By Matthew Blank
12 Mar 2012
The cast and creative team greeted the press with a March 9 photo op.
Recently-added cast members are Isaiah Johnson (The Merchant of Venice), Betsy Hogg (Fiddler on the Roof), Orville Mendoza (Pacific Overtures), Jason Ralph (All's Well That Ends Well) and John Sanders (Mamma Mia! national tour).
They join members of the original Off-Broadway cast, which includes "Smash" star Christian Borle (Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot) as Black Stache, Keenan-Bolger (Merrily We Roll Along, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, Bachelorette) as Molly, Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal, Rent) as Boy, as well as 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) and David Rossmer (Don't Quit Your Night Job).
Tony Award winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) penned the stage adaptation — based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson — which is co-directed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby). Peter and the Starcatcher will officially open on Broadway April 15.
Producers have also announced that all tickets purchased prior to the start of previews on March 28 – for performances through April 29 – will be available at $99 (orchestra/front mezzanine) and $59 (mezzanine).
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.
Disney Theatrical Productions commissioned the work, which is not billed as a musical, but features a handful of songs by Wayne Barker. Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes and Disney Theatrical Productions produce the Broadway engagement.
Peter and the Starcatcher opened to acclaim Off-Broadway March 9, 2011, and extended its run twice. NYTW is where the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent debuted prior to its Broadway bow in the early 1990's. The new Broadway musical Once, which begins performances Feb. 28, also premiered at NYTW this season.
Peter and the Starcatcher begn life at the La Jolla Playhouse as part of the company's Page To Stage Play Development program.
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 Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located at 256 West 47th Street. For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com.