Anyone who has ever read or seen the tale of "Wendy" and her brothers on their exciting adventures in Neverland probably had many questions about the puckish Peter Pan. Tony Award winner Roger Rees and Alex Timbers have brought Rick Elice's play to the Broadway stage with the help of some not-so-"lost boys" and gals.
Peter and the Starcatcher is a play with music, as opposed to being a true musical theatre piece. This show is an innovative and imaginative take on The New York Times' best selling Disney-Hyperion novel of the same name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
In the stage production, a cast of twelve actors collectively portrays more than a hundred characters -- some familiar to audiences, some new -- on an unforgettable journey to answer the century-old question: just how did "Peter Pan" become "The Boy Who Never Grew Up?" This original take on a familiar fable will shine new light on one of the most popular and enigmatic characters in childhood literature.
The Addams Family and Jersey Boys scribe and Tony Award-nominated playright Rick Elice wrote Peter and the Starcatcher. The show is directed by Tony Award-winning Best Actor Roger Rees of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and The Addams Family, and Tony nominee Alex Timbers of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Pee-wee Herman Show.
The Broadway cast of Peter and the Starcatcher includes Christian Borle as "Black Stache," who can be seen weekly in Steven Spielberg's television hit show, “Smash,” on NBC. Borle was nominated for a Best Featured Actor Tony for his work in the original production of Legally Blonde the Musical.
Adam Chanler-Berat of Next to Normal appears as ‘Boy’ and Celia Keenan-Bolger of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as ‘Molly’. They are joined on stage by Teddy Bergman (Seven Minutes in Heaven), Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps), Matt D’Amico (Fizz), Kevin Del Aguila (Jacques Brel...), Carson Elrod (Reckless), Greg Hildreth (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Rick Holmes (Spamalot), Isaiah Johnson (The Merchant of Venice), David Rossmer (Don’t Quit Your Night Job), Betsy Hogg (Fiddler on the Roof), Orville Mendoza (Pacific Overtures), Jason Ralph, and John Sanders (Mamma Mia! National Tour).
The creative team includes composer Wayne Barker, with Movement by Steven Hoggett of this season's Once the Musical and the acclaimed American Idiot. Music Direction is by Marco Paguia, Scenic Design by Tony nominee Donyale Werle, Costume Design by Drama Desk nominee Paloma Young, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter, and Sound Design by Darron L. West.
Peter and the Starcatcher began Preview performances for its original Broadway production on March 28, 2012, with an official Opening Night set for April 15, 2012. The show plays at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre located at 256 West 47 Street.
The performance schedule for Peter and the Starcatcher from March 28 through April 16 is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Beginning April 17, 2012, curtain times are Monday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday matinee at 2:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. and evening at 8:00 p.m., with no show on Sundays.
Jumping on the lottery rush bandwagon, the producers of the show announced a general ticket lottery for Peter and the Starcatcher that is open to the public and will take place outside the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning two hours before each performance. Theatre patrons can enter their names into the lottery, with an official drawing 90 minutes before the curtain goes up. Each winner may purchase up to two tickets at a price of $27 each, paid in cash.
The original Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher is produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber/Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affanato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale, and New York Theatre Workshop.
For more information on Peter and the Starcatcher or to get tickets, visit the show's website.