Updated Mon, Apr 7, 2014 10:27 am
Friday, April 18 • 9 p.m.
It was the toast of Milwaukee’s performing arts community and soon, “Peter Pan From the Milwaukee Ballet” will be offered to all PBS stations for broadcast nationwide as part of an initiative to promote performing arts throughout the country. This production, recorded and produced for television by Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV), will premiere on Friday, April 18 at 9 p.m. Choreographed by Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink, Peter Pan took Milwaukee by storm, playing to sold-out houses and earning standing ovations nightly. Featuring an original score from British composer Philip Feeney, this impressive stage show features dancers flying high over the action and a looming, full pirate ship that sails across the stage.
“Peter Pan has become the company’s most successful performance of all time. Both our loyal supporters, as well as young families new to the ballet, were drawn to the magic of Peter Pan,” said Pink. “Now, through our partnership with MPTV, we can bring the enchantment of this production to the entire nation. Milwaukee Ballet is proud to be the first major arts organization in Milwaukee to be presented on PBS since 1992.”
MPTV spent months recording performances of Peter Pan and producing the piece for broadcast, under the direction of Emmy Award-winning producer/director Phillip Byrd. As the production took shape, MPTV’s goal of offering southeast Wisconsin’s finest performing arts to its entire service area expanded to bring the magic of Peter Pan to all PBS affiliate stations. MPTV presented it to PBS for consideration in including it in the national broadcast line-up.
“At MPTV, we have a proud history of working with area arts groups to bring their most intriguing and entertaining works to tens of thousands of television viewers, “ said MPTV General Manager Ellis Bromberg. “It’s gratifying to know that folks around the country will now get to see what a jewel we have here in Milwaukee Ballet and its outstanding talent.”
The ballet features Leading Artist Marc Petrocci as the iconic Peter Pan and rising star Valerie Harmon as Wendy. The production also boasts a top-notch creative team, including Emmy Award-winning lighting designer David Grill.
“Peter Pan from the Milwaukee Ballet” is part of the ongoing, multi-platform “PBS Arts” initiative, which highlights PBS’s commitment to the performing and visual arts, and gives millions of viewers a front-row seat and a backstage pass for the best music, theater, dance, art and cultural history programs on-air and online.