Cathy Rigby blows them all away, twisting and turning as she careens overhead in PETER PAN, now through Sunday at Starlight.
Those oohs and ahhhs– they were coming from the kiddies, to be sure. But more than a few of Ms Rigby’s fellow boomers had to be wondering– how the hell does she do that, six nights a week?
The national tour of PETER PAN starring Cathy Rigby is a muscular affair.
It’s hard to imagine the elegant Mary Martin (who created the role) or perky Sandy Duncan, who followed Martin, measuring up to the sheer athleticism of Silver Medalist Rigby.
The pixie-sized herself, Rigby carries off the role of the world’s most famous lost boy (okay, next to those guys in Oasis) without the kind of commenting on the role that got in the way of its previous leading ladies. Rigby makes Peter a flesh and blood, too-old-for-his-years little boy out there; and the touching finale, when Peter returns to find Wendy all grown up, really works as a result.
Brent Barrett plays an imposing Captain Hook– the kind of matinee idol turn that will keep Starlight mommies happy (I saw Barrett play opposite Jane Krakowski in GRAND HOTEL years ago– he was just as hunky back then).
Ably directed by Glenn Casale, the tour features Patti Columbo‘s inventive choreography. John Iacovelli‘s set looks great— when it finally gets dark.
I’d sit in the middle, rather than to the sides, though, if you want to be able to see the whole thing (and all of the action).
And then there’s that flying.
I don’t think it’s too much of a giveaway to say that no one has ever covered as much Starlight airspace as Ms Rigby in her unforgettable curtain call. Bats and stray birds better watch their wingspans— Peter Pan is coming through, to thedelight of everyone on hand for this wonderful revival.