Peter Pan Play Analysis

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In 1954 J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play Peter Pan (original subtitle: “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”) was finally adapted into a musical piece on Broadway titled ‘Peter Pan.’ The first person that had been hired for the production was the director Jerome Robbins, who had choreographed ballets and Broadway musicals but had never before directed. Robbins had actually previously worked on collating the various versions of the script that had been done through the years, trying, as he said, to “find a way of doing it freshly and less stickily, less cutely, more robustly.” It was West Coast producer Edwin Lester who got the rights in America to adapt the story into a play with music. The Musical makes the choice to incorporate a different ending to the original play, one which Barrie wrote in 1911, some time after the play had been staged. In this ending Peter comes back to see Wendy, as an older woman who is married with children. Early in the year Richard Halliday and Mary Martin were approached by Edwin Lester about putting on a new musical production. He had gotten the rights to adapt the story into a play with music specifically for Mary Martin as the title character. The tradition to usually cast a woman as the role of Peter Pan came about from the very first stage debut because of the prosaic reason that it was illegal for any child under the age of twelve or thirteen to be on a London stage after nine o’clock at night. But this casting convention also spoke to the

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