Peter Pan

The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (9/06/1979 - 1/04/1981)

First Preview: Aug 10, 1979
Opening Date: Sep 06, 1979
Closing Date: Jan 04, 1981
Total Previews: 24
Total Performances: 554

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: The Nursery of the Darling Residence, Neverland, Marooner's Rock, The Home Underground, The Pirate Ship.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Messrs. Nederlander

Produced by Zev Bufman and James M. Nederlander; Produced in association with Jack Molthen, Spencer Tandy and J. Ronald Horowitz

Music by Mark Charlap; Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh; A musical production of the play by Sir James M. Barrie; Additional music by Jule Styne; Additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns; Dance arrangements by Wally Harper; Additional dance arrangements by David Krane; Music and Vocal Direction by Jack Lee

Directed by Rob Iscove; Choreographed by Rob Iscove; Original production conceived, choreographed and directed by Jerome Robbins

Production Design by Peter Wolf; Costume Design by Bill Hargate; Lighting Design by Thomas Skelton; Hair Design by Werner Sherer; Sound Design by Richard Fitzgerald

General Manager: Theatre Now, Inc.; Company Manager: Camille Ranson

Production Stage Manager: Barbara-Mae Phillips; Stage Manager: David Rubinstein; Technical Supervisor: Mitch Miller

Orchestra Personnel Manager: Earl Shendell; Associate Conductor: Jean Marie Browne

Flying by Foy; Special Laser Effects by Laser Media, Inc.

General Press Representative: Solters & Roskin, Inc.; Dance Captain: Reed Jones; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne; Casting: T.N.I. Casting; Photographer: Martha Swope, Richard Braaten and Jay Thompson

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Opening Night Cast

Sandy DuncanPeter Pan
George RoseMr. Darling
Captain Hook
Joey Abbott2nd Twin
Cleve AsburyIndian
William CarmichaelPirate
James CookNana
Dennis CourtneyNibs
Gary DanielJukes
Michael EstesCurly
Chris FarrSlightly
Beth FowlerMrs. Darling
Maggy GorrillLiza
Sharon-Ann HillIndian
Dianna HughesPirate
Rusty Jacobs1st Twin
Reed JonesKangaroo
Marsha KramerWendy Darling
Jack MagradeyPirate
C. J. McCaffreyIndian
Kevin McCreadyIndian
Maria PogeeTiger Lily
Neva Rae PowersWendy (Grown Up)
Arnold SoboloffMr. Smee
David StoreyIndian
Guy StromanNoodler
Carl TramonTootles
Jon VandertholenGentleman Starkey
Jonathan WardMichael Darling
Trey WilsonCecco
Alexander WinterJohn Darling
Jim WolfeLion
Steven YuhaszMullins

Swings: Jack Magradey and Penny Peters McGuire

Understudies: Chris Farr (John Darling), Maggy Gorrill (Peter Pan, Tiger Lily), Dianna Hughes (Jane, Wendy Darling), Neva Rae Powers (Mrs. Darling), Arnold Soboloff (Captain Hook, Mr. Darling), Carl Tramon (Michael Darling) and Trey Wilson (Mr. Smee)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1980 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sandy Duncan

 1980 Reproduction (Play or Musical) [nominee] 

Produced by Zev Bufman

Drama Desk Award

 1980 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sandy Duncan


music by Moose Charlap; lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
(Unless otherwise noted)

ACT 1 Sung By
Tender ShepherdMrs. Darling, Wendy Darling, John Darling and Michael Darling
I've Got to CrowPeter Pan
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green )
Peter Pan
I'm FlyingPeter Pan, Wendy Darling, John Darling and Michael Darling
ACT 2 Sung By
Pirate SongCaptain Hook and Pirates
A Princely SchemeCaptain Hook and Pirates
Indians!Tiger Lily and Indians
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green )
Peter Pan and Boys
Another Princely SchemeCaptain Hook and Pirates
Neverland Waltz
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green )
I Won't Grow UpPeter Pan and Boys
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden )
Peter Pan, Tiger Lily, Children and Indians
The Pow-Wow Polka
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green )
Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Children and Indians
Distant Melody
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green )
Peter Pan
ACT 3 Sung By
To the ShipPeter Pan and Company
Hook's Waltz
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden )
Captain Hook and Pirates
The BattlePeter Pan, Captain Hook and Company
I've Got to Crow (Reprise) Peter Pan, Liza and Company
Tender Shepherd (Reprise) Wendy Darling, John Darling and Michael Darling
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green )
Peter Pan
I Won't Grow Up (Reprise) The Darling Family and Lost Boys


New York Daily News: "'Peter Pan' could really fly, if..."

