Cathy Rigby, of Olympian fame, has been playing the iconic role of Peter Pan for 20 years. Her agility, talent, and energy shines onstage at the ornate, historic Cadillac Palace Theatre, as she constantly dances and prances, accompanied by her brightly lit sidekick, Tinkerbell, as she hangs swiftly by a wire, gliding through the air. This production, with spectacular music, lyrics (Moose Charlap, Jule Styne, Carolyn Leigh); and choreography (Paul Rubin) rivals the long running Broadway show, starring Mary Martin. Some of the finest in musical theatre has been set against the backdrop of Britain's working class, among them Mary Poppins, Tommy, Sweeney Todd, Billy Elliot, Tommy, and Oliver.
From the Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie's fertile imagination comes the 'mother of all fairy tales,' about an ageless, mischievous boy and an ordinary girl who have adventures in the fantasy setting of 'Neverland.' Now, in this breathtaking show, the audience magically escapes into Neverland, allowing all senses to be swept away on a fantastical journey with the Darling children, Wendy, Michael and John. (Krista Buccellato, Sophie Sooter/Hadley Belle Miller; and Lexy Baeza). Neverland, an exotic, faraway place, where dreams indeed do come true. Captain Hook (Brent Barrett) and Tiger Lily (Jenna Wright)'s performances are standouts, leading the gang of Lost Boys and Pirates; among this ensemble is the multi-talented, Los Angeles native, Sam Zeller.
Many of J.M Barrie's profound quotes ring true in this production: "All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust...dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough...Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning."
In this treachourous world we live in, amidst schoolhouse shootings of innocent children, let the fantasy and magic of Peter Pan help us face our pain, grief and sorrows...to temporarily escape life's woes. "Wherever you go... there you are..." What better way to start a new year than by entering a timeless world - a land of possibility and exploration. The audience is magically transported to a simpler, gentler time and place, with literally uplifting songs, such as "I/m Flying," and "I Gotta Crow," and "I Won't Grow Up." Of particular note is the opening song and dance number in the second act: "Ugg-a-Wugg,' featuring Peter, Wendy, Tiger Lily, Lost Boys, and Indians. A little nostalgia and a lot of fun will be had by all at "Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan," at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago. Peter Pan is a brilliant choice of a show- an eternal favorite for all generations.
Through Feb. 10th
Tuesdays 7:30 PM; Wednesdays 2:00 & 7:00 PM; Thursdays 2:00 & 7:30 PM; Fridays 7:30 PM; Saturdays 2:00 & 8:00 PM; Sundays 2:00 & 7:30PM
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.