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I was reading on Stephen Schwartz's website that he likes the idea of casting a sullen sort of Goth-ish teenager for Theo. He says that some of the lines and the whole duck storyline are funnier. I'm trying to wrap my head around that.
However, I am kind of liking the idea of double casting Charlemagne as Berthe. It's kind of a Monty Python-esque twist on things, sort of like the headless man.
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Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:44 pm
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Charlemagne and Berthe being double cast is one of my favorite conceits used in Pippin. I think it works very well. Theo, too, works better as a teenager, especially with the revised "alternate ending" now being the show's definitive end according to MTI's release of the show.

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Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:03 pm
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I'm really torn on the Theo casting.
I love the idea of having a little boy in there and all that comes with it.
But I also like the idea of an overgrown little boy in the form of a sassy pouting teenager too.
A little boy singing Corner of the Sky would be precious.
I don't know!!
I'm casting it this week!!!


Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:36 pm
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I mean, why would Pippin sign up for a life with a bratty teenager?? Or want to help him with the duck??


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" a widow with a small boy.... oh, I mean obnoxious teenager.... and a large estate"
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Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:34 am
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The "small boy" is ironic, like everything else anyone says in the show. The ideal Theo, I think, would be Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake on "Two And A Half Men." Overgrown, obnoxious teenager with a bit of arrested development.

And the point of the whole "teenager" thing is to have the Pippin story start again as it ends, with another young man searching for a purpose.

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Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:00 am
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Very true. I think maybe a medium aged kid, like you said about the actor from Two and a Half Men.
I suppose though, if I am double casting the King/Berthe, might as well go all out cynicism and fun and ridiculous!


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Hmmm ... I don't know ... the cuteness factor of having a little boy who loses his duck introduces some genuine pathos, which makes a nice blend and contrast with the more "fantastic" and magical elements of the show.

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Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:03 am
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Are we talking like the Mordred in the Lincoln Center Camelot last year?

Ahhh. I'm not so much a fan. I don't really see how a sullen teenager would bring Pippin out of his funk.

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Maybe by being negative and sullen, he can out-gloom Pippin and make him give up?

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