Alex Timbers and Roger Rees co-directed the fantastical new show written by Jersey Boys' Tony Award-nominated co-writer Rick Elice. The new play with music explains the origin of J.M. Barrie's boy hero of Neverland — before his adventures with Wendy Darling and her brothers.
The work previously surfaced in February 2009 as part of La Jolla's Page to Stage workshop program, which makes performances open to the public but not subject to review by critics. Broadway's Carson Elrod, Christian Borle and Celia Keenan-Bolger — and newcomer Adam Green as Peter Pan — were the troupers in California. Choreography was by Kelly Devine; music was by Wayne Barker, with lyrics by Elice.
Variety reported that NYTW, the birthplace of the smash-hit musical Rent, could premiere Peter and the Starcatchers in 2011. No official announcement has been made.
Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatchers, according to earlier La Jolla notes, "dares to tell the real story of precisely how a desperate orphan in Victorian England became The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. It's a tale that travels halfway round the world and straight up to the stars. It's a comedy that takes aim at social injustice. It's a romance of young heroes who risk everything for the sake of doing right. It's an exposé of extravagant villains possessed of a single-minded ferocity from which no good shall ever spring. In short, it's an awfully big adventure."
Peter and the Starcatchers was presented by La Jolla Playhouse by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, and that is likely to continue with the potential NYTW life. Playwright Elice co-wrote Jersey Boys with Marshall Brickman. Elice and Brickman also wrote Turn of the Century, directed by Tommy Tune (aiming for Broadway), and The Addams Family (now in Broadway previews).