I’ve been dying to see Peter and the Starcatcher ever since it took home five Tony Awards in 2012, and this past week I finally had my chance when it opened at downtown Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. I heard such great things about the play (sprinkled with some clever musical elements), billed as a grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan, based on a 2006 novel, and I was not disappointed at all, it was just as amazing and joyful as I had hoped! The incredible cast (made up of only twelve) brought to life the tale of how an orphan ended up becoming the boy who never grew up, with minimum sets and props, leaving the audience to really use its own imagination as the tale unfolded. The script was so darn witty and packed with tons of modern day references that I could easily see it again to catch all the many nuances. I particularly loved the character of Blackstache (who ends up becoming Captain Hook, without giving too much away), John Sanders was beyond hilarious and his performance alone is worth seeing this play live on stage. If you love the story of Peter Pan, you simply cannot miss your chance to find out what transpired before Peter Pan ended up flying Wendy, Michael and John off to Neverland. The show is playing now through January 12th (get tickets here), I seriously can’t recommend Peter and the Starcatcher enough, it’s absolutely pure theater magic!
Based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the imaginative play tells the tale of an orphan who heads to a faraway land, where he finds love, friendship, and ultimately himself. The company of 12 actors plays more than 100 unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? (Visit the show’s official website)