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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

Deanna Durbin: The Spirit and Personification of Youth

In June of 1993, a month before my first book, The Peter Pan Chronicles, was published, I wrote a letter to Mrs. Deanna  Durbin David regarding a biography I wanted to write about her life. I was much more interested in the idea that she gave up show business for a “normal life” than her life as … Continue reading

Peter Pan Toy Postcards by W.E. Mack, London

One of the casualties of writing about Peter Pan is that even after the project is complete, one is prone to continue collecting related ephemera. From 1989 through 1993 I bought many photos and programmes to use as illustrations for my first book, The Peter Pan Chronicles, as it was often cheaper to buy an item … Continue reading

Peter Does Wendy

While I was writing my first published book, The Peter Pan Chronicles, I decided that I would not discuss the sexuality of any of the performers, which, inadvertently, left out any discussion about gay or lesbian actors. While it was alright to write about the straight relationships of a Marilyn Miller or a Mary Martin, I … Continue reading

Is It Written in Mary Martin’s Blood?

Yep! That’s what someone asked about the price of my book on the J.M. Barrie site. And, I must admit, I fell over laughing when I read it. Of course, a few minutes later I became quite depressed (we artsy people change moods at the drop of a dime) if other potential buyers were also turned off … Continue reading

Hooked On Compromises

One of my goals for Peter Pan On Stage and Screen 1904-2010 was to include a new assortment of photographs and art, rare and different from the first edition. Not happy with most of the photos in the Maude Adams chapter in The Peter Pan Chronicles which were taken from the Peter Pan souvenir program … Continue reading

The Book is Out!!!

I was in the midst of writing a blog last Friday (which was to be followed by several chores in the house) when a package arrived at my front door. Taking my time opening it as to enjoy every second of anticipation, I read Robert Franklin’s (the president of McFarland Publishers) letter several times before taking out a book. Even … Continue reading

Peter Pan A-B-C

“..children know such a lot now, they soon don’t believe in fairies, and every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”                                                                                                                                  – J. M. Barrie                                                                                                                                                             Before you read any further I most confess that I have been  (happily) teaching for 31 years; theatre and visual arts to high … Continue reading

100+ Years of Peter Pan

Welcome Peter Pan fans to what I hope will be “an awfully big adventure!” In three months my book, Peter Pan on Stage and Screen: 1904-2010, will be published by MacFarland Publishing. A revised, updated, and much expanded version of The Peter Pan Chronicles, this new publication includes many more photographs (black & white and color), … Continue reading