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1972 1981 2000 2013
LEADING PLAYER
Well, Pippin. I guess you finally realized what we knew from the beginning.

PIPPIN
What’s that?

CHARLES
That you’re search for perfection and fulfillment was doomed from the start.

PLAYER
Nothing ever turns out the way you think it’s going to.

PLAYER
It’s all flawed in one way or another…

PLAYER
Isn’t that true?

LEADING PLAYER
Nothing has been completely fulfilling now, has it, Pippin? Has it?

PIPPIN
No. I guess there is nothing.

LEADING PLAYER
Wait. Wait a minute. There is something.

PIPPIN
There is? What?

LEADING PLAYER
The only completely perfect act in our repertoire. The finale.

ALL
The finale!

PLAYER
Now?

LEADING PLAYER
Now.

ALL
Tada!

PIPPIN
That was the finale? But that was just a trick?

LEADING PLAYER
When he does it it’s just a trick. When you do it, it’ll be for real.

PIPPIN
When I do it? You mean you want me to get in that box and set myself on fire. Wait a minute.

LEADING PLAYER
You will step into that flame Pippin.

PLAYER
Become part of that flame.
Be engulfed by that flame.
Become flame itself.

LEADING PLAYER
And for one moment shine with unequalled brilliance.

CHARLES
And in that flame you’ll become a glorious synthesis of life and death…

BERTHE
…and life again…

LEADING PLAYER
Ladies and Gentleman! Presenting the Great Pippin, in our grand finale, never before seen on a public stage.

PIPPIN
Stop! Stop! Stop that! If this finale is so spectacular, why don’t one of you do it?

LEADING PLAYER
Look, we’re just ordinary run of the mill people. Just your everyday men and women who keep this world spinning. Hell, we’re nothing. But, you Pippin. You’re an extraordinary human being with aspirations and dreams.

PLAYER
You deserve an extraordinary climax!
An unparalleled finale
It’s everything you’ve been looking for
Your dreams!
Complete ultimate fulfillment!

CHARLES
Perfection like the sun blazing in the sky.

LEADING PLAYER
The sun at its zenith!

Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun

ALL
Now, Pippin. Come on, Pippin. It’s ready.

LEADING PLAYER
Now, Pippin. It’s time.

PIPPIN
Look, it’s just that, if this isn’t it, I’m going to have a pretty tough time trying something else.

PLAYER
Pippin, you show a certain lack of poise
Think of the radiance
Remember the beauty
Admiring glances
Thunderous applause
Think of the word of mouth

LEADING PLAYER
Think about your life, Pippin

ALL
Days are tame and nights the same

LEADING PLAYER
Now think about the beauty

ALL
In one perfect flame
And the angels of the morning
Are calling out your name

ALL
Pippin

LEADING PLAYER
Think about the

ALL
Sun

PLAYER
More lights perhaps?

LEADING PLAYER
You want more lights, you got ‘em! Let’s give this angel some light.

ALL
Think about your life, Pippin
Think about the dreams you planned
Think about the moment
That’s so close at hand
When the power and the glory
Are there at your command
Pippin
Think about your life

Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun

Think about your life, Pippin
Think about the dreams you planned
Think about the moment
That’s so close at hand
When the power and the glory
Are there at your command

When the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
Pippin, think about your life

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
Pippin… now, Pippin, now. Come on, Pippin.

PIPPIN
NO! Stop. Please don’t do that to me. Please.
I’m not a river or a giant bird
That soars to the sea
And if I’m never tied to anything
I’ll never be free

LEADING PLAYER
What the hell are you doing out here? Hey, where are you going, Pippin? Come on, stop this nonsense and get on with… The finale, Pippin. The finale.
PLAYERS
The finale, Pippin. The finale.

PLAYER
Coward!
Compromiser!

PLAYERS
Compromiser!

