By Adam Hetrick
28 Mar 2012
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Peter and the Starcatcher opened to critical acclaim Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop March 9, 2011, where it extended its run twice. The entire Off-Broadway cast returns for the Broadway transfer.
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. The production 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.
"I've always thought of this play as a celebration of what it means to be a theatre person, a theatre lover and a theatre watcher," Chanler-Berat told Playbill.com. Co-director Rees added, "The first time Peter Pan was visible to us was in 1904 when he alighted on the windowsill in Wendy Darling's bedroom. This play talks about where Peter Pan came from before that."
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"His upbringing is a lot more brutal than I think people may have imagined," Chanler-Berat continued. "The word orphan is thrown around a lot in text, and [here] we see what that means, and the power he gets in becoming the boy who wouldn't grow up, in falling in love, and finally learning that things are only worth what you're willing to give up for them."
Completing the cast are 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), David Rossmer (Don't Quit Your Night Job), Betsy Hogg (Fiddler on the Roof), Orville Mendoza (Pacific Overtures), Jason Ralph (All's Well That Ends Well) and John Sanders (Mamma Mia!).
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.
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 and Tom Smedes produce the Broadway engagement.
Peter and the Starcatcher began life at the La Jolla Playhouse as part of the company's Page To Stage Play Development program.
The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located at 256 West 47th Street. For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com.
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