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bruce k. hanson

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For the Record: I have been writing “For the Record: Confessions of a Vinyl-Soundtrack Junkie”

Dear Friends and Followers, I am so sorry that it has been so long since my last entry. While I am still very much collecting Peter Pan ephemera and even planning another book on the boy who would not grow up, I have spent the last three years writing a book of humorous anecdotes centered … Continue reading

1955 and 1956 Peter Pan: Finally a Legit Release

About twenty-seven years ago I directed the musical version of Peter Pan at the F.M. Gaudineer Middle School in New Jersey. As my students had grown up without ever seeing the oft televised video tape of the Broadway version starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, their only association with the boy who wouldn’t grow up … Continue reading

What a Shame: A Bored Peter and a Boring Peter Pan

In the musical, Peter Pan, Captain Hook asks Pan who he is during his last encounter with the boy who would not grow up. “I am youth, I am joy, I am freedom!” Peter declares with a passion that can work in performance as well as on paper. Of course, this is an abbreviated version … Continue reading

Summer of 1908 and 2014

This summer has been such an improvement over last year when I had my operation and could not draw or throw pottery. Although the weather has varied from extreme heat to too much rain all at once, I have been throwing pots on my back porch. Since December my work has been selling at a … Continue reading

Very Rare Peter Pan Ephemera for Sale

I am sorry for adding this entry so late to any of my friends and readers of this site. As to prevent my ever-growing collection of Peter Pan ephemera and “stuff” from getting out of hand, I have been listing some rather rare Peter Pan memorabilia on Ebay. Dale, my partner, asked me a few … Continue reading

Letters to Peter Pan

In December of 1908, a clever young actress compiled a group of letters written to her by members of her audiences at the Duke of York’s Theatre, which were published in a book by Ballentine & Co., Limited. The book was Peter Pan’s Post Bag and the actress was Pauline Chase, who for many years, enjoyed an … Continue reading

“LIVE Peter” Pan on NBC? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

The big news at NBC, besides the retirement of Jay Leno, is that the network is going to produce a “live” version of the Comden/Green/Charlap/Leigh/Robbins and Mary Martin musical comedy. It seems that their Sound of Music far out reached their viewer expectations and they want to follow-up with another blockbuster. My only negative comment: what took them … Continue reading

A 1921-22 Scrapbook and the Summer of 2013

Hi Folks! This summer has not exactly turned out the way I thought it would go. We planned on having my shoulder operated on in the spring, just after school ended and would go for a holiday in Chincoteague as always and later in August visit my parents on the West Coast. No such luck! We … Continue reading

Peter Pan Touring Season 1911-1912

The 1911-12 touring company of Peter Pan featured such regulars as Pauline Chase, George Shelton, William Luff, John Kelt, Violet Hollom, and James English. Oh yes, and of course, Jane Wren…tee hee hee. The tour included such cities as Kennington, North London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, and Bristol, where the company performed at the Prince’s Theatre. … Continue reading

George Frampton’s Bronze Study of Peter Pan to be Offered at Auction at Bonhams on June 19th

Last week my partner, Dale, sent me an email about a gift he would not be buying me for Christmas (he does this from time to time): a 1915  signed patinated bronze study of ‘Peter Pan’ by George Frampton. The sculpture,  53 cm high, is based on the character created by J. M Barrie. The youthful figure is depicted in  … Continue reading