After an almost two-year run, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a show that tries to answer the unexpected question: “How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? ” will close its doors.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” opened off-Broadway in March 2011, transferring to the big stage in March 2012 after extending its run twice. Every cast member from the off-Broadway production returned to be a part of the show’s official Broadway opening. Its last performance will be on January 20, 2013.
The show is not through with its stage time, however, planning to launch a national tour in 2013. The tour will start in Denver, Colorado in August 2013. Additional tour cities have yet to be announced.
Throughout its years in New York City, “Peter and the Starcatcher” has been a huge success. At the 2012 Tony Awards, the show received nine nominations, taking home five. The show won for Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best Scenic Design, and Best Featured Actor (for Christian Borle, who played the pirate Black Stache). Though it has never been a best-seller, The New York Times announced recently that audience capacity has risen from 62 percent to 78 percent in the last few weeks.
Producers have also decided to launch a talk-back series in hopes of giving audiences a “behind-the-scenes look into the show, its road to Broadway, and playing Peter Pan.” The series will include a discussion about the show’s music, with composer Wayne Barker and music director Marco Paguia on October 3. The October 10 session brings in Sandy Duncan, who received a Tony nomination for her performance as Peter in the 1979 musical revival. On October 17, the playwright, director and design team will discuss the creative process that, according to BroadwayWorld.com, “led to their history-making design sweep of the 2012 Tony Awards.” These sessions offer the audience a chance to interact with the actors and the show’s production team, and learn about all the aspects that make the show so great.
The show’s producers describe the character of Peter Pan as “one of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved characters,” saying that he “proves that an audience’s imagination can be the most captivating place in the world.” Audiences who love the classic story of Peter Pan will love this stage adaptation of the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The stage show was authored by Rick Elice, who also worked on “Jersey Boys” and “The Addams Family.”
“Peter and the Starcatcher” is directed by Alex Timbers and Roger Rees, with musical direction by Marco Paguia and original music by Wayne Barker. The production team includes a host of Tony winners and nominees, including Steven Hogget with choreography, Donyale Werle with set design, Paloma Young with costumes, and Jeff Croiter and Darron L West with lighting and sound design, respectively.
The current cast features Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Chanler-Berat, Matthew Saldivar and Teddy Bergman as its principals. They are joined by a talented group of actors including Arnie Burton, Matt D’Amico, Kevin Del Aguila, David Rossmer, Carson Elrod, Greg Hildreth, Betsy Hogg, Orville Mendoza, Jason Ralph and John Sanders.
The tour cast has not been announced, but will be directed again by Timbers and Rees.