Medieval history met jazz hands in "Pippin," one of the longest-running Broadway musicals of the 1970's. Its success was partly due to Stephen Schwartz's tuneful score, but even more to Bob Fosse's high-powered staging and choreography (and to one of the first TV commercials to promote a Broadway show). The story line deals with the growing-up of the young prince Pippin, but this show has always been a signature Fosse production. That made reviving the show difficult, but director Diane Paulus found a new way to approach "Pippin" in 2013 and made the show a Broadway hit once again. That new way is through the circus, and a cast that spins, twirls, dances on trapezes, and much more. The touring company of "Pippin," presented by RBTL, hits the Auditorium Theatre next Tuesday, and there will be "Magic to Do" in Rochester once more.
"Pippin" will run Tuesday, January 13, through Sunday, January 18, at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street. 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. $32.50-$72.50. 222-5000; rbtl.org.