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Leading Player: Female? 

Could the leading player be a girl?
Yes 82%  82%  [ 23 ]
No 18%  18%  [ 5 ]
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Post Leading Player: Female?
I love the role of the leading player and I was just wondering what you guys thought about the leading player being played by a girl.

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SORRY!!! I didn't realized there was already a post about this! I really apologize!!

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Post Leading Player: Female?
And, of course, that thread has now been lost since the forum move. So I suppose the topic is up for discussion once more.

I wonder if this question actually asks whether the role could be played by a girl or whether it is important that the gender of the character is male. Or is there an argument that the Leading Player could be androgynous? Thoughts?

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Not only is such a casting choice very common, but the reasoning behind it is very sound. As the Leading Player is a confidante who betrays Pippin at every turn, casting the L.P. as a woman adds a sexual element to Pippin's seduction; this casting also gives the show a much more contemporary feel, to have a woman in the position of authority.

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Diane Paulus is staging a NY reading and Tracie Thoms is playing the Leading Player

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/154355/wil ... n-revival/

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Post Re: Leading Player: Female?
Having done the show recently and thought about much of what works well in the show and what doesn't, I'm very interested in what a revival will look like, especially with a woman as the LP (that is, will the parts be re-orchestrated and such) and with Hirson back to update the book.

Though I dislike this oft-used introduction to the show: "Pippin tells the story of a young prince who flees his kingdom, but returns to take down his tyrant father." It just misrepresents the show, leading people to assume it's an action-oriented political show rather than the amorphous social commentary it is. Plus all that stuff mentioned is only in the first act. It's sort of like saying that Les Mis tells the story of an ex-con who breaks parole and takes in a former employee's daughter. Yeah, that stuff is in the show, but it by no means defines it.


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Post Re: Leading Player: Female?
MunkustrapQC wrote:
Diane Paulus is staging a NY reading and Tracie Thoms is playing the Leading Player

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/154355/wil ... n-revival/


My two cents...
I've seen Pippin with both a male and female LP, and I think both can work really well. I think having a female LP makes the whole tricky side of the LP more seductive and adds to the show. I'm on the fence about Tracie Thoms as the LP, because I like her and think she could be either amazing or it just won't work.

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