PIPPIN
I wanted magic shows and miracles
Mirages to touch
I wanted such a little thing from life
I wanted so much
I never came close, my love
We nearly came near
It never was there
I think it was here.

LEADING PLAYER
Alright. You’ll see what it’s like without us. Take away the sets. Everything out, move it. Colored lights, out. Take them out. Pinks and reds out. Well, that’s not too flattering now is it Pippin? Costumes. Get their costumes. Makeup. Let’s go. Get it off. And the wigs. Look around, Pippin. How do things look to you now?

PIPPIN
They showed me crimson, gold, and lavender, a shining parade.

LEADING PLAYER
A mole, Pippin. Look at the mole on her face. You’re going to spend the rest of your life with a woman with a mole on her face?

PIPPIN
But there’s no color I can have on earth that won’t finally fade

LEADING PLAYER
And the kid. He’ll whine 24 hours a day. oh give me this, give me that.

PIPPIN
When I wanted world to paint

LEADING PLAYER
This is the way you want to live? Is this what you want?

PIPPIN
And costumes to wear

LEADING PLAYER
No costumes, no makeup?

PIPPIN
I think it was here

LEADING PLAYER
No pink lights.

PIPPIN
Cause it never was there.

LEADING PLAYER
And no magic. Leading and gentleman. We apologize for the inability to bring you the finale that we promised. It seems that our extraordinary young man has elected to compromise his aspirations. But, I know that there are many of you out there, exceptional people who would gladly trade your ordinary lives for the opportunity to perform one perfect act. Our grand finale. Now, if you should decide to do so, we’ll there for you. Waiting. Anytime you want us, why, we’re right inside your heads and we promise you sets, costumes, lights, magic, and a short, but spectacular career. Alright. Let’s go! Out! Everybody out. Take out the rest of those lights. Orchestra, pack up your fiddles. Get your horns. Let’s go. Take your damn hands off that keyboard. You try singing without music, sweetheart.

PIPPIN
I wanted magic shows and miracles.
Mirages to touch.
I wanted such a little thing from life.
I wanted so much.

CATHERINE
Pippin? Do you feel that you’ve compromised?

PIPPIN
No.

CATHERINE
Do you feel like a coward?

PIPPIN
No.

CATHERINE
Well then, how do you feel?

PIPPIN
Trapped, but happy. Which isn’t too bad for the end of a musical comedy. Tada.

 

LEADING PLAYER
Well, Pippin. I guess you finally realized what we knew from the beginning.

PIPPIN
What’s that?

CHARLES
That you’re search for fulfillment and perfection was doomed from the start.

FASTRADA
Nothing ever turns out the way you think it’s going to.

PLAYER
It’s all flawed in one way or another…

PLAYER
Isn’t that true?

LEADING PLAYER
Nothing has been completely fulfilling now, has it, Pippin? Has it?

PIPPIN
No. I guess there is nothing.

LEADING PLAYER
Wait a minute. Wait. Wait a minute. There is something.

PIPPIN
There is something?

PLAYERS
Yes.

PIPPIN
What?

LEADING PLAYER
The only completely perfect act in our repertoire. The finale.

PLAYER
Now?

LEADING PLAYER
Now.

PIPPIN
That was the finale? That was just a trick?

LEADING PLAYER
Yeah. Yeah. When he does it it’s just a trick. When you do it, it’ll be for real.

PIPPIN
When I do it? You mean you want me to get in that box and set myself on fire. Wait a minute.

LEADING PLAYER
You will step into that flame Pippin.

PLAYER
Become part of that flame.
Be engulfed by that flame.
Become flame itself.

LEADING PLAYER
And for one moment shine with unequalled brilliance.

CHARLES
And in that flame you’ll become a glorious synthesis of life and death…

BERTHE
…and life again..

LEADING PLAYER
What… what a final affirmation of life…death! Ladies and Gentleman! Presenting the Great Pippin, in our grand finale, never before seen on a public stage.

