NYC Theater Review: Peter Pan at The Theater at MSG
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Peter Pan Trivia
From printed page to the Broadway stage
- The first stage adaptation of J.M Barrie's classic children's story was mounted December 27, 1904 at London's Duke of York Theatre.
- The success of the initial production pretty much ensured its popularity as an annual Christmas event for Londoners for decades to come.
- Edwin Lester (founder of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera), obtained the American rights to Peter Pan and adapted it from the Barrie book as "a play with music" as a showcase for Mary Martin.
- The original score featured music by Mark Charlap and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.
- After a lukewarm reception in West Coast previews, Jerome Robbins, the show's director, pulled out the big Broadway guns, signing on lyricists Comden and Green (On the Town; Bells are Ringing) and composer Jule Styne (Funny Girl; Gypsy) to create additional songs, including the signature number, "Never Never Land."
- The version we've come to know and love debuted on Broadway in 1954 starring Ms. Martin, who won a Tony for her performance and reprised the role of Peter on TV three times: twice live in black and white (preserved on kinescope) and in a popular color version in 1960 that was broadcast during the '60s and '70s.
- Both Sandy Duncan (1979 revival) and Cathy Rigby (1990 revival) received Tony nominations for their portrayals of Peter. Rigby's second (1998) Broadway revival was telecastin 2000 in front of a live theater audience.
All the Details
Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza (between 31st and 33rd Streets)
- Wednesday, 12/14: 7pm
- Thursday, 12/15: 11am & 7pm
- Friday, 12/16: 7pm
- Saturday, 12/17: 2 & 7pm
- Sunday, 12/18: 1 & 6pm
- Tuesday, 12/20: 7pm
- Wednesday, 12/21: 2 & 7pm
- Thursday, 12/22: 2 & 7pm
- Friday, 12/23: 2 & 7pm
- Saturday, 12/24: 1pm
- Tuesday, 12/27: 2 & 7pm
- Wednesday, 12/28: 2 & 7pm
- Thursday, 12/29: 2 & 7pm
- Friday, 12/30: 2 & 7pm
Tickets: $35-$99; available at: www.theateratmsg.com or
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