Peter And The Starcatcher Headed (Back) Off Broadway
The magic of Broadway never seems to truly disappear. The idea of transferring a Broadway show to Off Broadway theater is one that has become common in this day in age. The example, set first by Avenue Q in 2009, was followed by other blockbuster hits such as RENT and Million Dollar Quartet in years to follow and it seems there is now a new addition to that list. Producers of Peter and the Starcatcher have announced that the production will reopen Off Broadway at New World Stages in the Spring following a January 20th closing on Broadway.
Peter and the Starcatcher is the story of Neverland you never got to experience. According to producers, Peter and The Starcatcher is “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.”
Producers have announced that Peter and the Starcatcher will reopen Off Broadway this Spring after closing on Broadway on January 20th. The show will move to New World Stages. The statement comes after the original announcement of the show closing back in October 2012. No official dates or casting for the production have been announced. The entire original creative team and Tony Award winning design team are slated to work on the Off Broadway production. Ironically enough, Peter and the Starcatcher began it’s New York run Off Broadway in 2011 at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Lead producer Nancy Nagel Gibbs said the following today along with the exciting announcement
“We have had an amazing run on Broadway, and audience demand continues to grow. In fact, last week we had our highest grossing week ever. Our transfer to New World Stages allows the ‘little show that could’ to continue to inspire and enchant even more audiences.”
The continuation of Starcatcher Off Broadway marks not only a major success for the production but Disney Theatrical who supports to the show to a certain capacity. The success of Starcatcher, along with Newsies, has helped Disney Theatrical regain momentum in New York.
Peter and the Starcatcher 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 staged 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.
If you don’t get the chance to see Peter and the Starcatcher before it closes on Broadway, have no fear! Not only is the show transferring to Off Broadway but Neverland may be coming right to your home town in a National Tour of the production launching in August 2013! For even more info on Starcatcher, check out Luner on Theatre’s previous coverage. For more information, check out Peter and the Starcatcher’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!