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“FINDING NEVERLAND” MUSICAL DEBUTS AT A.R.T.

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The pre-Broadway premiere of Finding Neverland, the musical based on the 2004 film of the same name, opened on August 13 in Cambridge, MA at The American Repertory Theatre. Performances of this production will continue through September 28. It was announced shortly after the opening that the musical would receive its Broadway premiere in Spring of 2015 at a theatre to be announced at a later date.

 Finding Neverland features a book by James Graham (This House), a score by UK songwriters Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy, and direction by Diane Paulus (Hair, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess). It had previously received its UK premiere in 2012. This production features the most recent revisions, and has been supervised by producer Harvey Weinstein.

According to A.R.T. press materials:  “When a playwright meets a widow and her four boys in Kensington Gardens, he embarks on a friendship that inspires one of the most beloved stories of all time. Based on the Miramax film by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between James Matthew Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family that inspired the revolutionary 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, one of the most beloved stories of all time.”

Finding Neverland stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly in the roles that Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet respectively originated in the film. The cast also includes Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Tony winner Michael McGrath as Charles Frohman Captain Cook, along with Aidan Gemme as Peter, Alex Drier as Michael, Sawyer Nunes as George and Hayden Signoretti as Jack.

The ensemble features Courtney Balan, Dana Costello, Rory Donovan, Gaelen Gilliland, Thayne Jasperson, Josh Lamon, Melanie Moore, Mary Page Nance, Stuart Neal, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Tyley Ross, Julius Rubio, JC Schuster, Paul Slade Smith and Ron Todorowski.

The production also features scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg, sound design by Jonathan Deans, projection design by Gilles Papain, fan design by Daniel Wurtzel, orchestrations by Simon Hale, music supervision by David Chase, and music direction by Mary Mitchell-Campell.

The Broadway production will open in March 2015 at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced. No word yet on a creative team or casting for the Broadway outing.

 

David Vogel is a professional actor based out of New York City who has worked at The Barn Theatre (Augusta, MI), Riverside Dinner Theatre (Fredericksburg, VA), and as a singer for Carnival Cruise lines. Check out his blog www.davidvogel.tumblr.com