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Theater review: 'Pippin,' Broadway touring show

Theater review: 'Pippin,' Broadway touring show

Maybe it says something about our culture that some 40 years after its Broadway debut, "Pippin" sounds so much angrier and louder. The current revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical took home four 2013 Tony Awards, including one for director Diane Paulus who re-envisioned the coming-of-age tale with a circus motif. With the circus comes spectacle, and this "Pippin" is a doozy: Aerial-silk artists, hand balancers, fire jugglers, tumblers and contortionists work the stage. When the actors sing, "We've got magic for you," they mean it. Levitation and a talking disembodied head are among the tricks. But amid the razzle dazzle, does the message of...