Apr 20, 2013

Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN at the Fox

Last night my husband and I were joined by a friend at the Fox Theatre in Detroit to see Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby courtesy of Olympia Entertainment.  So, you like me, might say "I know the name, but where do I know Cathy Rigby from?"  Cathy is a former Olympian gymnast and the first woman to win a medal in the World Gymnastics Competition. After retiring from her athletic career she studied theater and made her musical debut in 1981 as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.  She first played the part of Peter Pan in 1991, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Musical.

The opening of the show was led by the orchestra playing an overture.  I'm not sure exactly what the problem was, but it didn't quite sound right, and I had such a hard time hearing the Darling family as they spoke their lines in the first scene.  Sound issues were pretty much resolved after the first scene and the plot moved on, rather slowly.

I have to say that Cathy has Peter Pan down to a science when she is speaking.  It is amazing how the character just shines through, after all she's an older woman playing the part of a young boy.  It was so entertaining to watch her act and glide through the air when she was flying.  However, when she sang, she sounded like Cathy Rigby, a woman.

My husband had to remind me this is an older show, so it has a much slower pace than what I am used to, in all we were in the theater from 7:30 until almost 10:00.  I quite honestly was ready to leave during intermission, but we stayed.

The second part of the performance was MUCH better than the first.  I loved the song "Ugg-a-Wugg".  It had a great mixture of choreography and music.  The Lost Boys and Indians worked together to create an awesome number where they tapped their sticks together, on the floor and on a drum.  Another great song was "Hook's Watlz", which I'm sure was the inspiration for Disney's song "Gaston" from Beauty and the Beast.

This is NOT a PC show by any means.  So many things popped up in my head as we watched.  The pirates each represented a culture, I could easily pick out the Spaniard, a man from China, the guy from Scotland.  Then there were the Indians.  I know, it was written way back when these stereotypes were part of our own culture, but I'm glad that I didn't bring my daughter as these are not the images or representations I want her to see.

On the way out we got to meet a few members of the cast as they collected money to donate to charity.  Cathy Ribgy also signed posters after the show.  We didn't stick around to meet Cathy, but my friend Bri and her daughter did.    Here is an image of her daughter with Cathy.

All in all, we enjoyed our night out.  The show had it's redeeming qualities and if you are a huge Peter Pan fan, I'm sure you will enjoy it.  This show however, was not for me.

Thank you to Olympia Entertainment for giving us the opportunity to attend this show.

Tickets can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series season subscription packages and group sales, of 10+, are on sale now with savings up to 20% off. For more information, call (313) 471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Event Times
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:30PM
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 2:00PM
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 7:30PM
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 1:00PM
 Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 6:30PM

Disclosure: Metro Detroit Mommy and one lucky fan recieved free tickets to this event courtesy of Olympia Entertainment in exchange for this promotional post.    All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Your experience may differ.

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