By Adam Hetrick
17 Jun 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher traces the origins of the Peter Pan story. Ir 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 Theatre. It ended its Broadway run Jan. 20, 2013. The production transferred to an open-ended Off-Broadway run at New World Stages in March.
Tony Award nominee Rick 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 national tour launches in August at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO.
The current tour itinerary follows:
Denver, CO (Aug. 15-Sept. 1 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House)
Dallas, TX (Sept. 17-29 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center)
Houston, TX (Oct. 15-20 at the Hobby Center)
San Antonio, TX (Oct. 22-27 at the Majestic Theatre)
Seattle, WA (Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at the Moore Theatre)
San Francisco, CA (Nov. 5-Dec. 1 at the Curran Theatre)
Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 3, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014 at the Ahmanson Theatre)
Tempe, AZ (Jan. 14-19, 2014 at the Gammage Auditorium)
East Lansing, MI (Jan. 22-26, 2014 at the Wharton Center)
Washington, DC (Jan. 28-Feb.16, 2014 at the Kennedy Center)
Hartford, CT (Feb. 18-23, 2014 at the Busnhell)
Providence, RI (Feb. 25-March 2, 2014 at the Providence PAC)
Utica, NY (March 4-5 at the Stanley Theatre)
St. Louis, MO (March 7-9 at the Peabody Opera House)
Minneapolis, MN (March 11-16, 2014 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Palm Desert, CA (March 28-30, 2014 at the McCallum Theatre)
Chicago, IL (April 2-13, 2014 at the Bank of America Theatre)
Charlotte, NC (April 29-May 4, 2014 at the Knight Theater)
Baltimore, MD (May 6-18, 2014 at the Hippodrome Theatre)
Pittsburgh, PA (May 20-25 at Heinz Hall)
Starcatcher received nine Tony Award nominations, and took 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).
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."
Steven Hoggett (American Idiot, Black Watch, Once) created the movement for the production, which has set design by Tony Award winner Donyale Werle, costume design by Tony Award winner Paloma Young, lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter, sound design by Tony Award winner Darron L West and musical supervision by Marco Paguia.
Peter and the Starcatcher is produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes and Disney Theatrical Productions.
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.