On September 20, 2018, the Fulton Theatre on Lancaster, PA opened its 165th season with the world premiere of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s Treasure Island A Musical Adventure. The gala occasion marked not only a milestone anniversary for the venerable theatre and its Executive Artistic Producer, Marc Robin, who celebrated ten years with the company, but also for the Robin and Clark’s work which has made a long journey to this stunning opening.
Conceived over twenty years ago as a children’s theatre piece, Treasure Island has seen multiple rewrites and several developmental productions and readings along the way before emerging in this full-scale, lavishly produced epic version. The production which runs from September 18-October 21, 2018 (extended already) and which looks forward to another staging in summer 2019 at Maine State Music Theatre, is receiving significant critical and industry attention which hopefully mark it for a long life to come.
Directed by Marc Robin and co-directed by Curt Dale Clark, the Fulton production stars Michael William Nigro as Jim Hawkins, Jeremiah James as Long John Silver, James Patterson as Dr. Livesey, David Girolmo as Captain Smollett, and James Michael Reilly as Benn Gunn. Thirty-one more talented actors comprise the ensemble of colorful and diverse characters who bring Robert Louis Stevenson’s book to life. Ray Fellman conducts the seventeen-piece orchestra in the lush, romantic score with orchestrations by David Siegel. Thomas Ryan provides the elaborate sets, Ryan Moller the elegant costumes, and Joseph Travers the thrilling fight choreography.
Check out the photos, video clips, and reviews below.
Last spring, I stated that Fulton’s Hunchback of Notre Dame was worthy of several Broadway World Awards. This fall, I am willing to state that Treasure Island is worthy of Broadway. – Richard Mehrenberg
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Fulton’s ‘Treasure Island’ is a triumphant adventure tale
Not only does the story feel deeper and more exciting, but the look of the show draws you into an old classic. It’s quite an adventure. – Jane Holahan
Treasure Island follows the same pattern. The Fulton succeeded in raising the bar yet again with this swashbuckling, energetic adventure that’s truly epic—from the music to the set!
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By the finale when the cast sings ‘Miracles’ – an anthem to discovery and to life itself in all its myriad forms – I cannot help but feel that Robin and Clark’s Treasure Island is its own kind of theatre miracle. Not only does it recreate for an entire new multi-generational audience Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless story, but it also manages to endow the tale with both refreshing modernity and a classic grandeur. Watching the audience rise to its feet, cheering, smiling, and weeping at the close, I sensed that I was witnessing a watershed moment in the contemporary musical theatre landscape – a rarely seen combination of spectacle and heart, tradition and surprise, intimacy and awe-inspiring exhilaration. The Fulton Theatre’s production of Robin and Clark’s Treasure Island A Musical Adventure gifts its audience with a magical live theatrical voyage that deserves a Broadway birth as well as a permanent home in the American musical canon. – Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold
Watch Michael William Nigro sing Jim Hawkins’ eleventh hour, bring-down-the-house anthem, Calm Before the Storm
Watch Joseph Travers staging the fight sequences.