Peter Pan is an enchanting musical that both young and old can thoroughly enjoy. The musical, with music and lyrics by Moose Charlap, Carolyn Leigh, Jule Styne, Adolf Green, and Betty Comden, is the tale of a boy named Peter Pan, who refuses to grow up. Cathy Rigby stars in this performance, taking its audience on a thrilling adventure and a fulfilling musical journey. While the show left much to be desired in the form of acting, it was undoubtedly strong in its entertainment in the style of song and dance.
We are introduced to Peter Pan very early in the show. Rigby's movement choices fit the character perfectly. She runs about the stage in a youthful and energetic fashion, making it very believable that she is not only a boy, but a young boy. In this way, her acting is very strong. However, when Rigby begins her first song, I Gotta Crow, her character takes a gigantic leap in the wrong direction. As she sings, it is evident that there is a middle-aged woman on the stage performing a song. Her vocals do not even begin to match the character she had so wonderfully begun
to establish. Obviously the task of taking on a character that is blatantly opposite one's physical being is difficult. Nevertheless, stronger choices could have been made by Rigby to alter her vocals to better suit her character and make him more credible.
The fact that Rigby's singing was not perfectly appropriate, failed to ruin the entirety of the show. There were many magical moments in this show that could easily leave one with a childlike grin stretching across their face. When Peter Pan teaches the children to fly, it was a truly stunning and charming moment. Rigby is spectacular here as she soars back and forth suspended by wires. Her physical ability is fantastically spotlighted. The only thing that damaged the scene was the lack of enthusiasm the three children expressed at the fact they were flying. It would have been sui