Back in 2012, when Peter and the Starcatcher had just opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, co-star Greg Hildreth took Playbill readers on a tour of life in the hit show, from morning rituals to between-show errands and backstage practices of self-improvement.
A feat of theatrical storytelling, language and stagecraft, Peter and the Starcatcher is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Tony Award winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) authored the stage adaptation, which used 12 actors to recount the tale of adventure. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, it ultimately won five, including one for Christian Borle.
A Day at Peter and the Starcatcher With Greg Hildreth
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 returns for the Broadway transfer, which began previews March 28.
Christian Borle (Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot) took home a Tony Award as devious pirate Black Stache, with Celia Keenan-Bolger (Merrily We Roll Along, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Molly and Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal, Rent) as Boy. Completing the cast were Teddy Bergman, Arnie Burton, Matt D'Amico, Kevin Del Aguila, Carson Elrod, Greg Hildreth, David Rossmer, Betsy Hogg, Orville Mendoza, Jason Ralph, and John Sanders.
Steven Hoggett (American Idiot, Black Watch, Once) created the movement for the production, which had set design by Bloody Bloody Tony nominee Donyale Werle, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Darron L West and musical direction by Marco Paguia.
Disney Theatrical Productions commissioned the work. Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price and Tom Smedes produced the Broadway engagement, which began life at the La Jolla Playhouse as part of the company's Page To Stage Play Development program.