Critics are hooked: Peter and the Starcatcher Review Round-Up

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The imaginative new American play about the boy who wouldn’t grow up by Rick Elice, directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre April 15. Peter and the Starcatcher, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, had its first run last March when it premiered Off Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop. It played. It played a sold out run, which was extended because of demand. Peter and the Starcatcher set a record for the highest grossing single day in New York Theatre Workshop’s history. The production received five Drama Desk nominations, two Obie Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and a Henry Hewes Design Award for Best Lighting.

The Broadway production is gunning for similar acclaim. Reviews are in and by most accounts this show is sure to let your imagination sail. Peter and the Starcatcher provides a whimsical account of Peter Pan’s prelude and Christian Borle’s performance decidedly steals the show. His ‘Black Stache’, later and more popularly known as ‘Captain Hook’, is described as deliciously rewarding and appropriately over the top. Chanler-Berat’s ‘Peter’ isn’t too shabby either and the cast of twelve works beautifully together, taking turns to narrate the story, assuming prescribed roles and covering around 50 characters in all.

The show isn’t universally loved; many critics noting the school kid puns and how the show tries too hard to appeal to both kids and adults—not believing they successfully achieve either. Even those unimpressed can’t deny the masterful inventiveness.

Here’s our review round-up: