The fantasy play — inspired by characters created by J.M. Barrie — is written by 2006 Tony Award-nominated librettist Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. It will play NYTW's East Village home starting Feb. 18, 2011, for a run to April 3. Opening night is March 9 at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale Dec. 10.
The play is based on the best-selling novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," by Barry and Pearson. In the play, according to NYTW, "A company of 12 actors plays some 50 characters — all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter become The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up?"
The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher will also include 2007 Tony nominee Christian Borle (Angels in America, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Mary Poppins) as Black Stache and 2005 Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, Bachelorette) as Molly; with Teddy Bergman (Hell House) as Fighting Prawn; Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps, Amadeus) as Mrs. Bumbrake; Matt D'Amico (Fizz) as Slank and Hawking Clam; Brandon Dirden (Enron, Edgewise) as Captain Scott; Carson Elrod (Reckless, Wedding Crashers) as Prentiss; Kevin Del Aguila (book writer of Altar Boyz) as Smee; Greg Hildreth (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Alf; Karl Kenzler (Mary Poppins, Twelve Angry Men) as Lord Aster; and David Rossmer (Fiddler on the Roof, Don't Quit Your Night Job) as Ted.
Peter and the Starcatcher features music by Wayne Barker; movement by Steven Hoggett (American Idiot); and music direction by Marco Paguia. The creative team also includes set designer Donyale Werle; costume designer Paloma Young; lighting designer Jeff Croiter; and sound designer Darron L West. Elice is co-writer of the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys and The Addams Family. Actor-director-writer Rees won a Tony for his performance in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and starred on TV's "Cheers." Obie Award-winning director Alex Timbers is the founder and artistic director of Les Freres Corbusier, and is the Drama Desk Award-winning writer-director the Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and director of Broadway's The Pee-Wee Herman Show.
NYTW, widely known for having launched the musical Rent, is run by artistic director James C. Nicola and managing director William Russo.
Peter and the Starcatcher will play NYTW at 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery, Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. There will be a special matinee on Wednesday, March 23 at 2 PM.
Tickets are $70 and may be purchased online at www.ticketcentral.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. For exact dates and times of performance, and for more information, visit www.nytw.org. *
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NYTW also has $20 student tickets available for all performances. Student tickets may be purchased in advance from the NYTW box office with valid student identification.
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