Who knew? Sometime during the 8th century, between bouts of famine, scurvy and smallpox, dynastic conflict and bloody religious war, the Franks invented "jazz hands." And when they weren't hacking away with broadswords, or hacking up a lung, they took time to create bouncy, light pop. It's amazing what one can learn from musical theater, and Theatre Three is bringing Dallas a lesson in Carolingian history with its revival of the landmark musical Pippin, the story-within-a-story telling of the life of Charlemagne's son and his journey through war, intrigue, politics and love to find what really matters in life. (Access to soap and fresh produce, we're guessing.) Ben Vereen won a Tony Award for his role in the 1972 original, directed by Bob Fosse. (Jazz hands!) Theatre Three's production is directed by Bruce R. Coleman, (Best of Dallas hands!) and the show continues through July 2 with a special $10 "hooky" performance at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. For more showtimes and to reserve tickets, call 214-871-3300 or visit theatre3dallas.com. Theatre Three is located at 2800 Routh St., Suite 168.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: June 2. Continues through July 3, 2011