PIPPIN
Wait a minute! If this finale is so spectacular, why doesn’t one of you try it.

LEADING PLAYER
Cute. Now, now that’s really cute. But we’re just ordinary run of the mill people. Just your everyday men and women who keep this world spinning. Hell, we’re nothing. You Pippin. You’re an extraordinary human being with aspirations and dreams.

PLAYER
You deserve an extraordinary climax!
An unparalleled finale
It’s everything you’ve been looking for
Your dreams!
Perfection!

CHARLES
Perfection like the sun blazing in the sky.

LEADING PLAYER
The sun at its zenith!

Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun

Pippin. Pippin? It’s time. Look. You’re not going to disappoint these people at $25 a seat now, are you?

PIPPIN
Well look, it’s just that, if this isn’t it, I’m going to have a pretty tough time trying something else.

LEADING PLAYER
Oh for Christ’s sake Pippin!

CHARLES
Pippin, You show a certain lack of poise

PLAYER
Think of the radiance
Remember the beauty
Admiring glances
Thunderous applause
The audience will love it

CHARLES
The word of mouth

LEADING PLAYER
Think about your life, Pippin

ALL
Days are tame and nights the same

LEADING PLAYER
Now think about the beauty

ALL
In one perfect flame
And the angels of the morning
Are calling out your name

ALL
Pippin

LEADING PLAYER
Think about the

ALL
Sun

BERTHE
More lights perhaps?

LEADING PLAYER
You want more lights? Let’s give this angel some light.

ALL
Think about your life, Pippin
Think about the dreams you planned
Think about the moment
That’s so close at hand
When the power and the glory
Are there at your command

Pippin
Think about your life

Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun

Think about your life, Pippin
Think about the dreams you planned
Think about the moment
That’s so close at hand
When the power and the glory
Are there at your command

When the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
Pippin, think about your life

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly

PIPPIN
NO!
I’m not a river or a giant bird
That soars to the sea
And if I’m never tied to anything
I’ll never be free

LEADING PLAYER
What the hell are you doing out here? Pippin. Pippin, where are you going? Pippin cut out that nonsense. The finale, Pippin. We promised these people a great finale.

PLAYER
Coward!
Compromiser!

PLAYERS
Compromiser!

LEADING PLAYER
I might have known you’d screw things up. You and that damn lovable kid of yours. Alright, alright. You’ll see what it’s like without us. Take away the sets. All the sets. Colored lights, out. Take them out, Phil. Now, now. That’s not too flattering now is it Pippin. Make up off. Costumes off. Get that makeup off her face now. How do things look to you now Pippin? Huh? Mole. She has a mole on her face. You’re going to spend the rest of your life with a woman with a mole on her face? This kid is gonna whine 24 hours a day. oh give me this, give me that. don’t do this to us! Is this what you want, baby? No, no costumes? No makeup? No, no colored lights? And no magic! (Beat.) Leading and gentleman. We apologize for the inability to bring you our grand finale. Yes, it seems that our extraordinary young man has elected to compromise his aspirations. Now, I know that there are many of you out there, extraordinary people, exceptional people who would gladly trade your ordinary lives for the opportunity to perform one perfect act. Our grand finale. Now, if you should decide to be there, we’ll there for you. Waiting. Anytime you want us, why, we’re right inside your heads and we promise you sets, costumes, magic, and a short, but spectacular career. okay. Okay. That’s it. Out, let’s go. Take out the rest of those lights. Barbara start packing up your horns, your guitars, and let’s give him a talking to. Take your damn hands off that keyboard. You try singing without music, sweetheart.

PIPPIN
I wanted magic shows and miracles
Mirages to touch
I wanted such a little thing from life
I wanted so much

CATHERINE
Pippin? Do you feel that you’ve compromised?

PIPPIN
No.

CATHERINE
Do you feel like a coward?

PIPPIN
No.

CATHERINE
Well then, how do you feel?

