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The Creative Team Behind Peter and the Starcatcher Reveals Childhood Wishes

April 23, 2014


The Original Broadway cast of Peter and the Starcatcher (c) O&M Co.

The Original Broadway cast of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by O&M Co.

Peter and the Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun, will be here in less than a week! Hailed by The New York Times as “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.

You won’t want to miss the magic of Peter and the Starcatcher when it comes to Knight Theater in Charlotte. It is sure to take you back to your childhood and a time when you believed anything was possible!

Check out the childhood wishes from the creative team behind the show:

“As a child, I wished I could fly. Now that I’m a grown-up, I fly all the time, but it’s not what I imagined. In my childhood flight fantasies, I didn’t have to take off my shoes and shuffle through a metal detector so I could cram myself into a seat in a metal tube packed with other people. So now, when I’m sitting in an airport, waiting for a delayed flight, I fantasize about just running outside, raising my arms, soaring into the sky and flying home. Sometimes, in this fantasy, I’m even served a hot meal en route. But of course, that part is totally unrealistic.”

– Dave Barry, co-author of the novel


“Pirates and buried treasure captivated my imagination as a kid: washed ashore on a Pacific isle … skullduggery – just the word sounds ominous. (As to the treasure, I’m still digging.)”

– Ridley Pearson, co-author of the novel


“I wished I could fly – but am nevertheless terrified of heights.”

– Alex Timbers, co-director


“I was born in Britain. British children are not permitted to wish for anything.”

– Roger Rees, co-director


“When I was a boy, I wished I could be thinner. And now that I’m an adult, far more devoted to substance over style, I still wish it.”

– Rick Elice, playwright


“I wanted to lead a Spike Jones orchestra. I went around the house looking for things I could make sounds with: which pots and pans were tuned to C major; Dad had a long brass wire letter rack which sounded a good “schwing!”; there was a certain brand of sardines packaged in particularly resonant cans; and I could slide-whistle tunes on my nana’s glass turkey baster (with a real rubber bulb – hard to find nowadays). For musical punctuation effects, I had plastic tangrams puzzle pieces which sounded just like breaking glass. And the ne plus ultra was the flushing of the toilet in the upstairs bathroom, an effect I overused. From my father, who knew our plumbing intimately, came the order: only one flush per day!”

– Wayne Barker, composer


“When I was a boy, I wished I was invisible. So my dad ignored me for an entire day. I wish more carefully these days, but no less magically …”

– Steven Hoggett, choreographer


“When I was a girl, I wished to be a princess. Knowing I was not of royal birth, I was going to have to marry in. Years of self-imposed princess training began at age 6: etiquette, ballroom dancing, reading, tea, horseback riding, etc. When that prince ran into me, he would see I was ready for the big time. And then I hit puberty and wished for an accordion and to be a gypsy.”

– Paloma Young, costume designer


“I wanted to be a rock guitarist. Like Eddie Van Halen …”

– Jeff Croiter, lighting designer


“When I was a boy, I wished I would grow up to be a rock star. I had fantasies about it ALL the time, being on tour and giving interviews to Rolling Stone magazine. I guess the theater became my rock band.”

– Darron L. West, sound designer


“When I was a boy, I believed in magic. My little sister and I would dig up magical “starstuff” crystals from the backyard and hoard them. When I got older and found out our “treasure” was common quartz – not magical or valuable – I told my sister. She got so mad that she threw one right at my head … and I saw stars. Showed me!”

– Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg


“Since before I can even remember, my dream was to be a sword fighter. I eventually realized there really was an island that you can fly to where dreams come true!”

– Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum, fight director


Don’t miss Peter and the Starcatcher in Knight Theater April 29- May 4! CLICK HERE for ticket information.

Looking Ahead: PostSecret: The Show and Kenny Loggins This Week!

April 21, 2014

PostSecret: The Show opens in Booth Playhouse tomorrow night and plays through May 4. It is a visual, auditory and emotional journey through the beauty and complication of our deepest fears,

PostSecret: The Show plays in Booth Playhouse April 22- May 4.

PostSecret: The Show plays in Booth Playhouse April 22- May 4.

ambitions and confessions. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors guide the audience through the stories behind never-before-seen secrets: sexual, sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made one of the most popular blogs in the world.

With half a billion visitors, half a million anonymous secrets received and the release of five best-selling books, artist, curator and Internet phenomenon Frank Warren has put together a team of theater professionals to bring life to the unheard voices of PostSecret. With the bravery of Rent and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: The Show is a breakthrough in audience-sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that no matter what they may be facing, they are not alone. CLICK HERE for a full list of performances and ticket information.

Kenny Loggins playing in Belk Theater April 27. Photo by Stephen Morales

Kenny Loggins plays in Belk Theater April 27. Photo by Stephen Morales.

This weekend, the Belk Theater welcomes Kenny Loggins! Loggins has been many things to many people over the past three decades — “a moving target” as he’s put it. In his time, Loggins has been a guitar-slinger with a psychedelic rock band, a hot young songwriter with a publishing deal, half of a legendary country-rock duo, a massively successful and accomplished solo artist, a sonic pioneer in the smooth jazz genre, a reigning soundtrack superstar, a rocker, a seeker, as well as an enduring recording artist and live performer whose most recent works have spoken deeply to both young audiences and decidedly adult and worldly concerns.

At the heart of it all, there remains a brilliant singer-songwriter and guitarist with a lifelong passion for exploring the endless power of the song to communicate. Loggins finds himself doing again what he has always done — writing and playing his songs, digging deep and looking toward the next step. CLICK HERE to buy tickets before it’s too late!

Blumenthal has added several new shows to the lineup over the next few months. Visit to keep up with the latest, and don’t miss out on seeing some of the best in performing arts!


Giveaway! Win a Pair of Tickets to See PostSecret: The Show Next Wednesday!

April 17, 2014
PostSecret the show opens next week in Booth Playhouse

PostSecret: The Show opens next week in Booth Playhouse.

The website has taken the Internet by storm, inviting people to reveal their secrets, fears,and ambitions to the world. Now, it’s the inspiration for a new theater project that is co-produced by Blumenthal Performing Arts and is launching here in Charlotte! It’s called PostSecret: The Show, and you do not want to miss it!

Three actors will lead you through a visual, auditory and emotional journey on stage in Booth Playhouse. With the assistance of projected images and video, they take the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind never-before-seen secrets — sexual, sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made it to With half a billion visitors, half a million anonymous secrets received and the release of five best-selling books, artist, curator and Internet phenomenon Frank Warren has put together a team of theater professionals to bring life to the unheard voices of PostSecret. With the bravery of Rent and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: The Show is a breakthrough in audience-sourced storytelling that reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that no matter what you may be facing, you are not alone.

Frank Warren sits down with to discuss the show (Watch the story here:

Frank Warren, founder of, sits down with to discuss PostSecret: The Show. Watch the story here:

PostSecret: The Show plays April 22-May 4 in the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Feeling lucky? Enter the giveaway by following the directions below and you could be the winner of a pair of tickets to see PostSecret: The Show on Wednesday, April 23!


Email and tell us why you’re excited to see PostSecret: The Show! Use the subject line: PostSecret Giveaway! A winner will be selected at noon Monday, April 21, and notified via email. Good luck!

Tuesday Tune: Todd Murray, aka Sincerely, Iris, in PostSecret: The Show

April 15, 2014

PostSecret: The Show premieres in Booth Playhouse Tuesday, April 22. The production features the real life, compelling secrets and stories mailed in anonymously and posted to the record-breaking blog Three actors, with the help of musician Todd Murray, will bring those secrets to life on stage.

Todd Murray aka Sincerely, Iris

Todd Murray, aka Sincerely, Iris.

Todd Murray — who performs under the stage name Sincerely, Iris — is a singer-songwriter from Savannah, Ga., and has been an avid PostSecret fan for years. He and his guitar will accompany the three actors on stage as they present the heart-wrenching and laugh-out-loud funny secrets found on over the years.

Murray describes his sound as “road trip music” and says, “It’s a style that’s always changing, and always moving along. Whether it be gypsy-esque or like Kerouac’s beat up old truck, shaking down the road at midnight, it is at once comforting, and somewhat unknown.”

You can hear his unique sound in the live performance clip below, which features Murray playing his original song “Just Like a Dog” with his license plate guitar. Watch to see what I mean!

Post_Secret_Poster_REV5Don’t miss Murray live in PostSecret: The Show, playing Booth Playhouse Apr. 22-May 4. Great seats are still available! Click HERE for tickets.

Also available are $15 student tickets! Click here for details.

Head over to to learn more about Murray and hear more of his music.

Looking Ahead: Blue Man Group, Ben Sollee, Chick Corea and Poetry Slam!

April 14, 2014

If you’re looking for a great time this week, you don’t have to look far. Blumenthal Performing Arts has everything you could possibly want in terms of entertainment! From Blue Man Group in Belk Theater to Chick Corea in Knight Theater, there’s something for everyone.

Blue Man Group coming to Belk Theater April 15-20

Blue Man Group takes over Belk Theater April 15-20.

It all starts tomorrow night, when Blue Man Group opens at the Belk Theater! The show is here for six days only! The group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts, which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as “one of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.”

Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget! CLICK HERE for tickets!

