Sunday, February 01, 2009
PETER PAN: Technically not considered a musical but rather a play with music, Leonard Bernstein's version of the J.M. Barrie classic opened on April 24, 1950, with then-49-year-old Jean Arthur in the title role and Boris Karloff as Capt. Hook. Critics such as Brooks Atkinson embraced the production; the New York Times theater maven called it "a melodic, colorful and dramatic score that is not afraid to be simple in spirit."