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I don't have to quote Denis Leary's song to get my point across so that you know what I am, do I?

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For our version of the show, we cut the final spoken lines altogether.

Pippin, Catherine and Theo stand together as a small family group. Pippin sings a capella to Catherine - "We never came close, my love/We nearly came near/It never was there/I think it was here" - before he and Catherine turn, take two steps towards SL and freeze. The LP appears in the shadows SR and hisses Theo's name across the stage. Theo turns his head to see the LP beckon to him. He drops Catherine's hand, turns, takes two steps towards SR and freezes.

We don't know for certain that the whole process is about to begin all over again with a new victim for the LP and his players to play with.
But the implication is there.

What do you think?


Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:53 am
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I've got the libretto right here and there is only the Theo ending, no lines for Pippin and Catherine. Actually, if you go on Stephen Schwartz's website, he likes the alternate ending. He says this in the message board.


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The new libretto, recently released, incorporates many of Fosse's edits and revisions.

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I'm also working up a compromise that includes all of Fosse and both of the released script versions, plus some "director's notes" from Scott Miller that I thought enhanced it. Fan-only project, PM for details.


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I absolutely HATE this new ending. I love the original broadway Fosse version and that's all I will ever stomach for Pippin. When I did the show, we reverted the script back to the original and added all the old stuff in and cut the stupid Theo ending.


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