PIPPIN
Trapped. Which isn’t too bad for the end of a musical comedy. Tada.

LEADING PLAYER
Well, Pippin. I guess you finally realized what we knew from the beginning.

PIPPIN
What’s that?

FASTRADA
That you’re search for meaning and fulfillment was doomed from the start.

BERTHE
Nothing ever turns out the way you think it’s going to.

CHARLES
It’s all flawed in one way or another…

LEWIS
Isn’t that true?

LEADING PLAYER
Nothing has been completely fulfilling now, has it, Pippin? Has it?

ALL
Has it?
PIPPIN
No. I guess there is nothing.

LEADING PLAYER
Wait. Wait a minute. There is something.

PIPPIN
There is? What?

LEADING PLAYER
The only completely perfect act in our repertoire. The finale.

ALL
The finale!

PLAYER
Now?

LEADING PLAYER
Now.

ALL
Tada!

PIPPIN
That was the finale? But that was just a trick?

LEADING PLAYER
When he does it it’s just a trick. When you do it, it’ll be for real.

PIPPIN
When I do it? You mean you want me to… Wait a minute.

CHARLES
You will step into that flame Pippin.

LEADING PLAYER
Become part of that flame.

FASTRADA
Be engulfed by that flame.

LEWIS
Become flame itself.

LEADING PLAYER
And for one moment shine with unequalled brilliance.

CHARLES
And in that flame you’ll become a glorious synthesis of life and death…

BERTHE
…and life again…

LEADING PLAYER
Ladies and Gentleman! Presenting the Great Pippin, in our grand finale, justly famous throughout the civilized world.

PIPPIN
Stop! Stop! Stop that! Look, if this finale is so spectacular, why doesn’t one of you do it?

LEADING PLAYER
Look, we’re just ordinary run of the mill people. Just your everyday men and women who keep this world spinning. Hell, we’re nothing. But, you Pippin. You’re an extraordinary human being with aspirations and dreams.

PLAYER
You deserve an extraordinary climax!
An unparalleled finale

LEADING PLAYER
It’s everything you’ve been looking for

PLAYER
Profound meaning!
Complete ultimate fulfillment!
Perfection
Like the sun blazing in the sky.

LEADING PLAYER
The sun at its zenith!

Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun

ALL
Now, Pippin. Come on, Pippin. It’s ready.

LEADING PLAYER
Now, Pippin. It’s time.

PIPPIN
Look, it’s just that, if this isn’t it, I’m going to have a pretty tough time trying something else.

CHARLES
Pippin, you show a certain lack of poise

LEWIS
Think of the glory

BERTHE
Imagine the simple joy

FASTRADA
The feeling of power

PLAYER
The radiance
Like the glowing of morning.

CHARLES
Think of the word of mouth

LEADING PLAYER
Think about your life, Pippin

FASTRADA
Days are tame and nights the same

LEADING PLAYER
Now think about the beauty

LEADING PLAYER AND FASTRADA
In one perfect flame
And the angels of the morning
Are calling out your name

ALL
Pippin, Think about the Sun

PLAYER
More lights perhaps?

LEADING PLAYER
You want more lights, you got ‘em! Let’s give this angel some light.

ALL
Think about your life, Pippin
Think about the dreams you planned
Think about the moment
That’s so close at hand
When the power and the glory
Are there at your command
Pippin
Think about your life

Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun

Think about your life, Pippin
Think about the dreams you planned
Think about the moment
That’s so close at hand
When the power and the glory
Are there at your command

When the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
Pippin, think about your life

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
Pippin… now, Pippin, now. Come on, Pippin.

PIPPIN
I’m not a river or a giant bird
That soars to the sea
And if I’m never tied to anything
I’ll never be free

LEADING PLAYER
What the hell are you doing out here? Where are you going, Pippin? Come on, stop this nonsense and get on with… The finale, Pippin. The finale.
PLAYERS
The finale, Pippin. The finale.

