by Scott Miller
selections for Pippin are available, but the script and full score
are available only by renting them from the licensing agent for performances.
Broadway Cast Recording is available on the Motown label, but with
several of the shorter songs missing (i.e., "Welcome Home," "There He Was,"
"Prayer for a Duck"). A videotape
is also available, but it's important to note that the video is not the original
production -- it's a production done in 1981 in Ontario, Canada, directed by
Kathryn Doby, a dancer from the original Broadway cast, with several other
members of the original cast. People who saw the Broadway production say there
are some significant differences, including some added bits of schtick, and
that the video version seems to lose sight of many of the show's important
themes and subtext in favor of glitz and laughs.
Martin Gottfried's book All His Jazz:
The Life and Death of Bob Fosse and Kevin Royd Grubb's Razzle
Dazzle are both extremely interesting books looking at Bob Fosse's work
from very different angles, and they're both worth reading.
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Scott Miller, author of the above chapter from his successful From Assassins
to West Side Story, has been directing musicals for over fifteen years. He
holds a degree in music and musical theatre from Harvard, has founded three
musical theatre companies, has composed music for television, and has written
the book, music, and lyrics for eight musicals. Miller is a member of the
Dramatists Guild and is the artistic director of New Line Theatre, an
alternative musical theatre company in St. Louis, Missouri.