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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.

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