I’ve been meaning for weeks to write about the amazing mermaids I saw last month on BROADWAY in the astonishing Peter and the Starcatcher, which won a bunch of Tony awards earlier this year and is basically a prequel to Peter Pan. It’s adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (whom I will interview here soon), it’s directed by Tony winner Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby) and Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-wee Herman Show), and it was written by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). It’s totally hilarious, weird, glittery, and magical… and when you come back in the theater for the second act, after enduring those long twisting lines to the restrooms, this is the curtain that greets you:
And THEN, when the play starts again: dancing, singing mermaids!
These Broadway mermaids are comprised mostly of men in long-haired wigs, with bikini tops made of rubber duckies, mustard bottles, tea cups, and kitchen strainers, and with long skirts that flare out into actual fans (which look remarkably like real flukes). Said costumes should give hope to cash-strapped aspiring mermaids the world over.
Here’s a video of Adam Chanler-Berat, the actor who plays Peter, introducing us to the show’s mermaids, which according to Broadway.com include “Hot Lunch,” the mermaid who longs to squirt mustard on hot dogs, “Honey Loquat,” the brown-skinned mermaid offering up “some good throat healing” and the chocolate-addicted mermaid who can’t seem to find a date…
Peter and the Starcatcher opened in April and tickets are being sold through January of 2013.