'Pippin' to inaugurate new area dinner theater

The Midtown Cabaret Theatre, a new venue for theatergoers in the Duvall building, 2816 Azalea Drive, will open its doors to the public for the first time in March with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Pippin."

The show is presented by the theater's resident company, James Island-based Midtown Productions, and runs Saturday through March 29, with 8 p.m. performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and a 3 p.m. show on Sundays. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the evening productions and at 1:45 p.m. for the matinee.

Tickets are $30-$35 for the show only, and $50-$59 for the show plus dinner (gratuity is not included in the ticket price). Duvall Catering will provide the meal.

"Pippin," by Stephen Schwartz (composer-lyricist) and Robert O. Hirson (book), was a blockbuster Broadway hit, featuring choreography by Bob Fosse, when it debuted in 1972. Its revival, now playing on Broadway, won four 2013 Tonys, including Best Musical Revival.

The Midtown production will feature Ryan Ahlert as Pippin; Manny Houston as the Leading Player; Mary Fishburne as Catherine; Christina Leidel as Fastrada; Thomas Keating as Charlemagne; Kathy Summer as Berthe; Xan Rogers as Lewis; plus an ensemble of 10 players.

Music direction is by Leah Megli, with Fosse-inspired choreography by Sarah Callahan.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.midtownproductions.org, or call 795-2223.

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