PLAYER
Coward!
Compromiser!

PLAYERS
Compromiser!

PIPPIN
I wanted magic shows and miracles
Mirages to touch
I wanted such a little thing from life
I wanted so much
I never came close, my love
We nearly came near
It never was there
I think it was here.

LEADING PLAYER
Alright. You’ll see what it’s like without us. Take away the sets. Everything out, move it. Colored lights, out. Take them out. Pinks and reds out. Well, that’s not too flattering now is it Pippin? Costumes. Get their costumes. Makeup. Let’s go. Get it off. And the wigs. Look around, Pippin. How do things look to you now?

PIPPIN
They showed me crimson, gold, and lavender, a shining parade.

LEADING PLAYER
A mole, Pippin. Look at the mole on her face. You’re going to spend the rest of your life with a woman with a mole?

PIPPIN
But there’s no color I can have on earth that won’t finally fade

LEADING PLAYER
And the kid. Do you know how much he’s gonna cost you?

PIPPIN
When I wanted world to paint

LEADING PLAYER
This is the way you want to live? Is this what you want?

PIPPIN
And costumes to wear

LEADING PLAYER
No costumes, no makeup?

PIPPIN
I think it was here

LEADING PLAYER
No pink lights.

PIPPIN
Cause it never was there.

ALL
And no magic.

LEADING PLAYER
Leading and gentleman. We apologize for the inability to bring you the finale that we promised. It seems that our extraordinary young man has elected to compromise his aspirations. But, I know that there are many of you out there, extraordinary people, exceptional people who would gladly trade your ordinary lives for the opportunity to perform one perfect act. Our grand finale. Now, if you should decide to do so, we’ll there for you. Waiting. Anytime you want us, why, we’re right inside your heads and we promise you sets, costumes, lights, magic, and a short, but spectacular career.

ALL
You there, you look special. Join us. We’ll give you all you ever wanted.

LEADING PLAYER
Alright. Let’s go! Out! Everybody out. Out! Take out the rest of those lights. Orchestra, pack up your instruments. Get out. Let’s go. Take your damn hands off that keyboard. You try singing without music, sweetheart.

PIPPIN
I wanted magic shows and miracles.
Mirages to touch.
I wanted such a little thing from life.
I wanted so much.
I never came close my love
We nearly came near
It never was there
It always was here.

THEO
Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be
Where my spirit can run free
Gotta find my corner of the sky.

PLAYERS
Woo
Woo
Woo
Woo

We’ve got magic to do. Just for you
We’ve got miracle plays to play
We’ve got parts to perform…. Hearts to warm
Kings and things to take by storm
As we go along our way
We’ve got magic to do.

 

PIPPIN
Alright, what’s next? What do I try now? Hello? Where are you? Come one! You promised me there would be something. Something completely fulfilling! Well isn’t there? I still have to believe. I mean there has to be something.

LEADING PLAYER
There is something. And we’ve got it. The only completely perfect act in our repertoire: The Finale!

ALL
The finale! Tada!

PIPPIN
That’s it? That was the finale?

LEADING PLAYER
Oh, no. Pippin. That’s just the big build up. You’re the finale.

PIPPIN
Me?

PLAYER
Now?

LEADING PLAYER
Now. You will leap from the highest height into the hottest fire.

CHARLES
Become part of the fire, Pippin.

FASTRADA
Be engulfed by the fire.

LEWIS
Become flame itself.

LEADING PLAYER
And for one moment shine with unequalled brilliance.

CHARLES
And in that flame you’ll become a glorious synthesis of life and death…

BERTHE
…and life again…

PIPPIN
Whoa. Wait a minute. You mean you want me to… jump and burn in fire?

LEADING PLAYER
Pippin, you’re an extraordinary human being, with extraordinary aspirations and dream. You deserve an extraordinary climax.

PLAYERS
Like the sun blazing in the sky!

