is now on its way to Houston courtesy of BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby. In the national touring cast, Billy Harrigan Tighe (Book of Mormon
) plays Barrie and says he likes his character “for what he inspires in others.” He also identifies with him to a certain extent, since as an actor who gets paid to appear onstage for two hours at a time, “in a lot of ways I’m sort of feeling like a kid who’s never grown up.” In some ways it’s like old home week for Tighe, since Christine Dwyer (playing mother Sylvia Llewelyn Davies) was Elphaba to his Fiyero in a production of Wicked
. Even without the Peter Pan aspect, this musical attracts audiences drawn by its focus on relationships, Tighe says. “It illuminates the importance that people have in each other’s lives.”
7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through April 30. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information call 713-315-2525 or visit thehobbycenter.org
. $30 to $150.
Before the classic story of Peter Pan, there was Scottish author J.M. Barrie, who happened to meet a widowed mother and her four boys in Kensington Gardens and form a lasting friendship with them. Later, Barrie incorporated his adventures with the Davies boys into his play about the boy who never grows up. Inspired by the 2004 movie of the same name, the musical