More "Starstuff"! Peter and the Starcatcher Will Reopen Off-Broadway
By Michael Gioia
The Tony Award-winning play with music Peter and the Starcatcher will transfer to Off-Broadway's New World Stages following its acclaimed Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
The producers of Starcatcher confirmed Jan. 2 that Off-Broadway performances will begin this spring, although casting and official dates have not yet been announced. Broadway performances continue through Jan. 20.
The entire Tony Award-winning design team of Peter and the Starcatcher will design the New World Stages production.
"We have had an amazing run on Broadway, and audience demand continues to grow," said lead producer Nancy Nagel Gibbs in a statement. "In fact, last week we had our highest grossing week ever. Our transfer to New World Stages allows the 'little show that could' to continue to inspire and enchant even more audiences."
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 Betsy Hogg (Fiddler on the Roof) 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), Evan Harrington (Avenue Q), Eric Petersen (Shrek the Musical), Emily Walton, 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.
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