Thursday, January 31, 2013

ACT OUT OPENING: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan #BroadwayinChicago



ChiIL Mama, Sagezilla and Du-Jay will be reviewing Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan at press night TONIGHT.   The show just opened last night at the Cadillac Palace Theater and is in town until Feburary 10th.   

As a USAG competitive gymnast, my daughter, Sage, is particularly stoked to see the gymnast who wouldn't grow up play the boy who wouldn't grow up!   Talk about cool grandmas....Cathy Rigby rocks.   I'm so inspired.   This woman has 4 kids and 4 grandkids and she's still queen of the aerial arts and engaging in nightly stage combat with pirates.   So what's YOUR excuse?!

Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of Peter Pan! Discover the magic all over again of this two time Emmy award winning and two time Tony award nominated production.

The New York Times says "Rigby still carries off the flights, fights and acrobatics that make Peter Pan audiences mesmerized". Peter Pan is filled with timeless magical moments and a captivating hook. The legend you thought you knew, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible... Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan.

Dates
Opening night: 30 January 2013
Booking through until: 10 February 2013

Cathy Rigby

(Peter Pan)  During her gymnastics career, Cathy won numerous international medals- including eight gold- and in 1998, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. When Cathy retired from the sport, she joined ABC Sports for 18 years, providing expert commentary on the sport of gymnastics around the world. During this time, ABC's venerable Wide World of Sports named her one of "America's Most Influential Women in Sports." After seven years of intense vocal and theatrical training, she embarked on a new career in performing arts. National and regional tour credits include: Annie Get Your Gun, Meet Me In St. Louis, South Pacific, Paint Your Wagon, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Silvia, and Steel Magnolias. On Broadway, she starred as the title role in Peter Pan in 1991 and 1998, and in Seussical the Musical as Cat-In-The-Hat in 2002. Cathy has been honored with the National Broadway Theatre Award, "Ovation" Lifetime Achievement Award (the West Coast version of a "Tony") and the 2004 Distinguished Lifetime Service Award from The League of American Theatres and Producers. In 1991, Cathy was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical when she starred in the 35th Anniversary production of Peter Pan on Broadway. In addition to multiple Tony nominations, Peter Pan also garnered several Emmy nominations, and a win, when A&E filmed the show for television broadcast in 2001. She recently finished filming An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars, which was released in July 2012. Cathy and her husband, Tom McCoy, are Executive Producers of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment Series at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, California. They have successfully produced 18 seasons, and have launched several national touring productions including: Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Peter Pan, Camelot and Happy Days, the Musical. The McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts in Yorba Linda, California provides students with an opportunity to find their creative outlet, whether it be acting, dancing, singing, art or playwriting. 

She is very passionate about, and involved in two charities- Discovery Arts (www.discoveryarts.com) and her Non Profit, McCoy Rigby Arts (www.mccoyrigbyarts.com). 

After two Olympics, 18 years as a sports commentator, a successful entertainment career, 4 kids, 4 grandkids and 30 years of marriage to the same man, Cathy spends much of her spare time as a motivational speaker on the topics of nutrition & wellness, and The Art of Reinventing Yourself.

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