'Smash' star to reprise role in play
Christian Borle, one of the stars of upcoming NBC skein “Smash,” will return for Broadway’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” after all.Borle, a legit regular (“Legally Blonde,” “Monty Python’s Spamalot”) getting a TV break as one of the lead characters on the heavily-promoted “Smash,” appeared in the Off Broadway bow of “Peter” last spring. However, it was generally expected his commitments to the series gig would keep him out of the Main Stem transfer of the Peter Pan prequel. Last season Borle won a Lucille Lortel Award for his perf in the show as pirate nemesis Black Stache. He’ll reprise the role in the Broadway version of “Peter,” which begins previews March 28 ahead of an April 15 opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. With “Smash” yet to premiere — much less get picked up for a second season — Borle will stay in the stage production as long as he’s able, depending on the success of the NBC series. Given his involvement in the much-hyped TV show, Borle was the most prominent question mark in the Broadway casting of “Peter.” Otherwise, it’s expected that most of the actors from the Off Broadway incarnation will reprise their parts in the Rialto version. Off Broadway production also starred Adam Chanler-Berat as Peter and Celia Kenan-Bolger as the titular starcatcher. A rep for the production wouldn’t confirm Borle’s casting. “Smash,” which has a premiere screening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week, bows on NBC Feb. 6.