LEADING PLAYER
The sun at its zenith.
Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun
It is time, Pippin, for you to do something completely extraordinary.

LEWIS
Think how you’ll shine.

FASTRADA
Like the glowing of the morning.

CHARLES
You will burn in our memories forever.

ALL
Forever!

LEADING PLAYER
Think about your life, Pippin

LEWIS
Days are tame and nights the same

LEADING PLAYER
Now think about the beauty

LEADING PLAYER AND LEWIS
In one perfect flame
And the angels of the morning
Are calling out your name

ALL
Pippin, Think about the Sun

CHARLES
More lights perhaps?

LEADING PLAYER
You want more lights, you got ‘em! Let’s give this angel some light.

ALL
Think about the sun, Pippin
Think about her golden glance
How she lights the world up
Well, now it’s your chance
With the guardian of splendor
Inviting you to dance
Pippin
Think about the sun

Think about your life, Pippin
Think about the dreams you planned
Think about the moment
That’s so close at hand
When the power and the glory
Are there at your command

When the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
the power and the glory
Are there at your command
Pippin, think about your life

LEADING PLAYER
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the great Pippin in our grand finale! A climax you will remember for the rest of your lives!

ALL
Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly

PIPPIN
No, stop! Please don’t do that to me.
I’m not a river or a giant bird
That soars to the sea
And if I’m never tied to anything
I’ll never be free

LEADING PLAYER
What the hell are you doing out here? Stop this nonsense and get on with the finale, Pippin.

PLAYERS
The finale, Pippin. The finale.

PLAYER
Coward!
Compromiser!

PLAYERS
Compromiser!

PIPPIN
I wanted magic shows and miracles
Mirages to touch
I wanted such a little thing from life
I wanted so much
I never came close, my love
We nearly came near
It never was there
I think it was here.

LEADING PLAYER
Alright. You’ll see what it’s like without us. Take down the tent. I mean it! Take down the tent now! Let’s go! Strike the rig. Take out the rain curtains. Pull down the canvas. I want it out of here. Let’s go. Colored lights, out. Pinks and reds out. Well, that’s not too flattering now is it Pippin? Hey, costumes. Get their costumes. And the makeup. Get it off. And the wig. Well, Pippin. How do things look to you now?

PIPPIN
They showed me crimson, gold, and lavender, a shining parade.

LEADING PLAYER
A mole, Pippin. Look at the mole on her face. You’re going to spend the rest of your life with a woman with a mole?

PIPPIN
But there’s no color I can have on earth that won’t finally fade

LEADING PLAYER
And the kid. Do you know how much he’s gonna cost you?

PIPPIN
When I wanted world to paint

LEADING PLAYER
This is the way you want to live? This is what you want?

PIPPIN
And costumes to wear

LEADING PLAYER
No costumes, no makeup?

PIPPIN
It always was here

LEADING PLAYER
No colored lights.

PIPPIN
it never was there.

LEADING PLAYER
And no magic… Leading and gentleman. We apologize for the inability to bring you the finale that we promised. It seems that our extraordinary young man has elected to compromise his aspirations. But, I know that there are many of you out there, extraordinary people, exceptional people who would gladly trade your ordinary lives for the opportunity to perform one perfect act. Our grand finale. And we will always be there for you, anytime you want us. Why, we’re right inside your heads and we promise you sets, costumes, lights, magic!

ALL
Magic!

LEADING PLAYER
It’s over! Show’s over, everybody out. Let’s go. Everybody out. The show’s over! Everybody out! Get out of here! Take out the rest of the lights. Orchestra, pack up your instruments. Let’s go. Take your damn hands off that keyboard. You try singing without music, sweetheart.

PIPPIN
It never was there
No, it never was there
Never was there
It never was there
Never was there

THEO
Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be
Where my spirit can run free
Gotta find my corner of the sky.

PLAYERS
Woo
Woo
Woo
Woo
Woo
Woo
 


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