Peter And The Starcatcher Soars Into Walnut Street Theatre

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Philly’s Walnut Street Theatre, best known for producing large-scale Broadway musicals, is currently presenting a contemporary drama on it’s Main Stage just recently seen on Broadway about a character audiences already know so well. The boy who won’t grow up is back in Philadelphia and telling you a story in a way you’ve never heard before. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of Peter And The Starcatcher soaring into Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre!

Walnut.Peter.Press1The Tony Award winning Peter And The Starcatcher is up next for Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre! The production, which is now in previews, officially opens March 23rd and is scheduled to run through May 1st on the Main Stage. Tickets range from $20-$85. The Sunday evening performance on April 10th will be an open-captioned performance. The production is directed by Bill Van Horn with a creative team that includes Todd Edward Ivins as scenic designer, Mary Folino as costume designer, J. Dominic Chacon as lighting designer and Christopher Colucci as sound designer. Mark Yurkanin is musical coordinator for the production.

The cast includes Brandon O’Rourke as Boy (Peter), Davy Raphaely as Prentiss, Alex Bechtel as Captain Scott, Aaron Cromie as Smee, Michaela Shuchman as Molly Aster, Matthew Mastronardi as Ted, Dan Hodge as Lord Aster, Ian Merrill Peakes as Black Stache, David Bardeen as Alf, Nichalas L Parker as Sánchez/Fighting Prawn, Lindsay Smiling as Bill Slank, Dave Jadico as Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher and Jered McLenigan as Grempkin/Mack/Hawking Clam.

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Thanks to Mark Garvin for allowing us to share all of the production photos in this post!

1885The Walnut Street Theatre was built and opened in 1809. It is the oldest operating theatre in the English-speaking world and oldest theatre in America. The first production held in the theatre was The Rivals in 1812. From 1941 to 1969, the theatre was owned by The Shubert Organization and held many pre Broadway runs for shows that would soon be very well-known as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Man For All Seasons and A Raisin in the Sun just to name a few. The Walnut Street Theatre Company took over in 1983 to serve as a regional not for profit producing company and has been in place their ever since. Still on the boards for this season following Peter And The Starcatcher is the Main Stage season finale, Sister Act!

12495951_10154072313489390_4505189071685709388_oLuner Lowdown: Peter And The Starcatcher at Walnut Street will mark the Philadelphia premiere for the production which won over audiences in New York City on Broadway in 2012. I believe the production will succeed with Philadelphia audiences not only for its production values but also for its brilliant storytelling devices. Receiving nine Tony Award nominations in 2012 including Best Play, Peter And The Starcatcher went on to win five Tony Awards sweeping the design categories for a play that same year. The piece itself is a masterpiece of storytelling. Rick Elice adapted this story so well for the stage that is has struck chords and resonated with audiences around the country as they don’t realize they are reliving a story they already know so well. By far, one of the best new plays created since 2000 and I’m thrilled Philly will have the chance to experience it.

Luner on Theatre wishes all the best to everyone involved with Walnut Street Theater’s production of Peter And The Starcatcher! Don’t miss your chance to experience this story, so well-known to us all, told like never before in this creative and thrilling new work of storytelling playing through May 1st at Walnut Street!

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