The Transport Group's benefit concert celebrating the classic 1954 musical Peter Pan is presented August 15 at 8 PM at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street in New York. Charles Busch hosts.
The starry evening boasts the talents of Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I, Here Lies Love), Tony nominee Mary Testa (First Daughter Suite, Xanadu), Karli Dinardo, Kelly Berman, Jace Coronado, William Dehorney, Kelly Felthous, Jon Drake, Lindsey Hailes, Becky Grace Kalman, Taylor Markarian, Jake Weinstein, three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland), Drama Desk nominee Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Hannah Elless (Bright Star), Ann Harada (Cinderella), three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (Hand to God), Tony nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Paul Slade Smith (Finding Neverland), Drama Desk nominee Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Betsy Morgan (First Daughter Suite), Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), D.C. Anderson (Queen of the Mist), OBIE winner David Greenspan (The Patsy, The Royal Family), Ivory McKay, Doug Shapiro (Once Upon a Mattress), Tim Dolan (Altar Boyz), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia) and Richard Costa (Once Upon a Mattress).
The Darling children are played by Zoe Willson (Three Days to See) as Wendy, Ashton Woerz (Pippin) as John and Jeremy T. Villas (Kinky Boots) as Michael. The Lost Boys feature cast members of Matilda, including Gavin Swartz, Ian Seraceni, Noah Baird, Meliki Hurd, Cole Edelstein and Evan Gray.
Joey Chancey conducts a 22-piece orchestra, featuring orchestrations from the original production. Transport Group artistic director Jack Cummings III directs. The evening also features a song cut from the original score, orchestrated by Michael Starobin (Queen of the Mist, Sunday in the Park with George), and choreography by Jeffry Denman (Passion).
Based on the J.M. Barrie play, Peter Pan has music by Morris Charlap and Jule Styne, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It features such songs as “I'm Flying,” “I've Gotta Crow,” “I Won't Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”
Peter Pan originally opened October 20, 1954, at the Winter Garden Theatre. Both Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, who starred as Peter and Captain Hook, respectively, earned Tony Awards for their performances. The musical gained popularity nationwide thanks to television broadcasts with the original stars in 1955, 1956 and 1960, which also featured Martin in the title role. The 1955 premiere broadcast of Peter Pan was watched by 65 million viewers, the highest rating for a single-night program at the time. The 1960 broadcast marked the first time a musical was broadcast in color on television. NBC presented a live broadcast of the musical in 2014.
Transport Group previously presented one-night concerts of Baby, Once Upon a Mattress and The Music Man.
Tickets, which start at $59, may be purchased by visiting Ticketcentral.com.
(Updated August 15, 2016)