Peter and the Starcatcher Will Fly to Broadway in 2012

By Adam Hetrick
19 Oct 2011

Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle in the Off-Broadway production
Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle in the Off-Broadway production
Photo by Joan Marcus

Peter and the Starcatcher, the imaginative stage adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's prequel to the tale of Peter Pan, which was seen Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop last spring, will crow on Broadway in spring 2012.

Tony Award nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) penned the stage adaptation — based on the novel by Barry and Pearson — which was staged by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby).

Timbers previously told Playbill.com that the creators had been in talks with producers to bring the theatrically rich production uptown to Broadway. Nancy Nagel Gibbs and Greg Schaffert will produce the Broadway run. A theatre has not been announced.

Peter and the Starcatcher uses inventive staging, a company of 12 actors and the imagination of the audience to conjure the world of Neverland and explore how a young orphan ultimately became Peter Pan.



The entire creative team from the NYTW engagement will repeat their work for Broadway. Casting has not been announced.

"I couldn't be happier that this production Rick, Roger, and I have been developing for more than five years now is taking the final step to Broadway," Timbers told Playbill.com. "From workshops in Williamstown to productions in La Jolla and on East Fourth Street, it's been moving to see how much audiences have been delighted by this play and it's thrilling to get to bring it to the widest possible audience."

The production opened to acclaim Off-Broadway March 9 and extended its run twice. NYTW is also where the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent debuted prior to its Broadway bow.

Disney Theatrical Productions commissioned the work, which is not billed as a musical, but features a handful of songs by Wayne Barker. Steven Hoggett (American Idiot, Black Watch, Once) created the movement for the production, which has set design by Bloody Bloody Tony nominee Donyale Werle, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Darron L West and musical direction by Marco Paguia.

The Off-Broadway cast included Tony nominee Christian Borle (Angels in America, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Mary Poppins) as Black Stache, 2005 Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, Bachelorette) as Molly; Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) as Peter; 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.