BWW Reviews: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Launches its National Tour with an Imagination Celebration at the Denver Center
I loved this play with music (Written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker), with a story and a live music soundtrack that carried everyone on the adventure of this newly comprised children's story. The songs were such a nice touch that helped to enhance the energy of this show! Roger Rees and Alex Timbers were a dream team in direction and were spot on with their diverse and young cast (several of them on their first national tour) that kept up with this physically demanding show. There was never a dull moment and the show flowed effortlessly. I was in absolute awe of designer, Donyale Werle and appreciated the simplistic, childish playfulness that he infused into this awesome set. Ropes, flags, crates, and so many other items were re imagined to create sets and scenes as they would be on any elementary school playground. Once the company came to the island, the stage was full of color and more inventive surprises awaited and delighted us. I also adored all of the fine details that were incorporated into this proscenium arch that was actually build for the tour or recycled materials. The contrasting designs by costumes designer Paloma Young were fascinating and I appreciated the fact that the dingy costumes kept you grounded in the reality while the talented actors transported you into magical lands. Her attention to detail for the mermaids was utterly inventive and it was a true highlight of the show. Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter was quite good and I liked that the first act was a little darker and more intense, while the second act was more of a coming into self and full of light and shimmering color. I am not sure if it was the directors or the sound designer's (Darron L West) decision to put the two main band on either side of the stage, but it was a wonderful highlight to me and they blended in to the soundtrack of the play perfectly as to not distract from the plot. Steven Hoggett deserves a standing ovation for his amazing work with the movement of the show. Every move in the first act was choreographed and staged and absolutely transfixed the audience. The fight direction by Jacob Grigolia?Rosenbaum was also full of energy and action, while keeping to that childlike playground quality. This entire production team as a whole came together to compliment one another to make this show work and achieve its full potential!
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