Friday, December 9

Latest on Finding Neverland Musical

As already reported, musical version of the film Finding Neverland, which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet is heading for London’s West End.

Two workshops with a full cast are currently being held in London with Julian Ovenden playing J M Barrie and Jenna Russell as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (whose sons inspired Barrie to write Peter Pan).

Songs include He Makes Me Smile which has Sylvia reflecting on what a difference Barrie has made to her family’s life and Ovenden’s duet You Don’t Know Me with Theo Stevenson who is playing Peter.

The workshop has a very distinguished cast  including Linda Thorson (of The Avengers fame), Allan Corduner, Scarlett Strallen, Beverley Klein and Alexander Hanson. The other Llewelyn Davies boys are played by Elliot Alinson, Connor Fitzgerald and Ilan Galkhoff.

Rob Ashford is directing and choreographing the show. The composer is Scott Frankel who wrote Grey Gardens. Lyrics are by Michael Korie and the book is by Allan Knee whose novel was adapted into the film.

The current plan is to open Neverland at a regional theatre and then bring it to the West End next autumn or early in 2013.

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