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1. The original version of PIPPIN was staged a) at Broadway's Imperial Theatre b) for a Carnegie Mellon University club called Scotch n Soda c) in a Pittsburgh bar called Scotch n Soda.

2. The original version of PIPPIN was modeled after a) A medieval morality play based on the historical Charlemagne b) Camelot c) Lion in Winter

3. The producer for PIPPIN had been successful with a) Godspell b) 1776 c) Hair

4. Shirley Bernstein agreed to be Stephen Schwartz's agent after hearing a) Godspell b) his writing of lyrics for her brother Leonard Bernstein for Mass c) The original version of Pippin

5. The original actress for PIPPIN's granny played a well-known elderly person in a) Beverly Hillbillies b) Driving Miss Daisy c) Lion in Winter

6. The form of advertising given credit for significantly helping popularize Pippin was a) radio commercials connected with pop song hit Corner of the Sky b) TV commercials c) newspaper advertisements

7. A song cut from the original Broadway show during pre-Broadway trial period: a) I Guess I'll Miss the Man b) Marking Time c) Manson Trio

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  • Includes: Magic To Do, Corner of the Sky, War is a Science, Glory, Simple Joys, No Time At All, With You, Spread a Little Sunshine, Morning Glow, On the Right Track, Kind of Woman, Extraordinary, Love Song, I Guess I'll Miss the Man, Finale
  • BONUS TRACKS on this recording: I Guess I'll Miss the Man -- The Supremes, Corner of the Sky -- The Jackson 5, Morning Glow -- Michael Jackson

Answers

1. The original version of Pippin was staged a) at Broadway's Imperial Theatre b) for a Carnegie Mellon University club called Scotch n Soda c) in a Pittsburgh bar called Scotch n Soda.

Answer b: "Pippin, Pippin" was staged in 1967 at Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie Tech) for the Scotch 'n' Soda club.

2. The original version of Pippin was modeled after a) A medieval morality play based on the historical Charlemagne b) Camelot c) Lion in Winter

Answer c: Stephen Schwartz and a friend who wrote the show were inspired by the court intrigue of the James Goldman play Lion in Winter which ran on Broadway March to May 1966.

3. The producer for Pippin had been successful with a) Godspell b) 1776 c) Hair

Answer b) Stuart Ostrow had a hit with 1776.

4. Shirley Bernstein agreed to be Stephen Schwartz's agent after hearing a) Godspell b) his writing of lyrics for her brother Leonard Bernstein for Mass c) The original version of Pippin

Answer c: Schwartz brought Pippin with him when he moved to New York City after college graduation in 1968. It eventually came to Shirley Bernstein's attention and she agreed to represent him. Godspell and Mass were written later.

5. The original actress for PIPPIN's granny played a well-known elderly person in a) Beverly Hillbillies b) Driving Miss Daisy c) Lion in Winter

Answer a) Irene Ryan was a star in Beverly Hillbillies.

6. The form of advertising given credit for significantly helping popularize Pippin was a) radio commercials connected with pop song hit Corner of the Sky b) TV commercials c) newspaper advertisements

The show was successful from the beginning. Having "Corner of the Sky" out as a hit record apparently did boost interest in the show. A TV commercial bolstered later sales. It is often mentioned with regard to Pippin because it was the first commericial of its kind. (so the closest answer is b)

7. A song cut from the original Broadway show during pre-Broadway trial period: a) I Guess I'll Miss the Man b) Marking Time c) Manson Trio

Answer b: "Marking Time" was cut in Washington D.C. and replaced by "Extraordinary."

Colorful stories of Pippin's history will be retold in a forthcoming book on the musicals of Stephen Schwartz.

To be notified when the book is available email carol@musicalschwartz.com with NOTIFY in the subject heading. If you have your own colorful story to share please feel free to send it along.

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