Sandy Duncan, Adam Chandler Berat and Celia Keenan-Bolger Set for Peter and the Starcatcher Talkbacks
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award-nominated Peter Pan star Sandy Duncan will join cast members of the Tony-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher in one of the post-show talkbacks planned this fall at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
The Wednesday night conversation series, which follows the 7 PM performances, will begin Oct. 3 with Tony-nominated Peter and the Starcatcher composer Wayne Barker and music director Marco Paguia, who will discuss the music used in the production that draws from Edwardian pantomimes, sea shanties, anthems and early musical theatre.
The Oct. 10 discussion will feature Duncan, who starred as Peter Pan on Broadway and tour, alongside Starcatcher's own Peter — Adam Chanler-Berat — as well as Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Matthew Saldívar, who portray Molly and Black Stache, respectively. They will share with audiences their own experiences of inhabiting the classic characters.
Starcatcher adapter Rick Elice, director Roger Rees, along with Tony-winning scenic designer Donyale Werle and Tony-winning costume designer Paloma Young will discuss the creative process in bringing the show to life.
A mix 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 that uses 12 actors to recount the tale of adventure.
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 returned for the Broadway transfer, which began previews March 28, 2012, and officially opened April 15, 2012, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
It will end its critically acclaimed Broadway run Jan. 20, 2013, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. A national tour will launch in August 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO.
The production is co-directed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby). It features original Tony Award-nominated songs by Wayne Barker.
Starcatcher received nine Tony Award nominations, and took home honors for Best Costume Design (Paloma H. Young), Best Lighting Design (Jeff Croiter), Best Sound Design (Darron L. West), Best Scenic Design (Donyale Werle) and Best Featured Actor (Christian Borle).
The play, according to producers, takes audiences 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."
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