Male Call

Houston Ballet's Peter Pan gets manly

THU 9/23

Considering that the titular hero of Sir James M. Barrie's Peter Panwas a man, it's odd that the role, when originally adapted to the stage, went to two very non-males: Cathy Rigby and Sandy Duncan. But now the show is returning to its roots. Houston Ballet choreographer Trey McIntyre has cast alternating male leads in his redo of Peter Pan. Soloists Randy Herrera and Ilya Kozadayev will each tackle the lead role with wild-child, free-spirited abandon and punk hairdos to boot. McIntyre is sticking to the darker aspects of the 1902 classic tale of eternal childhood.

"I am exploring some minor, lesser-known parts of the book," he says, "and expanding upon those things." His aerial sequences merge ballet, flight and some mighty sturdy bungee cords. He's also wielding some artistic license with the story, rethinking the infamous Tinkerbell, eliminating Nana the dog and transforming the mischievous "redskins" into chameleons. Thomas Boyd's magical sets and Broadway designer Jeanne Button's costumes should make this revival downright enchanting. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 23. Through October 3. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center. For information, call 712-227-ARTS or visit www.houstonballet.org. Tickets start at $17. -- Nancy Galeota-Wozny

Ian Casady (left) and Nicholas Leschke
Drew Donovan
Ian Casady (left) and Nicholas Leschke
Trish Murphy
Matthew Mahon
Trish Murphy
Bobcat Goldthwait
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