Believe Again With ABT’s PETER PAN


 

– By Caitlin C. Miller

Do you believe in fairies? Well perhaps I’m going through a quarter-life crisis, because I walked out of the Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of Peter Pan a believer. Peter Pan, the classic and well-loved musical, which resembles the original J.M. Barrie play more than the beloved Disney adaptation, is easy to love. The rambunctious Lost Boys, the adorably menacing Pirates of the Jolly Roger under the command of the sinister Captain Hook and the sweet (albeit dysfunctional) Darling family are all familiar, yet they soar to new heights under the loving direction of Mace Archer.

While the star of any show is going to be given special notice in any review, it cannot be stressed enough that David Errigo, Jr. in the title role truly does carry the show. Jokes that are otherwise outdated are charming when they practically bubble from his mouth, and his energy can be felt all the way in the furthest seats. Errigo is perfect in the role, every bit as playful, swaggering, charming, obtusely immature and sincere as you remember Peter being the first time you met him. His Peter was so believable that it would not have been a surprise if all the children (and a few of the grown-ups) in the audience had followed him into the night, second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning.

The only criticism that can be found is the source material’s portrayal of Native Americans, but it should be noted that this is the fault of the original story, not of the wonderfully talented artists whose performance was visually beautiful.

Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Peter Pan, which runs through August 17, is an experience not to be missed, with great food (provided exclusively by Center Stage Catering, who deserves a five-star review all their own), big laughs and good fun for the entire family.

Arizona Broadway Theatre is located at 7701 West Paradise Lane in Peoria. For more information, call 623.776.8400 or visit www.azbroadway.org.

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