Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
March 18, 2012
Closing:
January 12, 2014

Theater: New World Stages / 340 West 50th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel, the play features a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters and uses their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. Don't miss this epic origin story of one of popular culture's most enduring and beloved characters and discover the Neverland you never knew.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages)

    Effortless Flights of Fancy

    Ben Brantley

    April 15, 2013: I suppose you could say that “Peter” is a coming-of-age tale about how Boy comes into his extraordinariness. But it’s equally about our willingness, with the help of some highly skilled guides, to accept the extraordinary, to will ourselves into believing that what the actors tell us is happening is really happening.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages)

    Peter and the Starcatcher

    Melissa Rose Bernardo

    April 15, 2012: Orphans are having a great year on Broadway, thanks to the scrappy singing paperboys of Newsies and now the scruffy teenage shipmates anchoring Peter and the Starcatcher. (Just wait until this fall's revival of Annie.) Unlike most shows about parentless children, though, this cleverly produced Peter Pan prequel — adapted from a 2004 children’s book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson by Tony-winning Jersey Boys librettist Rick Elice — aims for the funny bone rather than the heartstrings.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages)

    Pan show high on its own starstuff

    Mark Kennedy

    November 22, 2013: Try as it might – and it tries awfully hard – "Peter and the Starcatcher" needs a lot more pixie dust to fly.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages)

    Peter and the Starcatcher: Theater Review

    David Rooney

    April 15, 2012: This adaptation of the Peter Pan origin story is rich in antic humor and theatrical invention, but the stardust loses potency and becomes a tad precious on a larger stage.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages)

    NY Review: 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

    David Sheward

    April 15, 2012: Has "Peter and the Starcatcher," the dazzlingly fun riff on the Peter Pan legend that lit up the intimate New York Theatre Workshop last season, lost any of its luster in a trip to the Never Never Land of Broadway? When this clever and joyous entertainment opened last March, there were immediate murmurings about a Main Stem transfer. There were also fears that Rick Elice's adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's novel would lose its special charm in a cavernous Midtown theater. I'm happy to report that "Peter" has not given up a speck of its fairy dust–infused whimsy. This is a celebration of youth and of the power of theater to inspire children and adults alike.

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