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I'm not super familiar with Pippin and I haven't really done my homework #-o on past productions, so I was wondering if a female has ever been cast as the Lead Player in a professional production of the show.

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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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Okay. Thanks!! I just wanted to know 'cause a school production casted a girl as the leading player, and I think it did add that sexy element you were talking about.

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Brother Marvin Hinten, S. wrote:
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.


Wow, I never looked at it that way! I always thought it was something done when the theatre couldn't get a good enough male singer, but that is really an ingenious reason for it!

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