Peter and the Starcatcher is Coming to Broadway

Hello Everyone! Are you super excited about the new upcoming Broadway season? Well, yesterday things got a little more heated and anticipated as Disney Theatrical Productions proudly announced that their smash hit production, Peter and the Starcatcher would be flying up to Broadway for the Spring of 2012 after a critically acclaimed run last season Off-Broadway.

Peter and the Starcatcher has been billed as the prequel to the classic tale of Peter Pan. The production is an imaginative stage adapatation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s prequel. And while this production is billed as a play, the piece does feature a very nice handful of songs. The production uses inventive staging, a company of 12 actors and the audience’s imagination to create a side and story of Neverland NEVER truly experienced before – the story of how a orphan boy which lead to Peter Pan.

The production features a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family)  based on the novel by Barry and Pearson as previously mentioned. The production was stageed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby). Songs featured in the production are by Wayne Barker with musical direction by Marco Paguia. Tony Award nominee Stephen Hoggett (American Idiot, Black Watch, Once) creates the movement for the production. When it comes to the technical side of the creative team, Donyale Werle is set designer after recieving a Tony nomination for his work set designing Blood Bloody. The production also features a costume design by Paloma Young, a lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Darron L West.

The entire creative team for this production, while it ran Off-Broadway, will reunite to remount this piece on Broadway.

Casting for the production has not yet been announced.

However, while the production ran Off-Broadway, the production featured Tony nominee Christian Borle (Angels in America, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Mary Poppins) as Black Stache, 2005 Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, Bachelorette) as Molly; Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) as Peter; Teddy Bergman (Hell House) as Fighting Prawn; Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps, Amadeus) as Mrs. Bumbrake; Matt D’Amico (Fizz) as Slank and Hawking Clam; Brandon Dirden (Enron, Edgewise) as Captain Scott; Carson Elrod (Reckless, Wedding Crashers) as Prentiss; Kevin Del Aguila (book writer of Altar Boyz) as Smee; Greg Hildreth (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Alf; Karl Kenzler (Mary Poppins, Twelve Angry Men) as Lord Aster; and David Rossmer (Fiddler on the Roof, Don’t Quit Your Night Job) as Ted.

Will any of these names transfer uptown to Broadway with the production? Only time will tell.

And while a theatre has not been announced yet, Disney Theatrical Productions could not be more excited to bring this piece to Broadway in the spring. They received much positive feedback about the production when it ran Off-Broadway last year at the New York Theatre Workship, a venue known for featuring credible works before moving uptown to Broadway. One of the biggest and best examples of that would be RENTNancy Nagel Gibbs and Greg Schaffert will produce the Broadway production.

Luner on Theatre is beyond excited to announce that Disney’s Peter and the Starcatcher will be making its way to Broadway later this season in now one of the most anticipated productions of the 2011-2012 Season. I think this is fantastic starting point for Disney as they work new potential Broadway productions starting with this play. I was not able to attend this production last year while it ran Off-Broadway and was highly upset. I can only say with much joy how happu I am to know I will be able to experience the magic of this production on Broadway in the spring. Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you up to date on all Disney Theatrical News and more, especially concerning Peter and the Starcatcher. Stay tuned till next time and otherwise, see you in Neverland!

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