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As you have hopefully read by now, I recently saw Peter and the Starcatcher. It is an amazing play that really comes to life in the hands of the twelve stunning actors (and actress) who occupy the stage during the course of the two-hour show.
Adam Chanler-Berat plays “Boy,” a young nameless orphan who earns a name as the show. Molly, the young starcatcher who befriends the orphan boys, is played by the gorgeous Celia Keenan-Bolger. Christian Borle plays the infamous “Black Stache,” the precursor to Captain Hook.
Rick Elice has done a phenomenal job with transforming the book into a play. He has created so many funny and memorable moments.
Wayne Barker did an amazing job composing the few songs that populate this play, creating sounds that gently infiltrate your consciousness.
Donyale Werle, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play, definitely deserves the Tony. It is an absolutely stunning set that uses household items to really portray the scene changes. I could actually feel the scene changes in this show, and their main prop in the First Act is a length of rope.
I love the story line, and definitely want to go back and see the show. Every little bit of it is so amazing. I was laughing the entire show. It’s amazing!
- Peter and the Starcatcher: Barnes & Noble Live Event (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- The Tony Awards 2012 (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Five Fabulous Friday Favorites! (June 22, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
Here’s a list of some favorite things from the past week!
Favorite Acapella YouTube Video:
Favorite Off-Broadway Show:
Favorite YouTube from a Friend:
Hope you enjoyed! Share your Friday Favorites in the comments below!!! Thanks all!
I know. It’s awful. I slacked off. I didn’t post this on Thursday, and you’re probably reading this late.
I do have an excuse! I was really busy. It was my last days of my volunteer year, and I was trying really hard to live it up,
Tuesday June 19
This was my second to last day of work, and I got out super early…like before noon early. And there was no way I wanted to head straight home. So I walked. A lot. I went over to Broadway and walked from 6th Street to 39th Street, where I went to Lord & Taylor.
Br. Ed had given me a men’s sweater to return to Lord & Taylor, and told me to get something for myself. I spent almost 5 months trying to find the perfect purchase, and I finally found it. A bottle of Versace perfume that had elements of all my favorite perfumes from over the years. It literally smells like all the parts of perfumes that I have ever liked combined together, and it is AMAZING. The perfume came with a white Versace bag, and the sales clerk gave me two full-size samples of Versace lotion, and several handfuls of other perfume samples.
All in all, it was an amazing purchase, and I smile when I smell the perfume.
Wednesday June 20
We were supposed to sit in the front row of the third mezzanine, but when we got there, the usher relocated us to the center of the first row of the second mezzanine. We had a stunning view of the stage, and were able to look down and see all the exciting things happening in the Orchestra level.
Zarkana is an acrobatic rock opera that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange.
The story follows Zark, a magician who has lost his powers – and the love of his life – in an abandoned theatre populated by a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats. He runs into the Mutants, four sirens as sinister as they are fabulous, who are determined to divert him from his quest.
Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted musical and acrobatic fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained.
This show is really well done. The music was amazing, and all the acrobatics were phenomenal. It was a lot to take in at once, though, and for most of the show, I felt overwhelmed and confused. I didn’t understand the storyline, and I didn’t know what they were singing about. I’m glad that I have at least seen a Cirque du Soleil show, though!
Thursday June 21
Thursday means Broadway Show League! I broke out my brand-new awesome Newsies baseball cap to watch Newsies take on Warhorse, and come out victorious. MVP of the game was Mr. Ryan Breslin (aka the birthday boy)! Rumor has it he hit a full cycle, and he was catching everything that was hit his way. I was literally stunned by his playing. Whatever he had for breakfast was really working for him! See the end of the post for pictures!
Then I went out to Times Square to meet up with Caroline. We were going to try for Peter and the Starcatcher tickets via the lottery, and the show had sent us lotsa starstuff…because we won! Caroline’s name was the first one called! It was super exciting, and I couldn’t believe it!
We waited around the theatre until she bought the tickets, and then we walked down 8th Ave until we heard from her grandma and aunt about meeting them for dinner. So like the good Fansies we are, we walked past the Newsies theatre on 41st on our way back up to 47th. Only a fansie could walk from one corner on 47th to another corner on 47th and manage to pass the Nederlander Theatre.
After dinner, we headed to the show. Can I just say that, for me, Peter and the Starcatcher is to plays what Newsies is to musicals. It was fantastic. I loved the way they used basic household items to create these amazing places, and each actor was phenomenal in their roles. I truly felt transported to another time, and I can’t wait to try and lotto again.
