Finding Neverland, the new musical inspired by the 2004 film of the same name will open on Broadway next March at a theatre owned by the Nederlander Organization, spokespeople for producer Harvey Weinstein have announced.
The new production, directed by Diane Paulus
, opens tonight at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a cast led by Laura Michelle Kelly
and Jeremy Jordan
An earlier production of Finding Neverland
starring Julian Ovenden and Rosalie Vraig premiered at the Curve in Leicester just over a year ago, with a score by Scott Frankel and Michael
Korie and a book by Allan Knee, who wrote the film's screenplay. After
mixed reviews, an expected West End transfer was cancelled , and the creative
team (which included director Rob Ashford) was overhauled.
The musical now features a score by British composer-lyricists Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy
and a book by James Graham. Also in he creative team are Mia Michaels
(choreography), Scott Pask
(scenic design), Suttirat Larlarb (costume design), Philip Rosenberg
(lighting design), Jonathan Deans (sound design), Gilles Papain
(projection design), Daniel Wurtzel
(fan design), David Chase
supervisor), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (musical director), and Simon Hale
Inspired by the film of the same title starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland explores the friendship between faltering playwright J.M. Barrie (Jeremy Jordan) and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Laura Michelle Kelly), a widowed mother of four boys, and how that relationship inspired Barrie to write his beloved Peter Pan stories.
Jordan and Kelly are joined by Michael McGrath as Charles Frohman, Carolee Carmello
as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal
as Mary Barrie, Aidan Gemme
as Peter, Alex Dreier
as Michael, Sawyer Nunes
as George, and Hayden Signoretti as Jack. The ensemble is made up of 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, J.C. Schuster, Paul Slade Smith, and Ron Todorowski
. Casting for the Broadway run has not been confirmed.
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