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From Boston street performer to Broadway debut in ‘Pippin’

Orion Griffiths, a longtime Boston street performer, is one of seven acrobats in the revival of “Pippin.”
Orion Griffiths, a longtime Boston street performer, is one of seven acrobats in the revival of “Pippin.”Jennifer Taylor for the Boston Globe

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It was a chilly night on Broadway when Orion Venture Maximillian Fitz Griffiths emerged from a stage door, shuffled past fans, and began his nightly walk to his temporary flat.

He wore a T-shirt, no jacket, but the cold didn’t bother him. It’s no wonder. For his Broadway debut in the musical “Pippin,” Griffiths wears a skimpy vest and shorts that could make a Chippendales dancer blush.

A Broadway wardrobe is not the only first for Griffiths, a longtime Boston street performer and circus acrobat. At 25, he’s finally got a bank account and a place to stay that isn’t on wheels. “Pippin,” which originated this season at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, earned an impressive 10 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday.

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