Prequel to 'Peter Pan' heading to Broadway

October 22, 2011 - 2:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney's prequel to "Peter Pan" is flying to Broadway.

Producers said Wednesday that "Peter and the Starcatcher," the first play commissioned by Disney, will be staged in the spring. It was last seen off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop, where it earned five Drama Desk nominations.

The new cast and theater will be announced later.

The play is written by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice, and co-directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Twelve actors play some 50 characters.

The madcap look at Peter Pan's background is based on the novel of the same name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

It's the latest success for Disney, whose musical adaptation of the 1992 film "Newsies" has also become a hit at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J.