By Adam Hetrick
27 Mar 2014
Starcatcher, which launched its U.S. tour in August 2013, was to play its final stop May 27-June 8 at Boston's Shubert Theatre. The engagement was later shortened to May 27-June 1. A statement from representatives for the production state that "scheduling problems" resulted in the cancellation of the Boston dates.
The Pittsburgh, PA, engagement, which is scheduled May 20-25, will be the final scheduled stop on the current U.S. tour of Starcatcher. It currently plays Palm Desert, CA (March 28-30); with remaining stops to follow in Chicago, IL (April 2-13); Charlotte, NC (April 29-May 4); and Baltimore, MD (May 6-18).
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher 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 2013.
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, "is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all 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 popular culture's most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is 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.