Awwwww Sheri! I hope you're okay!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 30th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks so much Rayna!! Big HUGS to you!!