Expect tricks, lights and confetti at the “Pippin 50th Anniversary Concert” playing at the legendary Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This star-studded event celebrates the unforgettable score and quirky story of Stephen Schwartz's “Pippin,” skilfully accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. 

With timeless songs like “Corner of the Sky” and “Magic to Do,” the audience follows Pippin's soul-searching journey to find himself and his purpose in life. In the end, Pippin discovers that happiness lies not in the extraordinary but in the everyday. 

Featuring Tony Award winner Alex Newell alongside West End legends like Jac Yarrow, Zizi Strallen, Patricia Hodge, and Lucie Jones, the concert is a true masterclass in musical theatre. The cast has tangible chemistry and delivers well-timed comedic performances with exceptional vocals. 

Each star has plenty of opportunity to shine. Jac Yarrow's Pippin charms with buttery vocals and effortless charisma, while Zizi Strallen as the seductive and flexible Fastrada, and Lucie Jones as an endearingly ditzy Catherine, add glamour and humour. Patricia Hodge brings the house down with a hilarious singalong rendition of “No Time At All.” But it's Alex Newell's standout performance as the Leading Player that carries the show, as they sparkle with unmatched vocals and impeccable comedic timing. 

Other scene stealers to mention are the members of the impressive orchestra and ArtsEd Choir. Positioned proudly on the stage, they create a spectacular set and produce a powerful sound. The supporting Players also deserve a mention for brilliantly executing iconic Fosse-style choreography by Joanna Goodwin, despite a lack of space. 

While there were occasional technical hiccups and microphone issues, the cast's professionalism never faltered, maintaining the performance's high energy and pace. After a surprisingly chilling finale, the audience erupted in a standing ovation. If you're lucky enough to see this glittering, tongue-in-cheek performance, you'll leave the theatre elated and covered in confetti. 


Review by Grace Proctor.   Photo: Pamela Raith