On Thursday, April 23rd, Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Executive Artistic Director, Colleen Petrucci, will welcome the next installment of their One Spectacular Season as they take on the classic production, “Peter Pan”. Making its début in 1954 on Broadway, “Peter Pan” follows the story of Peter, a hell-raising boy who refuses to grow up, and oh yeah…He can fly.
Peter spends most of his carefree days in Neverland, keeping company with mermaids, pirates, The Lost Boys, and a precocious fairy named Tinkerbell. The original musical featured Mary Martin as Peter, and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, earning both performers a Tony Award.
And now, under the direction of Michael Licatta, PMT’s cast and crew will create a wondrous experience for theater goers in the Pittsburgh area.
Reprising the role of Peter will be Michelle Coben, a PMT participant for 10 years, now studying Musical Theater at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Coben expressed her excitement about taking part in her 27th production with PMT.
“Playing Peter Pan at this point in my life is an absolute dream come true. I have had to transform the way I think, move, and react to the way that this young boy would in his everyday life. It has given me a chance to embody a character that is so extremely loved and well-known, and make him my own,” said Coben.
This role has challenged me as an artist in the best kind of way, and allows me to simply play on stage. It is truly an actor’s dream, and it brings me so much joy.”
Opposite Coben, the vicarious Tim Hartman will play Captain Hook. Hartman will be sure to give the audience a raucously entertaining experience, as he’s been known to do so many times.
City favorite and former Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterback, Charlie Batch, will make his way back to the stage for his second role with PMT. Batch, who started The Batch Foundation in 1999, first joined the PMT when he took on the role as a circus strongman in Seussical The Musical last year.
“Most people who know me say I’m just a big kid at heart, so a production that sings ‘I won’t grow up’ may just be a perfect fit for me,” said Batch. “I’m honored that the Pittsburgh Musical Theater is making room for me on their stage again this year.”
Dr. Brent Alexander, Musical Director, will orchestrate numbers like, “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying.”, and Lisa Elliott will provide choreography.
The cast will hold autograph sessions after the show, and guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Peter Pan character for the chance to win prizes. I’ll need to check with the authorities to see if I’m actually allowed to wear tights in public again, but I’m hopeful. Stay tuned, Pittsburgh.
“Peter Pan” runs April 23-May 3. For ticketing information, call 412.456.6666 or visit PMT Online