It’s in this home that veteran actor Robert Newman (of “Guiding Light” and more recently Showtime’s “Homeland” fame) first takes the stage as father of the Darling children, paired with “grace personified” in his wife (Penelope Alex). Later, Newman swings into action as Captain Hook. Newman is fantastic as Hook. He shifts from comic mode to a kind of maniacal evil with ease, making him both hilarious and somewhat frightening (though not too scary for the wee ones). His poise and command of the stage speak to his natural talents and years of experience. As a star of stage and screen, his performance alone should pack the house for the next two weeks.
What made adults and kids squeal included the sight of “Guiding Light” star Newman pouring on the villainous hammyness as Hook, leading his pirates in a twisted tango or tarantella.
As Peter’s major adversary in Neverland, Robert Newman brings the “crookedest crook” Capt. Hook to believably (and hilariously) blustering reality. Brandishing his glittering hook, he roars at everyone who stands in his way — excepting, of course, the ever-ticking crocodile. Newman is best known for his multi-decade turn as Josh Lewis in the former CBS daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Since that “Light” went out, he has been active on the musical comedy stage in leading roles around the country as well as guest starring on top TV dramas.
To those who know him strictly as a dramatic actor, his turn as Hook might be a genuine surprise. Not only does he have a solid baritone, but a real gift for comedy. He obviously is having a really good time as a swashbuckler and that’s contagious!