Music by Morris (Moose) Charlap, Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, additional music by Jule Styne, original choreography & adaptation by Jerome Robbins
Spreckels Theatre Company
Runs through May 20, 2018
“I know a place where dreams are born, and time is never planned …” And if you’ve ever loved making the flight to Neverland, or you have a generation in your household that hasn’t been there yet, whisk yourself to Spreckels Performing Arts Center for a most wonderful, magical and memorable journey. Spreckels Theatre Company has pulled out all the stops for this one, and it comes together beautifully, with a terrific cast, dynamite scenic visuals, and creative staging. Don’t miss this stellar production, that must end all too soon on May 20.
The timeless 1904 play by J.M. Barrie was adapted for the stage in 1954 with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, additions by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Morris (Moose) Charlap, plus additional tunes by Jule Styne. A perennial favorite on stage, it has also reached millions via televised or screen versions and the Disney animation. There is something unquenchable about the tale of a boy who refuses to grow up and bow to convention, a resourceful orphan and his fantastical world of Lost Boys, Pirates, and Warriors.
Spreckels brings us the full, uncut version, including all delightful dances and reprises, so the show runs about two and 1/2 hours. But that includes two generous intermissions to accommodate young patrons’ need to stretch and bounce about in the lobby before settling back down, wide-eyed, to follow Peter’s antics. The title role, played by a spunky, golden-voiced Sarah Wintermeyer, has seldom been performed better, to my eye and ear. Thankfully, Peter is matched by a host of first-rate actors in other roles and ensemble, making for an excellent and thoroughly satisfying performance. …
To continue reading about this production, see my Talkin’Broadway.com review: