The high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical PIPPIN is coming to Australia, opening at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star for an exclusive season from 24 November 2020. 

The role of the young and confused protagonist Pippin will be played by Ainsley Melham,  who performed the title role in Aladdin on Broadway and across Australia. The charming and manipulative Leading Player, the ultimate ringmaster of the show, will be Gabrielle McClinton, who played the role on Broadway and beyond. Returning to the stage after an extraordinary award-winning career on television is Kerri-Anne Kennerley who will play Berthe, Pippin’s saucy grandmother. 

Simon Burke (Les Misérables, La Cage Aux Folles in London’s West End) will play Charles,  Pippin’s demanding father, while Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  Beautiful) will be playing Catherine, a widow and mother who falls in love with Pippin. In the  role of Pippin’s conniving stepmother Fastrada will be Leslie Bell (Broadway’s Chicago and  Ragtime), with Euan Doidge (Les Misérables, Kinky Boots) playing the role of her son Lewis,  Pippin’s half-brother.  

The young actors who will play the role of Theo, Catherine’s son, are Andy Alexander (11  years old, from Lilyfield), George Holahan-Cantwell (12, Erskineville), William Wheeler (12,  Rodd Point) and Ryan Yeates (15, Canada Bay). 

Also in the cast as Players and Swings are Danik Abishev, Olivia Carniato, Angelique  Cassimatis, Bayley Edmends, Joel Granger, Chaska Halliday, Matt Jenson, Zoe MarshallHarley McLeish, William Meager, Joe Meldrum, Amy Nightingale-Olsen, Thomas RemailiGretel Scarlett, Suzanne Steele, Andrew Sumner and Jessica Ward

“We’re with our sensational cast who will bring this exhilarating musical to life and open up  Sydney musical theatre again. The Gordon Frost Organisation has always had the capacity to assemble high calibre casts during its 40 year history of productions, and PIPPIN is no different” said producer John Frost. “This astonishing new production of PIPPIN was the  most nominated Broadway show of the year, and has gone on to thrill audiences across the globe. Now it’s Australia’s turn to enjoy the magic of PIPPIN with this incredible cast led by  Ainsley Melham, Gabrielle McClinton, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Simon Burke and Leslie Bell who are all making their GFO debut. It’s wonderful also to welcome back Lucy Maunder and  Euan Doidge to the GFO family.”

This unforgettable new production is the winner of four Tony Awards® including Best  Musical Revival, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Featured  Actress in a Musical. Hailed by the New York Times as “Astonishing. A PIPPIN for the 21st  century. Dazzling and awe-inspiring”, it’s unlike anything you have ever seen before!  

With a beloved score by Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell),  PIPPIN tells the story of a young man at a crossroads in his life. Does he follow in the  footsteps of his father, one of the most powerful men in the land? Or does he strike out on  his own, to find his own ‘corner of the sky’? PIPPIN is a play within a play. The story is told  by a travelling troupe of actors and acrobats (called ‘Players’), directed by the mysterious  Leading Player. Like a vaudeville act, the Players both act out the roles of the story and  speak directly to the audience. 

The new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair, The  Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). It features sizzling choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet  Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy  Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7  Fingers).

PIPPIN features many Broadway standards including Corner of the Sky, Magic To  Do, Glory, No Time at All, Morning Glow and Love Song

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN features music supervision by Ryan Cantwell, arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award® winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award® winner Scott Pask,  costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Kenneth  Posner, sound design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm. PIPPIN is produced in Australia by  John Frost and Suzanne Jones in association with Barry and Fran Weissler, and Howard and Janet Kagan.

PIPPIN was first performed at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard  University, and is produced in Australia by John Frost, Suzanne Jones, Foundation Theatres  and The Star. 

The Tony Award®-winning hit musical PIPPIN is full of extraordinary acrobatics,  wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked. Join us … for this magical, unforgettable production! 


Social media: @PippinAustralia 

Hashtag: #PippinAU 


Venue Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star 

Season From 24 November 2020 

Performance Times Tues 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm Prices: From $69.90 (Transaction fees apply) 

Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100 


We know things can change, so in the event that patrons can no longer attend the performance of PIPPIN on their chosen date, processes have been implemented to provide a stress free exchange experience. Tickets can be easily exchanged up to 72 hours before your scheduled performance date, simply by emailing the request to  Customer.service@ticketmaster.com.au. 


During the season of PIPPIN, the Sydney Lyric will operate in accordance with its Covid Safe  Plan with the goal of ensuring that each patron’s experience at the theatre is made as safe  as reasonably possible. The Covid Safe Plan applicable when performances occur will be made available on the theatre’s website. 

Featured image : The cast of ‘Pippin’. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum.