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“Peter and the Starcatcher” Brilliantly Imagines the Backstory of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”

"Peter and the Starcatcher" stars (from left) Gabe Martinez as the Neverland's odious captain Bill Slank, Bryan Welnicki as Peter, Joe Beuerlein as Peter's nemesis Black Stache, and Shaun Rice as the flatulent sailor Alf (photo by Scott Suchman)

“Peter and the Starcatcher” stars (from left) Gabe Martinez as the Neverland’s odious captain Bill Slank, Bryan Welnicki as Peter, Joe Beuerlein as Peter’s nemesis Black Stache, and Shaun Rice as the flatulent sailor Alf (photo by Scott Suchman)

Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre will present Phoenix Entertainment’s touring production of the five-time Tony Award®-winning play with music, Peter and the Starcatcher, a rollicking prequel to the beloved 1904 children’s book Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie (1860-1937), on March 10-15 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

The tour stars Bryan Welnicki as the 13-year-old orphan Boy who would become Peter Pan, Joe Beuerlein as his nemesis the swashbuckling Pirate chieftain and regular Mr. Malaprop Black Stache, Andrew Sklar as Black Stache’s dim-bulb first mate Smee, Andy Ingalls as the Starcatcher and spy for Queen Victoria Lord Leonard Astor, and Aisling Halpin as his 13-year-old daughter and apprentice Starcatcher Molly Aster.

According to the North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South:

Peter and the Starcatcher, the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. Peter and the Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative comedy based on the best-selling [2006 children’s] novel [Peter and the Starcatchers ] by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become ‘The Boy Who Never Grew Up’? This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

Peter and the Starcatcher won five 2012 Tony Awards (the most of any play of the 2011-12 season) and was named one of The New York Times’, New York Magazine’s, and The New Yorker’s Top 10 Shows of the Year.

The New York Times hails Peter and the Starcatcher as ‘the most exhilirating storytelling on Broadway in decades,’ Entertainment Weekly calls Peter and the Starcatcher, ‘an absurdly funny fantastical journey,’ and Broadway.com says [the show is] ‘sweet enough for kids, sophisticated enough for grown-ups, this play with music is both a valentine to the innocence of childhood and the magic of stagecraft.'”

Peter (Bryan Welnicki, center) and the Orphan Boys get into many a pickle (photo by Scott Suchman)

Peter (Bryan Welnicki, center) and the Orphan Boys get into many a pickle (photo by Scott Suchman)

Also according to Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre:

“Written by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice [The Addams Family, Jersey Boys], Peter and the Starcatcher is based on the original direction by Tony Award winner Roger Rees and Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers, recreated by Shawn Pennington, and original movement by Steven Hoggett, recreated by Patrick McCollume[.]

“[The] design team of Peter and the Starcatcher includes Donyale Werle (scenic design), Paloma Young (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), [and] Darron L. West (sound design), who all won Tony Awards for their work on the show.

Peter and the Starcatcher also features music by Wayne Barker [Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance] and music supervision by Andy Grobengieser. Peter and the Starcatcher is produced by Phoenix Entertainment.

Peter and the Starcatcher is suitable for younger audiences, but most enjoyable for those 10 and up.”

Bryan Welnicki plays Peter Pan, and Aisling Halpin plays Molly the Starcatcher (photo by Scott Suchman)

Bryan Welnicki plays Peter Pan, and Aisling Halpin plays Molly the Starcatcher (photo by Scott Suchman)

SECOND OPINION: March 6th Raleigh, NC News & Observer mini-preview by Roy C. Dicks: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article12845300.html.

Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre present PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at 7:30 p.m. March 10-13 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 14 and 15 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $37.32-$111.24 (including fees).

BOX OFFICE:

Duke Energy Center Box Office: 919-996-8700 or info@dukeenergycenterraleigh.com (information only).

Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/1690339.

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-996-8707, group@raleighconvention.com, or http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south/group-sales.

SHOW: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/event/peter-and-the-starcatcher-4754, http://nctheatre.com/shows/peter-and-the-starcatcher, and https://www.facebook.com/events/1444859062467685/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://peterandthestarcatcher.com/press-and-media/video/.

TOUR CAST & CREATIVE TEAM: http://peterandthestarcatcher.com/tour/tour-cast-creative/.

TOUR EDUCATOR’S GUIDE: http://s466635199.onlinehome.us/patsc/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/PATSC_Educator%27s_Guide.pdf.

PRESENTERS:

Broadway Series South: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/broadway-series-south, https://www.facebook.com/broadwayseriessouthraleigh, and https://twitter.com/BroadwaySouth.

North Carolina Theatre: http://www.nctheatre.com/, https://www.facebook.com/nctheatre, https://twitter.com/nctheatre, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Theatre, and http://www.youtube.com/user/nctheatre.

NCT BLOG (Stage Notes): http://www.nctheatre.com/stage-notes.

VENUE: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/venue/memorial-auditorium.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/directions.

PARKING: http://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/parking.

NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh will audio-describe the show’s 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14th, performance.

OTHER LINKS:

Peter and the Starcatcher (2009 La Jolla Playhouse, 2011 Off-Broadway, and 2012 Broadway play with music): http://peterandthestarcatcher.com/ (official website), http://www.phoenix-ent.com/productions/peter-and-the-starcatcher/ (Phoenix Entertainment), http://www.lortel.org/ (Internet Off-Broadway Database), http://www.ibdb.com/show.php?id=491596 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_and_the_Starcatcher_%28play%29 (Wikipedia).

Rick Elice (book): http://peterandthestarcatcher.com/tour/tour-cast-creative/ (tour bio), http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=394783 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Elice (Wikipedia).

Wayne Barker (music): http://peterandthestarcatcher.com/tour/tour-cast-creative/ (tour bio) and http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=391752 (Internet Broadway Database).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert W. McDowell has written articles for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, CVNC, and Triangle Arts and Entertainment, all based in Raleigh. He edits and publishes two FREE weekly e-mail newsletters. Triangle Review provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of local performing-arts events. (Start your FREE subscription by e-mailing robertm748@aol.com and typing SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) McDowell also maintains a FREE list of movie sneak previews. (To subscribe, e-mail robertm748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)

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