Celia Keenan-Bolger Departs Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher

By Adam Hetrick
December 31, 2012

Two-time Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger played her final performance as Molly in the Tony Award-winning play with music Peter and the Starcatcher Dec. 30. Betsy Hogg will step into the role for the remainder of the Broadway run, which continues through Jan. 20, 2013, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.



Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee, Merrily We Roll Along) originated the role of Molly, the starcatcher referenced in the title, when the acclaimed play premiered Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011. She earned her second Tony Award nomination when Starcatcher transferred to Broadway last spring. She departs the production to begin rehearsals for the American Repertory Theater production of The Glass Menagerie, staged by Tony winner John Tiffany (Once, Black Watch), which begins performances Feb. 2, 2013, in Cambridge, MA.

Hogg, who understudied the role of Molly, has also appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof and The Crucible.

A mix of theatrical storytelling, language and stagecraft, Peter and the Starcatcher is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Tony Award nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) authored the stage adaptation that uses 12 actors to recount the tale of adventure.

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 returned for the Broadway transfer, which began previews March 28, 2012, and officially opened April 15, 2012, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

A national tour will launch in August 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO.

The production 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.

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."

Peter and the Starcatcher features Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Merrily We Roll Along, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, Bachelorette) as Molly, Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal, Rent) as Peter, Matthew Saldivar (A Streetcar Named Desire, Grease, The Wedding Singer) as Black Stache, as well as 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 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 direction by Marco Paguia.

Peter and the Starcatcher is produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber, Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affannato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale and New York Theatre Workshop.

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. 

Visit peterandthestarcatcher.com.