Steve Rosen Joins Cast of Peter and the Starcatcher Off-Broadway July 8

By Adam Hetrick
08 Jul 2013

Steve Rosen
Steve Rosen
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Steve Rosen joins the Off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher, the Tony Award-winning play with music that traces the origins of the Peter Pan story, July 8 at New World Stages.

The imaginative work, which originally dawned at the New York Theatre Workshop, transferred to New World Stages March 18 for a new Off-Broadway run. Rosen, who takes over the role of Smee for a limited engagement, appeared in the original Off-Broadway production.

Kevin Del Aguila, who normally plays Smee, is on hiatus from Starcatcher to appear in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Love's Labor's Lost. He will return to Starcatcher on Aug. 26.

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 Theatre. It ended its Broadway run Jan. 20, 2013. The new Off-Broadway transfer is open-ended.



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 cast also feastures Rick Holmes (Black Stache), Nicole Lowrance (Molly), Jason Ralph (Boy), Edward Baker-Duly (Lord Aster), Matt D’Amico (Slank), Evan Harrington (Alf), Josh Grisetti (Fighting Prawn), Alex Hernandez (Captain Scott), Nate Miller (Ted), Andrew Mueller (Prentiss), Jon Patrick Walker (Mrs. Bumbrake), Jordan Geiger, Joanna Howard, José Restrepo and Graham Stevens.

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. Greg Anthony is musical director.

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. 

A national tour will begin this August at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO.

Visit peterandthestarcatcher.com.