By Carey Purcell
14 May 2013
This talkback is the first Elice has done in the show's new location at New World Stages.
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher first premiered Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop March 9, 2011, where it extended its run twice. The entire Off-Broadway cast returned for the Broadway transfer that began March 28, 2012, and opened to acclaim April 15 at the Brooks Atkinson. It ended its Broadway run Jan. 20, 2013, after receiving nine Tony Award nominations and taking home honors for Best Costume Design (Paloma H. Young), Best Lighting Design (Jeff Croiter), Best Sound Design (Darron L. West), Best Scenic Design (Donyale Werle) and Best Featured Actor (Christian Borle).
Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) authored the stage adaptation that is co-directed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby). It features original Tony Award-nominated songs by Wayne Barker.
The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher includes Rick Holmes, Jason Ralph and Nicole Lowrance as the villanious Pirate Black Stashe, Boy and Molly. Returning Broadway cast members include Kevin Del Aguila as Smee, Matt D'Amico as Slank and Evan Harrington as Alf. New to the cast are Edward Baker-Duly as Lord Aster, Josh Grisetti as Fighting Prawn, Alex Hernandez as Captain Scott, Nate Miller as Ted, Andrew Mueller as Prentiss, Jon Patrick Walker as Mrs. Bumbrake, as well as Jordan Geiger, Joanna Howard and Graham Stevens.
The play, according to producers, takes audiences on "a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of one of popular culture's most enduring and beloved characters proves that an audience's imagination can be the most captivating place in the world."
Disney Theatrical Productions commissioned the work. Peter and the Starcatcher began life at the La Jolla Playhouse as part of the company's Page To Stage Play Development program.
A national tour will begin this August at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO.
More information can be found at peterandthestarcatcher.com.