Rude Peter Pan Interrupts Stage Performance to Propose to Wendy, Who Blubbers All Over Her Performance
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Rude Peter Pan Interrupts Stage Performance to Propose to Wendy, Who Blubbers All Over Her Performance

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | January 15, 2014 | Comments ()

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Stage actors are the worst. Out in Glasgow, in what appears to be a very lavish production of Peter Pan: The Neverending Story, in which the audience likely paid an insane amount of shekels to see, Sandor Sturbl — who was playing Peter Pan — interrupted the production and took the audience completely out of the moment, all because he felt the need to propose to his girlfriend, Lilly-Jane Young, who was playing Wendy.

A surprised Lilly-Jane, naturally, wept buckets, which completely ruined our suspension of belief. How unprofessional! I bet she was lousy for the rest of the performance.

And yes, I might have gotten a little misty. Shut up. I never liked Peter Pan anyway.

(via Gawker)

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  • denesteak

    i'm late to this, but the three things I got from this is:
    1) What is UP with these costumes??!?!!
    2) I'm so confused about the music choices.
    3) (and this is judgmental and says more about me than anything else but) 22 is too young to be married.

  • Actors. Ugh.

  • loo shag brolley

    Particularly the ones literally upstaging the whole thing - I'm talking to you, Floppy Check Suit Guy - this is not your "moment."

  • Pitry

    Very sweet.... but I can never hear about these things (or watch them!) without wondering what would have happened if she would have said no?...
    I mean, I suppose they both already decided to get married because how often does someone spring this on their SO as a complete surprise these days, but yeah. ;)

  • Jim

    Sure this wasn't a Christmas panto? Interrupting for a proposal wouldn't be that out of place in a show where the pantomime Dame (guy in very very bad drag) asks the audience where the villain is and the kids in the audience yell back "HE'S BEHIND YOU!"

  • This has to be a panto, right?

  • Saw this elsewhere, but didn't notice the title of the production before.

    Did they combine Peter Pan with The Neverending Story? Is it a prequel to Neverending Story? Is Fantasia the first or third star to the right and straight on 'til morning? Do Peter and Wendy ride off on Artax at the end?

  • JenVegas

    Also I think you got her name wrong, Dustin...he keeps calling her Jane-Mary/Marie Sullivan....right?

  • Meggrs

    The actress noted elsewhere that he proposed to her by her legal birth name, not her stage name of Lily-Jane.

  • JenVegas

    Um if I were stage managing this show I would have thrown the heaviest object in the booth at this guy's head.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    While that looks like a bizarro Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark - Peter Pan hybrid, with the hated rockstar mics and a terrible jukebox "score" - that was a lovely proposal.

    Since they were bowing, it seems like it was pretty much the curtain call (or worst choreography ever).

    And I hope Pan's accent is better in performance than off the cuff.

  • bastich

    What?!? They let dudes play Peter Pan now?!?

    Better not let Sandy Duncan find out....

  • When I saw the headline, I was really hoping that it was a woman playing Peter Pan.

  • BWeaves

    Or Mary Martin, or Cathy Rigby.

  • Jim

    Especially Rigby - she will cut you for a side-eye most nights.

  • Let's all eat fiber and talk about how pants aren't as well-made as they used to be.

  • TK

    The important thing was, I had an onion on my belt.

  • One of those big yellow ones, though, right? Stupid war...

  • BWeaves

    The point being, we didn't have this sort of nonsense when womens were Peter Pan.

  • kinoumenthe

    On the other hand, there are place we COULD have it, now.

  • Bless you for being old enough to know that.

  • SVR

    Like others, the Josh Groban is confusing me. But I'm way more distracted by that terrifying nightmare fuel, Nana.

  • Melissa Bright

    I have to say, as much as I'm happy to see people happy and in love, I'd be pretty pissed off if I'd paid to go to the theater and it was interrupted because the people I was paying to see decided to stop everything to do their personal business.

  • foolsage

    Yeah. I feel a bit misanthropic to say this, but this kind of thing should really happen offstage, or after the production. I'm happy for the couple, really I am, but it's simply unprofessional for Peter to decide that his personal life belonged on stage more than what the people paid to see.

  • BlackRabbit

    Do it during the encore-bowing!

  • foolsage

    Exactly! If you want to share a personal moment with a crowd, that's fine. There are a lot of options to do so without disrupting a performance people paid to watch.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm going out on a limb here, but I'd bet it was cleared with management. Otherwise the music would not have come down.

    And this has garnered sooooo much publicity for them, that I bet they are pretty happy with the decision. (it sounds like a dreadful Europop show: "Lose yourself in the show’s original music score and specially arranged classic songs including Angels, Forever Young,Sailing and Nessun Dorma.")

  • foolsage

    You're right on both counts: it was almost certainly pre-cleared with management, and probably has been very profitable.

  • JenVegas


  • Samantha Klein

    EW posted this yesterday, and I think they did say that it was essentially part of the finale. Also confused by the Josh Groban, as well as the fact that he keeps calling her a fairly different name than whatever is being used in these posts (stage name, I suppose?) Boy, she is really wailing, isn't she? Bless.

  • Tinkerville

    I might be a complete curmudgeon, but I would've found this annoying as hell if I were in the audience.

  • Zirza

    So would I, but I think neither of us are the sort of person who shills out fifty quid for a performance of Peter Pan set to Josh Groban music.

  • Right? How did that pitch meeting go? "It's a story you kinda know, set to music your mom masturbates to after she renews her Percocet prescription."

    "And the costumes?"


    "I can't believe how much money we're about to make."

  • PerpetualIntern

    WHERE is EE when you need it?

  • Straight to the Eloquents. Well played.

  • TK

    I ugly laughed like a motherfucker when I read this. Well done, sir.

  • I am even worse, because if she had said no, I'd have gone to the box office and offered to pay for my ticket again.

  • Wow, that would have been horrible. I love it.

    We can burn in hell together, as we laugh and scream "encore!"...

  • I'll bring the marshmallows. They probably already have forks.

  • Yocean

    And fire! As much as I found this endearing, I still think the dude was cocky a bit and also doing this during a staged paformance leeks of power play. At least he made it rather brief and included the audience.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I generally abhor public proposals, but that was nice. I just hope it came towards the end of the show.

    I'm also confused by the presence of "You Raise Me Up," but that's less importance.

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