By Kenneth Jones
16 Feb 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Peter and the Starcatcher, co-directed by Tony Award winner Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby) and Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-wee Herman Show), begins previews on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) on March 28, with an official opening night of April 15.
Returning cast members also include Teddy Bergman (Seven Minutes in Heaven), Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps), Matt D'Amico (Fizz), Kevin Del Aguila (Jacques Brel...), Carson Elrod (Reckless), Greg Hildreth (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and David Rossmer (Don't Quit Your Night Job).
Tony nominee Borle (Legally Blonde) plays composer Tom Leavitt on NBC's "Smash"; Keenan-Bolger (playing the title character) is Mary in the Encores! concert of Merrily We Roll Along; Chanler-Berat was in Off-Broadway's Rent and Broadway's Next to Normal.
According to the producers, "In this innovative and imaginative new play based on The New York Times best selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a company of 12 actors plays more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all 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."
The well-reviewed, sold-out Off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 went on to receive five Drama Desk nominations (and a win for Outstanding Music in a Play); two Obie Awards (for Direction and Design), two Lucille Lortel Awards (for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Choreography) and a Henry Hewes Design Award for Best Lighting.
As previously announced, the entire creative team reunites for the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher and includes Wayne Barker (music), Steven Hoggett (movement), Marco Paguia (music direction), Donyale Werle (scenic design), Paloma Young (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design) and Darron L. West (sound design).
Peter and the Starcatcher will be produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes and Disney Theatrical Productions.
Producers also announced a "priority pre-sale" ticket pricing structure. All tickets for Peter and the Starcatcher performances through April 29th are $99 (orchestra and front mezzanine) and $59 (rear mezzanine), when purchased by the first preview on March 28. Tickets are currently available via Ticketmaster.com.
The Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office will open Feb. 20.
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The play began its journey in 2003 when Disney Theatrical Productions president Thomas Schumacher discovered the first Barry and Pearson book while it was still in galleys, and its development has been shepherded by DTP ever since. With just a few scenes outlined, the project received its first lab in 2007 at Williamstown Theatre Festival under the direction of Rees and Timbers. A full length version of the play was then written by Elice and developed in a Page to Stage production at La Jolla Playhouse in the winter of 2009.
Following further revisions, the play received its first fully staged production with the spring 2011 run at NYTW.