Sunday, February 22, 2009

"a musical steeped in optical illusion"

“Pippin” — which tells the story of Charlemagne’s young son, who strikes out on his own after rejecting his father’s tyrannical ways — is a musical steeped in optical illusion. (“Magic to Do” is one of its most memorable songs.) The crew’s resident magician is Tobin Ost, the scenic and costume designer. Ost devised a series of stage holes 8 inches in diameter that the cast can open and close from below using a simple hinge mechanism.

Above, Michael Arden, left, and Tyrone Giordano, who jointly portray the title character, rehearse with the hands.

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