BY GEORGE J. DACRE
When we reviewed “Starcatcher” off-Broadway last year, we predicted the show would wind up on the Great White Way. And so it has with the grand opening April 15 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street.
Pomona native Adam Chanler-Berat plays “Boy,” a boy in Neverland who never grew up, in the production, was in “Next to Normal” on Broadway for more than two years and recently did “Rent” off-Broadway. He is the son of Shelley and Bert Berat of Pomona and grandson of Helen Chanler of Palisades. Berat was first spotted by a theatre agent when he played a small role at Penguin Repertory Theatre in Stony Point. He performed in many Clarkstown School District productions and is now a resident of Brooklyn.
“Starcatcher” has been doing Broadway previews since March 28. It opened at the New York Theatre worksop last March and its run there was extended twice. Rick Elice, Tony Award winner (“Jersey Boys” and the “Adams Family”) wrote the the stage adaption, basing it on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Co-directors are Alex Timbers and Roger Rees.
It is the story of the world of Neverland and how a young orphan (Berat) becomes Peter Pan. Christian Borle, the “Smash” star and Tony nominee Celi Keenan-Borger co-star in the show. The entire cast of the off Broadway show of “Peter” are in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre production. The Rockland County Times will be there to review and follow the career of Rockland’s Broadway performer Adam Chanler Berat. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.