TV: Jeff Croiter on His Shining Moment and the Privilege of Building PETER AND THE STARCATCHER from the Ground Up

By: Jun. 14, 2012
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Jeff Croiter is this year's recipient of the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Not typically in front of the corwd, Croiter sat down with BroadwayWorld to talk all about his shining moment.

On Broadway, Croiter has also served as Lighting Designer for Newsies, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Next Fall, and Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway. Off Broadway production featuring his lighting designs include The Last Smoker in America, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Silence: The Musical, Love, Loss And What I Wore, among dozens of others. He is additionally the producer of Submissions Only.

The acclaimed new American play by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice is directed by Tony Award-winner Roger Rees and Drama Desk Award-winner and Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). It began preview performances on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 28 and officially opened on April 15.

Based on The New York Times best selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is described as "an innovative and imaginative new play, in which a company of twelve actors plays some 50 characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up? This epic origin story of one of popular culture's most enduring and beloved characters proves that an audience's imagination can be the most captivating place in the world."

The cast of Peter in the Starcatcher includes: Christian Borle, Tony nominated for his role as ‘Black Stache’ (and star of NBC’s “Smash”); Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tony nominated for her role as ‘Molly,’ the titular Starcatcher; and Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) as ‘Boy’, along with Teddy Bergman, Arnie Burton, Matt D’Amico, Kevin Del Aguila, Carson Elrod, Greg Hildreth, Rick Holmes, Isaiah Johnson, David Rossmer, Betsy Hogg, Orville Mendoza, Jason Ralph and John Sanders.

The creative team includes Wayne Barker (Music), Steven Hoggett (Movement), Marco Paguia (Music Direction), Donyale Werle (Scenic Design), Paloma Young (Costume Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design) and Darron L West (Sound Design).

Peter and the Starcatcher is produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, Disney Theatrical Productions, Suzan & Ken Wirth/DeBartolo Miggs, Catherine Schreiber, Daveed Frazier & Mark Thompson, Jack Lane, Jane Dubin, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, Baer & Casserly/Nathan Vernon, Rich Affannato/Peter Stern, Brunish & Trinchero/Laura Little Productions, Larry Hirschhorn/Hummel & Greene, Jamie deRoy & Probo Prods./Radio Mouse Ent., Hugh Hysell/Freedberg & Dale, and New York Theatre Workshop.