Play will open at Atkinson this spring
Peter Pan prequel “Peter and the Starcatcher” has caught itself a Broadway home, with the show set to begin perfs in March at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.
Play is one more piece of the 2011-12 Rialto season clicking to place as up-and-running productions lose steam in the post-holiday slump. “Peter” snatches up its spot from “Relatively Speaking,” the trio of one-acts by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May that has recently seen sales dwindle despite healthy early frames.
“Relatively Speaking” shutters Jan. 29. Among other theaters to come up for grabs in recent days, the Walter Kerr, former home to short-lived tuner “Lysistrata Jones,” will be home to “Clybourne Park,” while soon-to-shutter “Chinglish” will make way for the spring bow of “Magic/Bird” at the Longacre.
“Peter,” which earned generally glowing reviews in an Off Broadway run last season, reps yet another new play added to the season sked, alongside a slate that also includes “Other Desert Cities” and the upcoming “The Columnist,” among others.
Casting for the Rialto incarnation of “Peter” remains to be announced, although it’s generally expected that the majority of the Off Broadway cast — which included Adam Chanler-Berat as Peter Pan and Celia Keenan-Bolger as the titular starcatcher — will return. The one definite exception is Christian Borle, who previously played Peter’s familiar pirate nemesis but won’t be back due to his starring role on NBC skein “Smash.”
Helmed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, the play by Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”) is adapted from a 2004 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Developed by Disney Theatrical Prods., which remains affiliated with the production, show is produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price and Tom Smedes.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” begins previews March 28 ahead of an April 15 opening.