Cathy Rigby and The Lost Boys in PETER PAN
Cathy Rigby and The Lost Boys in PETER PAN (Photo Credit: Isaac James)

BOSTON -- Like Peter Pan, Cathy Rigby seems ageless. And she's played the iconic boy who won't grow up for nearly 40 years, off and on, along with other musical theater roles, including Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Molly Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

But Rigby's decided to hang up Peter's wings and retire from playing him at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre April 23-28.

"It's appropriate to end it in Boston, since we started the first national tour there in 1989-1990. Kevin Kelly (the late Globe theater critic) gave us a great review, and we had a two-year tour," said Rigby by phone recently.

Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors

She's loved playing Peter, but with four kids and four grandkids, it's time to focus on family and the theater conservatory she and husband Tom McCoy operate in California.

"I'd love to be home for awhile," said Rigby, 60.

Peter has helped keep Rigby, a former Olympic gymnast, in shape.

"He's a child and playing him has kept the creativity alive and forced me to stay in great shape. I love playing him since there's that sense that anything's possible -- you can fly and stay young forever," she said.

She leaves Peter Pan with no regrets.

"I'm thrilled to have done it for so long and to have given it all I did. It's been wonderful," she said.

Tickets $38.75-$89.75 at or 866-348-9738.


On the marquee

Annie, played by 13-year old Katie Lowell, with Sandy, Mini Me, a well-trained 22-month-old puppy, both of Georgetown
Annie, played by 13-year old Katie Lowell, with Sandy, Mini Me, a well-trained 22-month-old puppy, both of Georgetown
  • COMMUNITY STAGES: Theatre III presents Little Shop of Horrors Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 and 26-27, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at its refurbished theater at 250 Central St., Acton. 978-263-9070 or online at Spotlight Playhouse presents Annie at Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill, Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20, 26 and 27, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. $20; $18, seniors. 978-380-8509 or
  • LIFE WITH LUCY AND DESI: Actress Lucie Arnaz, daughter of the late Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, shares songs and stories on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. at the Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, Robinson Theater, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. Call 781-891-5600 for tickets.
  • MILLIE MANIA: Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham, steps back to the Roaring '20s with its spring musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, running Thursday, April 18, through Sunday, May 12. Visit for details.
  • 'TUCK' ON HOLD: The world premiere of the musical Tuck Everlasting at the Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre July 28-Aug. 18, is postponed because a theater is unavailable for its subsequent production in New York. Future plans will be announced at a later date. Refunds available at point of sale.

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