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Peter Pan

Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie's own novelization of it, Peter and Wendy. The music is mostly by Mark "Moose" Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne, and most of the lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

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The original Broadway production opened on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York for a planned limited run of 152 performances.  It starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, earning Tony Awards for both.  The show has enjoyed several revivals, and in a nod to that tradition, the title character of Peter Pan in the musical has been played mostly by women, including Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby.


Peter Pan tells the story of a mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up. Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as leader of his gang, the Lost Boys. The show's adventures begin when Peter teaches Wendy and her brothers how to fly and invites them to come with him to Never-Never-Land.