I’m going to actually write a real review for this show, so I won’t reveal too much here, but the three “leads” were absolutely amazing, and really bring the magic to life. The show if phenomenal and everyone should go see it!
- Newsies Softball Game – May 17, 2012 (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
Barnes and Noble does all sorts of really interesting events, and the ones in New York are by far the best! That’s why last Thursday, I had an AMAZING opportunity.
Peter and the Starcatcher (5-Time Tony Award Winner) had recently released its annotated script (which is simply stunning, by the way. I think there should be one for Newsies), and B&N was hosting an event for it. They invited Ridley Pearson (author of Peter and the Starcatchers with Dave Barry, and The Kingdom Keepers) to host the event, and they brought in Director Rick Elice, and the three of the lead stars from the show: Christian Borle, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Adam Chanler-Berat.
The format was pretty simple. Before the even started, twitter followers for @StarcatcherBway were invited to tweet in their questions. Ridley Pearson used those as a jumping block for questions to ask the cast, and he really only needed to ask three or so questions, because they were really good at telling the story of how the script came from a book, through La Jolla, to NY Theatre Workshop, to Broadway.
It was amazing seeing how connected they all are, and how they constantly give credit to each other for the show getting to where it is today. You can really see the camaraderie that defines their show come out in their interactions off stage.
After the question session, they all set up at a table and prepared to sign several copies of the script. They were all wonderful and were excited to hear what their fans had to say. They responded accordingly, and just had huge smiles on their faces the entire time. They are such a funny, warm, and welcoming group of people! It was amazing!
I was really excited to meet Ridley Pearson because he wrote the Kingdom Keepers, which is this awesome book series that my youngest sister and I just absolutely adore! It’s like mystery and adventure and excitement meet Disney.
Christian Borle is phenomenal, I’m surprised I was able to say thank you without stumbling over my words. I was so overwhelmed about being in the presence of such an amazing and impressive actor. I watch him on SMASH too, and I literally am stunned at how fabulous he is.
Celia Keenan-Bolger, big sister to Andrew Keenan-Bolger, is absolutely stunning. Girl has style, class, and an amazing voice. She can act the pants off of anyone. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: She could wear a paper bag and still look gorgeous. I definitely stumbled through my words to her, but man, she is so down to earth, and so kind to everyone.
Adam Chanler-Berat was adorable. Literally, I cannot explain him any other way. He’s funny, charming, and sweet. I was so impressed by how humble he is too! Everyone was trying to say that bringing him into the PATSC world brought the magic that was missing, and he was all bashful and shy about it, trying to credit them with the magic too. He is a winner in my eyes!
Meeting Rick Elice was almost too much for me to handle. By the time I got to him, I was already overwhelmed by all of the greatness and gratitude, and I feel like I made a fool of myself in front of him, stammering over words and sentences like none other.
Anyway, I also have some pictures from the event to share with you guys. Click on the images to make them larger!
For this week’s wishes, I wanted to feature five of the current plays in NYC that I really want to see. I’m still on Tony mode because of Sunday, but I talk too much about musicals (not really), so I’m focusing on plays!
- When John and his boyfriend take a break, the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams. Now he has a big choice to make. Don’t miss the American premiere of COCK, the gripping new play by Mike Bartlett. James Macdonald (Top Girls, Dying City) directs this Olivier Award-winning production from The Royal Court Theatre.
Harvey is a six-foot-tall rabbit invisible to everyone except Elwood, much to the exasperation of his sister, Veta. In order to save the family’s social reputation, Veta takes Elwood to the local sanatorium. But when the doctors mistakenly commit his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood—and Harvey—slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.
Peter and the Starcatcher
- A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel, the play features a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters and uses their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. Don’t miss this epic origin story of one of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved characters and discover the Neverland you never knew.
- Written and performed by Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or “potting”, all seven Harry Potter books into seventy madcap minutes. The two former Children’s BBC hosts are aided by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The show also invites audiences to engage in Dan and Jeff’s own special version of a game of Quidditch.
Venus in Fur
- Venus in Fur goes behind the scenes at an audition, where a man and a woman blur the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. A crackling exploration of sexual control and desire, the play combines the playwright’s rigor and wit.
Well that’s my weekly round-up of wishes! I’ve got plans to see a couple of these plays this summer…hopefully, I’ll get around to all of them!!!
- Wednesday Wishes! (June 6, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! Rainy Day Edition (May 23, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! May 30, 2012 (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes (May 9, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday Wishes! (May 16, 2012) (stephanieisms.wordpress.com)