What a Difference a Rave Makes: Starcatcher Gets Two-Week Extension

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14 Mar 2011

Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle
Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle
Photo by Joan Marcus

Peter and the Starcatcher, one of the best-reviewed productions in the history of Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop, will get a two-week extension, to April 17.

Popular demand is prompting the extension. A money review in the New York Times followed the March 9 opening of the small-cast, actor-driven play about the origin of Peter Pan. The show has set a record for the highest grossing day in NYTW history.

Peter and the Starcatcher — written by Rick Elice, directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers — is based on the novel "Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Previews began Feb. 18.

According to NYTW, "A company of twelve actors plays some 50 characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter become The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up?"

Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan Bolger plays Molly, who — spoiler alert! — would grow to be the mother of Wendy Darling; Tony nominee Christian Borle plays Black Stache, who becomes Captain Hook; and Adam Chanler Berat plays Peter.



This non-musical project was commissioned by Disney Theatrical Productions. Given the rave reviews, it's not a stretch to speculate that the show might have a future commercial life in an intimate New York City theatre. No such announcement has been made. An article in Variety indicated that the property is being groomed for stock and amateur licensing.

Peter and the Starcatcher plays at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery. The regular performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. There will be a special matinee on Wednesday, March 23 at 2 PM. Tickets are $70 and may be purchased online at www.ticketcentral.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200.

For more information, visit www.nytw.org.