Jule Styne and Mark Charlap
Lyrics by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Carolyn Leigh
Book by James M. Barrie
Directed and Choreographed by Connor Gallagher
Briggs Opera House
In almost all other productions of Peter Pan, Peter, Wendy and her brothers fly on wires in proscenium theatres with twenty and thirty foot ceilings. The lighting grid in the Briggs Opera House is eleven feet above the stage floor, reduced further still by the set. Do they fly? Yes. How? No spoilers here, but the effect, more like dancing than levitation, is both convincing and entertaining. Connor Gallagher has pulled off an astonishing tour de force, filling the theatre with flash and drama. The pacing and movement are close to unbelievable.
Connor Gallagher, who shoulders the responsibility for both the direction and the choreography for the show, deserves his own home in Neverland. The magic is there on stage. Connor has grown beyond his rich capabilities as a choreographer to begin to embrace more comfortably the direction of the actors as well.