Sandy Duncan is a living doll, and George Rose can be an amusing fellow, but it is with limited enthusiasm that I report the opening of a new Broadway season last night at the Lunt-Fontanne with a revival of "Peter Pan." This is not the 75-year-old Barrie fantasy pure-and-simple, but the 1954 song-and-dance version concocted by Jerome Robbins with the help of two songwriting teams and, most important of all, starring a flying Mary Martin.

Duncan, who first caught Broadway's eye a little over 10 years ago as a sexy, animated Chaucerian character in "Canterbury Tales," is a smashing Peter Pan to behold, and looks, if anything, even younger than she did a decade ago. And, thanks to a genius of a technician named simply Foy, who keeps Peter, Wendy and the two other Darling children aloft and soaring in separate patterns with all the skill of a Kennedy control-tower operator, Duncan flies like a dream, saving her final effect, a swoop right over the heads of the audience, for her ultimate curtain call.

She's bright, nifty, and trim as can be, but something of the needed air of exultation is missing from her performance, and for some reason, and despite the fact that the players are miked, her "crows" at the end of each title phrase of the song "I've Got to Crow," sound recorded - loud, clear and all alike. She sings and cavorts engagingly, but not excitingly except when aloft.

Much the same can be said of Rose, who, though he's not wired to fly in his dual role of the father, Mr. Darling, and the fantasy figure, Captain Hook, is giving what is at best a routine performance for him, and his Hook makeup hinders him by striking an uneasy balance between a grin and a menacing leer. Rose simply looks wrong as Hook. In fact, in this production, staged by Rob Iscove along the lines originally laid down by Robbins, it is the sumptuous scenery, lighting and special effects, along with the wonderful costumes, which include a splendidly greedy green crocodile and a large white shaggy dog, that almost seem to steal the show.

And "Peter Pan" - the musical, anyway - is a show very much in need of stealing. Though some of the songs - "Neverland" and "I've Got to Crow," to cite two of the best - are enjoyable enough, this is hardly a topnotch musical effort, a fact attested to by the realization, 25 years ago, that a second team (Comden-Green-Styne) was needed to bolster the show's musical elements.

As for Barrie's play, a sometimes puzzling mixture of childish and adult fantasy (of course, it never was intended solely for children, but mostly for more gullible adults), it shows its age as its none-too-clever plot devices keep shifting gears.

At the Wednesday matinee I attended, there were so many children that one realized how few Broadway shows there are for kids and how hungry parents are to find them. The house, though sold out, looked almost half empty with so many tots in their mothers' laps. The management is wise to have scheduled three matinees a week, but would probably be even wiser to sell each seat for two, mother and child, at, say, 1½ times the normal price.

I hope the children take it to their hearts, as they surely did the clever laser-beamed Tinker Bell they applauded back to life at the end of Act Two. And they must surely love Sandy Duncan. But the players (there is one noticeably fine pirate) would do well to screw up their courage and believe as strongly in "Peter Pan" as the audience is called upon to express faith in Tinker Bell.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

(9/6/1979 - 1/4/1981)
Company Manager: Robb Lady.

Assistant Stage Mgr: Sherry Cohen.

Dance Captain: Bonnie Walker; Artistic Supervisor: Bonnie Walker.


Gibby Brand
Robert Brubach
Ronn Carroll
Mr. Smee
Spence Ford
Lee Heinz
Christopher Hewett
Captain Hook (Oct 17, 1979 - ?)
Mr. Darling (Oct 17, 1979 - ?)
Anthony Hoylen
Marybeth Kurdock
Tiger Lily
Richard Loreto
Matthew McGrath
Robert McGuire
1st Twin
Johnny Morgal
2nd Twin
Demetrius Pena
Roger Preston Smith

Standbys: Karyn Cole (Peter Pan).

Understudies: Gibby Brand (Mr. Smee), Ronn Carroll (Captain Hook, Mr. Darling), Janie Gleason (Jane, Wendy Darling), Lee Heinz (Tiger Lily), Matthew McGrath (John Darling), Penny Peters McGuire (Liza, Wendy (Grown Up)), Robert McGuire (Michael Darling), Nelson K. Wilson (Nana).

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