Cathy Rigby stars in Peter Pan, the musical, 2011by EJ on 08/23/11
Yikes... as I write this we're having an earthquake!! My house is shaking back and forth. Hmm... my first earthquake. Now it's over. I guess I'll continue? (anyone else feel that?)
If you're read previous posts on my love of live musical theater, then you'll remember that my obsession with stage entertainment and musicals all began at six years old, sitting in the fifth row at The Lyric Opera House in Baltimore with my Dad, watching Cathy Rigby star in Peter Pan. At the end of the play, she soared over the crowd and right over my head, glittering pixie dust raining down from her hands and costume. Best moment of my childhood, hands down. I know this is written elsewhere, but Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan. She's magic to a child. She played Peter Pan for the first time ten years before I was born. Even before Peter Pan, she was a two-time Olympian, the first female gymnast to win a medal in an international competition. For balance beam, she won silver in the World Championships in 1970. Along with her husband Tony McCoy, she runs McCoy Rigby Entertainment and also works as a motivational speaker for wellness and nutrition.
She's most famous for her role as Peter Pan. Cathy Rigby is just perfect. Cathy Rigby toured as Peter Pan in the years between my six year old self and me today, touring during the 1990s and on Broadway, receiving a Tony award for her part, then retiring her sword apparently in 2005 and again in 2009... apparently she's not grown old yet as she's back again this year beginning in August as Peter Pan on stage. I am ECSTATIC.
Hershey Entertainment has graciously allowed Four Little Monsters to attend tomorrow's opening night *scream, shout, stomp feet, hoot and holler, and of course, crow*. This means I'll be taking my six year old, KM, to see the very same play with the very same star that my Dad took me to see at six years old. What the heck!? How amazing is that!? Of course, you can visit us right here at Four Little Monsters for the review I'll post during the weekend. In the meantime, I'm pumped for tomorrow night!