Wednesday, it’s Ben Sollee in Stage Door Theater. Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. In 2012, Sollee self-released his fourth album, “Half-Made Man,” a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. CLICK HERE for tickets to his concert!

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam is back in Booth Playhouse Friday night. Blumenthal Performing Arts’ monthly Poetry Slams are hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own two-time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007 and 2008). SlamCharlotte strives to promote poetic growth, performance enhancement and increased camaraderie among the poets and the community through the monthly slam competitions. CLICK HERE for more information.

Chick Corea in Knight Theater Saturday

Chick Corea plays in Knight Theater Saturday.

Saturday, you’ll want to have a seat in Knight Theater! When the legendary artist Chick Corea recorded “Piano Improvisations” on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today. Chick released a new solo CD and has embarked upon a world tour with a presentation that is as fresh and innovative as ever. With a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Chick classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and the inimitable “Children’s Songs,” it is a must-see concert if there ever was one. The title of the CD, “Portraits,” derives from something Chick occasionally includes in his solo shows — when the spirit moves him. The artist asks for volunteers from the typically packed house, sits them down one at a time next to the piano and proceeds to paint a musical “portrait” unique to each individual. It’s uncanny how the personality of the person is captured in Chick’s improvisations. CLICK HERE to nab tickets!



Peter and the Starcatcher Headed to Charlotte Soon

April 10, 2014
Matthew Saldivar and Kevin Del Aguila  Photo by Joan Marcus

Matthew Saldivar and Kevin Del Aguila.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Peter and the Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour and it’s headed to Knight Theater April 29-May 4! Hailed by The New York Times as “THE MOST EXHILARATING STORYTELLING ON BROADWAY IN DECADES,” this comedy takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.

With such a long and varied history, how did Peter and the Starcatcher arrive on Broadway? Check out all the details below to get the scoop!

First came a play …

J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright who moved to London and befriended the Llewellyn Davies family. The five young Davies boys would become Barrie’s inspiration for his most famous play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. The play, written in 1904, chronicles the adventures of a magical, ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy. Peter Pan is the leader of a troupe of Lost Boys, inhabitants of the enchanted island, Neverland. Throughout their adventures, Peter and Wendy encounter pirates, mermaids, native people and fairies. After a successful debut in London, Barrie adapted his play into a novel called “Peter and Wendy.” Before he died, Barrie gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to the Great Ormond Street Hospital — a children’s hospital in London. Barrie’s beloved characters live on through the many productions, adaptations and incarnations of Peter that have taken flight since 1904.

Then There Were Books …

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson are longtime friends, but the Peter and the Starcatchers book series is their first writing collaboration and their first foray into children’s literature. The stories are a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and explain how Peter, Hook, Tinkerbell and Neverland came to be. Barry and Pearson not only write together, they also play together – in a band, that is. Barry plays lead guitar and Pearson plays bass guitar in the literary all-star garage band, the Rock Bottom Remainders. The band comprises some of the country’s most popular writers, including Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom.

 Then Broadway …

Barry and Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers was adapted for the stage by playwright Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family). Directors Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby, Waiting for Godot) and Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show) first brought the story to life on stage at La Jolla Playhouse, before a successful off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop. With music by Wayne Barker, movement by Steven Hoggett, scenic design by Donyale Werle, costumes by Paloma Young, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Darron L. West, Peter and the Starcatcher is delighting audiences from around the world in New York City.

And now, Peter and the Starcatcher is touring the country! Don’t miss it when it comes to Charlotte! CLICK HERE for show details and to buy tickets now before it’s too late.

Wednesday Wow! Al Gore Coming to Charlotte Next Month

April 9, 2014
Al Gore comes to Belk Theater May 13

Al Gore comes to Belk Theater May 13.

As the world’s most influential voice on climate change and an adviser to leaders in Congress and heads of state throughout the world, former Vice President Al Gore offers a unique perspective on national and international affairs. Don’t miss him Tuesday, May 13 in Belk Theater!

Since his earliest days in the U.S. Congress 30 years ago, Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming. His pioneering efforts were outlined in his best-selling book “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit” (1992). He led the Clinton-Gore Administration’s efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economy.

Gore is the author of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a best-selling book on the threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie by the same title, which has already become one of the top documentary films in history. In 2007, An Inconvenient Truth was awarded two Academy Awards for best documentary feature and best original song.

His newest book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned and ultimately hopeful forecast by identifying the emerging forces that are reshaping our world. The co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing, Gore also is chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, a member of the board of Apple, a senior adviser to Google, and a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

For Gore’s visit next month, a limited number of VIP Packages are available that include a pre-show reception with the former vice president, VIP seats and a signed copy of “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.” CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.



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