A five-day visit to New York. Six shows, half good and half not-so. Three museums. Some of this is utterly evanescent; some will come to Chicago if you're patient; but some of it requires you to jump on a plane and go. Herewith a guide to your trip.
What to see:
Pippin at the Music Box. There are plenty of people whose first response to the revival of Pippin was, "Oh, I hate that show!" but I've always loved it. (No one is neutral.) The Broadway revival, faced with the challenge of eradicating otherwise ineradicable memories of Ben Vereen doing Bob Fosse's dances, makes two major changes to the original: Vereen's role is played by a woman (the excellent Patina Miller), and much of Fosse's athletic choreography gives way to actual acrobatics created by circus artist Gypsy Snider, including tumbling, trapeze, contortionism and human pyramids. This makes wonderful thematic sense, as the titular character spends the entire show seeking thrills. With superb performances by all concerned (a special nod to almost-certain-Tony-winner Andrea Martin as Pippin's remarkably nimble grandmother), director Diana Paulus's production should satisfy novices and Pippin cultists alike. Most likely it will play on Broadway until we're all as old as Granny, but the producers have just announced that it will begin a national to