Every year, Santa gives my parents the gift of Broadway under the tree (ahem, heavily discounted tickets that take much research to find!).
Now this year, they lucked out with the weather (normally it rains or snows) and enjoyed a rare spring-like day in the middle of January to see Peter and the Starcatcher.
Finding a musical or a play to appease both parents does present a challenge. My dad is the type to fall asleep during Finding Nemo: the Musical and when it comes to movies, he’s been known to plant himself in front of the Chiller channel on TV for hours. My mom, on the other hand, is pretty much pleased with anything. The other kicker is I like to have SEEN the show beforehand so I know there’s a strong recommendation backing it. (Hey, I help Santa out as much as I can.) In the past, we’ve given my parents tickets to Chicago, Memphis, Mamma Mia, and Guys and Dolls, all of which seemed to be big hits with them.
On a lower budget than normal and with less of a variety than I care to see on Broadway this holiday season, buying tickets for them to see Peter and the Starcatcher seems like a no-brainer but it didn’t come to me until last minute.
With the show closing on January 20, I knew I wanted to get them in there in time. (Unfortunately/fortunately for my dad, we didn’t have the Jets in the playoffs to worry about either.)
So what did they think?
That’s right… two thumbs up!
I was happy to see both my parents come out of the theater will huge smiles on their faces. My dad even admitted he cried a little bit at the end, and my mom thought the show was very funny. (She said she had “researched” the show by watching Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan videos on YouTube beforehand.) My dad compared Black Stache to Groucho Marx, and found the humor to be perfect for adults. (Both remarked how there weren’t any children in the theater.) My dad also couldn’t help but comment on the scenery and props: “It couldn’t cost that much to do! They used ropes and boxes!”
Those sounded like glowing reviews to me!
Afterwards, we enjoyed a fine meal as my parents tried to relive their times at the BoardWalk Resort and order Irish coffees.
Oh those crazy kids!
…here’s wishing the cast and crew of Peter and the Starcatcher lots of love for the remainder of their run!
See you Off-Broadway!