The opening tonight of Peter Pan at the Aronoff Center for the Arts at Procter and Gamble Hall in downtown Cincinnati was incredible. The stage design, costumes, special effects as well as the acting made this performance mesmerizing to all that attended. This production has several well developed dance and musical routines to entertain and amaze the audience, including “I’m Flying”, “Neverland”, “I don’t want to grow up”, and “I got to crow”.
Peter Pan which is one of the most popular children’s tales of all time and is currently running at the Aronoff Center until March 17th. The story is based on the novel by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. This production whisks you away to Neverland where your imagination is free to explore again all the magic of your childhood dreams. This land has many adventures, quests, and battles filled with pirates, indians, and fairies.
The story is of an independent and mischievous young boy who escapes to Neverland to avoid growing up, adults take life to serious and don’t have fun. He is the captain of Neverland, others who live there are The Lost Boys which are orphans, also there are pirates, fairies, indians and mermaids. Neverland is always a adventure for those young in heart. However, to Peter who is a lonely boy of sorts, and to his friends The Lost Boys who crave parental affection it is still missing something. A mother to take care of them someone to tell bedtime stories. Peter recruits Wendy, and her brothers John and Michael to spend time with him and the others. He likes that Wendy tells stories and looks after him.
The show features Tony award nominee and Olympian Cathy Rigby. She gave a brilliant performance as Peter Pan. Her acrobatics, masterful sword fighting, and singing entices the audience leaving them wanting more.
Brent Barrett as Captain Hook was superb as the villain. He was witty, sinister, dark, and engaging yet humorous at times. Great opposite to Cathy Rigby.
Krista Buccellato was excellent in the role of Wendy. She expressed greatly the caring and nurturing aspects of her character to Peter Pan and The Lost Boys.
However, all the actors and actresses added value to this family friendly show and made it jewel in the Broadway in Cincinnati series.
More information on this performance or future shows is available on the Broadway across America website at: http://cincinnati.broadway.com/