Peter Pan Live! Lost Boy Will Graduate to Peter in Ryan Scott Oliver's Dark and Sexy Retelling of Peter Pan | Playbill

News Peter Pan Live! Lost Boy Will Graduate to Peter in Ryan Scott Oliver's Dark and Sexy Retelling of Peter Pan A private reading of Ryan Scott Oliver's Darling, a dark and sexy retelling of Peter Pan, will be held Jan. 21 at the Pearl Studios in New York City. Jason Gotay and Ephie Aardema star.

Jason Gotay

Directed by Bobby Longbottom, the cast features Aardema (Bridges of Madison County) as Darling and Gotay (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Peter Pan Live!) with Jessie Hooker (Legally Blonde tour, Sistas), Richard Todd Adams (Les Misérables 25th anniversary national tour), Kathyrn Allison, Ethan Carlson, Tony L. Clements, Kathrina Feigh, Ben Garrett, Adam J. Levy, Tatiana Lofton, Michael Mendez, Michael Millan, Emily Rogers and Daniel Yearwood.

Set in 1900s Boston, Darling, according to press notes, "follows sixteen year old Darling as she encounters a boy named Peter, who offers the opportunity to run away with him. She takes it and finds herself swept into a seedy underground of jazz, sex, lost rentboys, and a mysterious white powder called Dust."

Darling was featured on the "Bound for Broadway" episode of NBC's "The Apprentice" in 2010; in 2012, it was given a private workshop and developmental production as a collaboration between Retrop Production and RareWorks Theatre Company, in association with Sh-K-Boom Records, at Emerson College. In 2013, Darling received The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company New Musical Award.

Darling was conceived by Brett Ryback.

WalkRunFly Productions (Hunger Games London) helms the production led by producers Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon. Jennifer Isaacson will executive produce. Oliver is the winner of a Larson Grant, Rodgers Award, Lortel Award nomination, ASCAP Harold Adamson Award and New Musicals Awards from Weston Playhouse and Pace University. He wrote the music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (licensed by Samuel French, original cast recording on Ghostlight Records), Darling (workshopped at ACT, featured on NBC's "The Apprentice"), Mrs. Sharp (read at Playwrights Horizons July 2009), Out of My Head (licensed through Steele Spring Stage Rights) as well as the commission We Foxes (Broadway Across America), among others. He is currently at work on the new musical Rope, a commission for Grove Entertainment.

Read more about his work in's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.

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