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Peter Pan

a Musical Comedy
by J.M. Barrie (book), Jule Styne & Moose Charlap (music), Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden & Adolph Green (lyrics)

COMPANY : Atlanta Lyric Theatre
VENUE : Jennie T. Anderson Theatre-Cobb Civic Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 4772

SHOWING : August 14, 2015 - August 30, 2015



When mischievous fairy Tinkerbell sprinkles her pixie dust on Atlanta’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, get ready for the ride of your lives. Peter Pan visits the nursery of the Darling children, and off they go on a magical musical journey. Along the way, they bump into a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and the villainous Captain Hook. With unforgettable songs like "I Won’t Grow Up," "I’ve Gotta Crow" and "I’m Flying," the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s "Peter Pa"n is the perfect show for the adventurous kid in everyone.

Director Jeff McKerley
Slightly Matt Alea
Peter Pan Leslie Bellair
Smee Candler Budd
Indian Arielle Geller
Pirate Avery Gillham
Pirate Rex Glover
Tiger Lily Natalie Rhae Goodwin
Mr. Darling/Captain Hook Alan Kilpatrick
Cecco John Markowski
Michael Joseph Masson
Pirate Adam Sechelski
Indian Allie Stewart
Mrs. Darling/Older Wendy Debra Stipe
Pirate Brian Turner
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They’re Flying
by playgoer
Friday, September 4, 2015
"Peter Pan," that crowd-pleasing family musical with a score by two different song-writing teams, is providing Marietta with a glimpse into a magical Neverland. Peter, the boy who won’t grow up, is portrayed by the gamine-like Leslie Bellair. With her pixie haircut, loose-fitting jerkin, and high boots, she does a very creditable job of passing for a boy. Her performance is a delight from start to finish, and even her flying, while not rivaling Cathy Rigby’s, is thoroughly captivating.

John Iacovelli’s set design alternates drops and set pieces to portray the various locales called for in the script. The drops aren’t terribly impressive, but the set pieces work very well, taking us from an Edwardian nursery to the Lost Boys’ woodsy home to Captain Hook’s pirate ship. André C. Allen’s lighting design makes sure all the scenes are visible, and that Tinkerbell’s shenanigans have the desired magical effect. Bobby Johnston’s sound design makes sure everyone can be heard, but the voices of the youngest cast members are muddied by the amplification.

Costumes, designed by Amanda Edgerton, and wigs, designed by George Deavours, make this a visually stunning production. Indians, pirates, and Edwardians – what a variety is required! Add in Nana the nanny dog and the crocodile (both performed admirably by Remington Bogdanovich), and you have a costumer’s dream assignment. I only wish that flying harnesses could have been incorporated more smoothly in the costumes, since costumes puffed out noticeably in back where wires were attached.

Performances are very good overall. Devon Hales is a delight as Wendy (and later as Jane), and Debra Stipe makes a very elegant Mrs. Darling. Natalie Rhae Goodwin is chipper and cheery as Tiger Lily, while Candler Budd is full of low comedy as Smee. Only Alan Kilpatrick misses the mark as Captain Hook. He seems to be giving a Jeff McKerley performance – which is perhaps not altogether surprising, since Mr. McKerley directed – but a lot of the flourishes that would work in Mr. McKerley’s hands ring false in Mr. Kilpatrick’s.

The ensemble perform Ricardo Aponte’s energetic choreography with aplomb, and B.J. Brown’s music direction has them all singing loud and clear. The fact that a pre-recorded soundtrack is used doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. With many of the cast being high school age or younger, a perfectly consistent accompaniment probably helped in the rehearsal process.

All in all, this "Peter Pan" is a delight. The timing of the production may not be ideal, with December’s TV production still a fresh memory and with "Finding Neverland" currently playing on Broadway, but it does a splendid job of bringing a well-loved story to life. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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