Brooks Atkinson Theatre, (4/15/2012 - 1/20/2013)

First Preview: Mar 28, 2012
Opening Date: Apr 15, 2012
Closing Date: Jan 20, 2013
Total Previews: 18
Total Performances: 319

Category: Play, Play with music, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber, Daveed D. Frazier/Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affannato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale and New York Theatre Workshop

Originally Presented as a 'Page to Stage' Workshop Production in 2009 by La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley: Artistic Director; Michael S. Rosenberg: Managing Director)

Written by Rick Elice; Musical Director: Marco Paguia; Music by Wayne Barker; Based upon the novel "Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers; Movement by Steven Hoggett; Assistant Director: Lillian King

Scenic Design by Donyale Werle; Costume Design by Paloma Young; Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter; Sound Design by Darron L. West; Associate Scenic Design: Michael Carnahan; Associate Costume Design: Matthew Pachtman; Associate Lighting Design: Joel Silver; Assistant Lighting Design: Cory Pattak and Andy Fritsch; Associate Sound Design: Charles Coes

General Manager: 321 Theatrical Management; Company Manager: Tracy Geltman; Assistant Co. Mgr: Brent McCreary

Production Manager: David Benken and Rose Palombo; Production Supervisor: Clifford Schwartz; Technical Supervisor: David Benken; Production Stage Manager: Clifford Schwartz; Assistant Stage Mgr: Katherine Wallace

Conducted by Marco Paguia; Drums/Percussion: Deane Prouty

Fight direction by Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum; Press Representative: O&M Co. and Ryan Ratelle; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Marketing: Serino Coyne; Digital Outreach & Website: Serino Coyne, Jim Glaub and Crystal Chase; Casting: Jim Carnahan, C.S.A., Jack Doulin, C.S.A. and Tara Rubin, C.S.A.; Dramaturg: Ken Cerniglia; Digital Outreach & Website Associate: Whitney Creighton

Opening Night Cast

Christian BorleBlack Stache
(Mar 28, 2012 - Jun 30, 2012)
Adam Chanler-BeratBoy
Celia Keenan-BolgerMolly
(Mar 28, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012)
Teddy BergmanFighting Prawn
Arnie BurtonMrs. Bumbrake
Matt D'AmicoSlank
Hawking Clam
Kevin Del AguilaSmee
Carson ElrodPrentiss
Greg HildrethAlf
(Mar 28, 2012 - Nov 18, 2012)
Rick HolmesLord Aster
Isaiah JohnsonCaptain Scott
David RossmerTed
(Mar 28, 2012 - Sep 23, 2012)

Understudies: Carson Elrod (Black Stache), Betsy Hogg (Molly, Mrs. Bumbrake, Ted), Isaiah Johnson (Alf, Lord Aster, Slank), Orville Mendoza (Alf, Fighting Prawn, Mrs. Bumbrake, Slank, Smee), Jason Ralph (Boy, Captain Scott, Fighting Prawn, Prentiss, Ted) and John Sanders (Black Stache, Captain Scott, Lord Aster, Mrs. Bumbrake, Smee)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2012 Best Play [nominee] 

Written by Rick Elice; Produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affannato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale and New York Theatre Workshop

 2012 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [nominee] 

Featuring songs by Wayne Barker; Written by Rick Elice

winner 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play [winner] 

Christian Borle

 2012 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play [nominee] 

Celia Keenan-Bolger

 2012 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Roger Rees

 2012 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Alex Timbers

winner 2012 Best Scenic Design of a Play [winner] 

Donyale Werle

winner 2012 Best Costume Design of a Play [winner] 

Paloma Young

winner 2012 Best Lighting Design of a Play [winner] 

Jeff Croiter

winner 2012 Best Sound Design of a Play [winner] 

Sound Design by Darron L. West

Reviews


AP: "Peter Pan show high on its own starstuff"

Try as it might – and it tries awfully hard – "Peter and the Starcatcher" needs a lot more pixie dust to fly.

This prequel to the Peter Pan story commissioned by Disney Theatrical Productions features 12 actors in 20 scenes playing 50 characters. There are fart jokes and references to Marcel Proust and the show comments on itself endlessly. Ultimately, it tries too hard and winks too hard. Forgive the pun, but it never lands.

The Broadway version opened Sunday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with the same leads – Adam Chanler-Berat, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Christian Borle – who made it a darling downtown at the New York Theatre Workshop last year. The cast is fantastic and hardworking and collaborative, the sets are weirdly inventive, but its trip north has not done it any favors.

The show was adapted by "Jersey Boys" co-writer Rick Elice from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling 2004 children's adventure book. Telling the story of how an English orphan became Peter Pan, the play walks a fine line between self-parody and sincerity, often crossing over into a swampy mix.

Using simple props – a few lengths of rope for a ship's hull, a yellow kitchen glove becomes tropical birds, spray bottles of water mimic crashing waves – the show is often adoring of its own inventiveness, which grows tedious. Often, it just looks like children's theater on MDMA.

Act 1 is an adventure set on the high seas in which we are introduced to both a group of three orphan boys being sent into slavery aboard a pirate ship and the concept of "starstuff," magic material that falls to Earth and conveys happiness, power, increased intelligence and the ability to fly.

On the same ship is Molly (an extremely prim and proper Keenan-Bolger), who takes a liking to one of the orphans who will become Peter (a deeply emotional Chanler-Berat). Molly's mission is to make sure the starstuff is safely out of the hands of the pirates.

There's a drag mermaid revue that begins Act 2 – that and a few other pieces of nice music are written by Wayne Barker – and then we're off to another adventure set in a jungle with a giant crocodile and savages. By the end, we learn the origins of both Tinkerbell and Wendy and why Peter is so obsessed with not growing up.

The show is saved by Borle, whose performance as Black Stache – the pirate with a huge fake mustache who will later be known as Captain Hook after a very bad injury. He is over-the-top in a delicious, scenery-chomping way.

"The Stache, right under yer nose!" he bellows at one point. He is absolutely wonderful. Maybe his Hook should have his own play.

There are also some truly inspired moments – wonderfully choreographed movement by Steven Hoggett with umbrellas and big tribal masks, a line of actors with their backs to the audience creating a wall, Donyale Werle's stunning jungle set (which looks like plastic bags tossed by the tide) and that tropical bird made from just a glove. But it gets diluted with people talking in Dodo, too-easy slapstick, vomit jokes and endless references to TTFN, or ta ta for now.

Roger Rees and Alex Timbers are co-directors and this strange brew clearly shows a blend of their two hands. There's Timbers' winky-winky, oh-so-witty cultural references – Kelis' "Milkshake," Starbucks and Ayn Rand, all not terribly Victorian really – that he also offered while helming "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," and there's the endearing boyish naivety that Rees has added to parts on "Cheers" and "The Addams Family."

The Peter Pan prequel was commissioned by Disney Theatricals and ran in a workshop version in 2009 in La Jolla, Calif., before coming to New York. It's supposed to connect with kids and adults alike, but ends up shortchanging both with a frantic, indulgent mess.

Someone's been sampling a little too much of their own starstuff.


AP
04/15/2012

Replacement/Transfer Info


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


Brooks Atkinson Theatre

(4/15/2012 - 1/20/2013)

Cast

Evan Harrington
Alf (Nov 20, 2012 - Jan 20, 2013)
Betsy Hogg
Molly (Dec 31, 2012 - Jan 20, 2013)
Eric Petersen
Ted (Sep 25, 2012 - Jan 20, 2013)
Matthew Saldivar
Black Stache (Jul 2, 2012 - Jan 20, 2013)

Understudies: Emily Walton (Molly, Mrs. Bumbrake, Ted).


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