Peter and the Starcatcher may be ending its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on January 20, but it turns out that the play with music still has life in it yet. The show’s producers just announced that Peter and the Starcatcher will continue life Off-Broadway. Not surprisingly, the production will transfer to the premiere venue for Broadway to Off-Broadway transfers, New World Stages.
Located in midtown Manhattan, just a stone’s throw from most of the Broadway theaters, New World Stages is an ideal venue for shows like Peter and the Starcatcher, which have enjoyed steady popularity but can’t quite sell enough tickets to make a profit in a Broadway house. Peter follows in the footsteps of such Broadway to Off-Broadway transfers as Rent, The 39 Steps, Million Dollar Quartet, and Avenue Q, which all moved to New World Stages (Avenue Q is still playing there on Stage 3).
Exact opening dates and casting information have yet to be announced, but Peter and the Starcatcher is expected to start performances in its new home this coming March.
Silence! the Musical, the parody of The Silence of the Lambs that has become an Off-Off-Broadway hit downtown, has announced that it will be moving up to the theater district and into a newly renovated 199-seat theater space. Located at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue (across from scenic Port Authority), the Elektra Theatre boasts “plush stadium seats and the best sight lines of any theatre in New York City,” according to a press release.
Being on the highly-trafficked West 42nd Street and just a stone’s throw from the heart of Times Square could make the Elektra Theatre a prime spot for Off-Broadway shows since it is no more of a hike for tourists than the average Broadway theater. Admittedly that particular corner has a somewhat seedy vibe, but that might give it just the right edgy feel for a cult hit like Silence! That block houses other performance spaces (used for comedy shows, specialty shows, etc.), but has seldom been used for more traditional theatrical performances, so it will be interesting to see whether or not the Elektra can successfully establish itself as a legitimate theater.
Silence! the Musical will begin performances at the Elektra Theatre (673 Eighth Avenue) on Wednesday, July 18. Visit www.silencethemusical.com to find out more about the show.