Meanwhile it is really time to tell something about our recent visit to the Majestic Theatre in , since that was somewhat more than three weeks ago, especially as we’ll be going back there again today to see the to see a production of the musical “ “Russian [in fact the Moscow] Ballet performing Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite“, and since in the meantime we have also been to a different theatre in San Antonio, the Jump-Start Performing Company, to see a production of “Ebanazio“, their version of Charles Dickens‘ “A Christmas Carol“, set in the San Antonio of the early 18th century – a production I have to write about still in a separate posting.
We were really impressed by the performance of the main actress, the former gymnast and Olympic medalist [1968 with medals, 1972 unfortunately present, but injured] Cathy Rigby, who, even at the age of 60, was dashing around the stage like a Jack-in-the-Box and how she could still perfectly perform handstands, headstands and the splits, seemingly without any effort. Absolutely fantastic, too, how she, suspended from a wire, was hovering above the stage, sometime swinging far into the auditorium, above the spectators’ seats even up to the mezzanine, spreading her fairy dust.
A few more words about Cathy Rigby: after her career as a gymnast she had a long training not only as an actress but also as a singer, a fact that suited her well for a (leading) role in a musical. Her voice, but that’s a natural matter and not to be completely done away with even with vocal training, was just a tad harsh, though. All in all I must say: she was very convincing in her role. Unfortunately, as the San Antonio Express-News report, she plans to give up her career as Peter Pan after the present tour.
As well as her also the other actors were absolutely convincing, starting with the children of the Darling family, and continuing with the pirates, the Indians and Captain Hook, and ending with Nana, the nanny-dog, who, with his funnily friendly demeanour provided for laughter over and over again, and got well-deserved applause for that performance.
The Majestic Theatre really looks resplendent inside, but, to my mind, is somewhat too excessively decorated. Well, that is not in any way detrimental to the performance(s) as then the interior is darkened anyway and one can’t see any of the ornate decorations and embellishments.
Find some virtual tours of the Majestic Theatre here: Virtual Tours – Majestic Theatre
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- With ‘Pan,’ Cathy Rigby finds Foreverland (utsandiego.com)
- Review – Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan – Broadway San Jose (artsalot.wordpress.com)
- ‘Peter Pan’ (baltimore.cbslocal.com)