Christian Borle just nabbed a Tony for his perf in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” but he can’t stick around to enjoy it for long: He’ll exit the production June 30 to return to his TV gig on “Smash.”
Matthew Saldivar (“A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Wedding Singer”) will take over Borle’s part in the “Peter Pan” prequel, playing the scheming pirate who will eventually become Captain Hook.
Borle’s stint in the show was always expected to be temporary given his prior commitment to “Smash.” He had previously played the part in a developmental workshop at the La Jolla Playhouse and then again in the title’s New York Theater Workshop bow in 2011, but it had initially appeared that his tube work would prevent him from returning to the role for the show’s Broadway transfer. The production began Rialto previews in late March.
Borle’s trophy for supporting actor was one of five Tonys picked up by the production, which dominated the design categories with kudos for set (Donyale Werle), costumes (Paloma Young), lights (Jeff Croiter) and sound (Darron L. West).
“Peter” has gained steam at the box office in recent weeks, and its Tony haul seems likely to contribute to the momentum. Last week the show took in around $575,000 and played to houses at 80% of capacity.