Hooked Again: Schoeffler Returns to Villain Role in Peter Pan, This Time in Philly

News   Hooked Again: Schoeffler Returns to Villain Role in Peter Pan, This Time in Philly
The Walnut Street Theatre's new production of the musical Peter Pan will feature Cary Michele Miller as the boy who wouldn't grow up and Broadway's Paul Schoeffler — who was the pirate villain opposite Cathy Rigby's Pan on tour and on Broadway — Nov. 6-Jan. 6, 2008.
Paul Schoeffler
Paul Schoeffler

The new Philadelphia production of the J.M. Barrie classic, which has songs by Moose Charlap and Carolyn Leigh, and Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne, will be directed and choreographed by Marc Robin. Opening is Nov. 14.

Schoeffler opened the Walnut season as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. His Captain Hook was also captured on the A&E Network's presentation of Peter Pan (also starring Cathy Rigby). The DVD of the Rigby performance has been a hot seller over the past decade. Schoeffler also appeared in the world premiere of The Glorious Ones by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and was the rich-voiced Vittorio in the recent Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.

Miller played Carrie in the Walnut Street production of Carousel.

The musical fantasy about three London siblings whisked off to Neverland, Peter Pan is based on James M. Barrie's 1904 stage play of the same name. The musical version premiered on Broadway in 1954 with a cast that included Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Richard as Hook.

The Philly cast includes Joey Abramowicz, Jeffrey Coon, Michael Daly, Nina Fluke, William Hartery, Colleen Hazlett, Danielle Herbert, Ryan Jackson, Ron Nahass, Katie O'Shaughnessey, Rodney Pallanck, Buddy Reeder, Peyton Royal, Lisa Rumbauskas and Peter Schmitz. The Walnut cast of young actors is made up entirely of local children. The Darling children include Kristen Paulicelli as Wendy and Griffin Back as John. Double cast in the role of Michael Darling are Conor O'Brien and Dante Mignucci. The ten Lost Boys (who will perform in two groups of five during the course of each week) include Hasani Allen, Brandon O'Rourke, Matt Bedenko, Joey Del Ferro, Isaiah Ellis, John Fisher, Kyle McClellan, Sam Krivda, Thomas McDonald and Danny Rapuano.

The "aerial magic" will be handled by Flying By Foy, the same company that has been responsible for many revivals of Peter Pan over the years.

The creative team includes musical director Douglass G. Lutz, set designer Robert Kovach, lighting designer Paul Black, costume designer Colleen Grady and sound designer Ryk Lewis.

For more information visit www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org.

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