Wednesday, February 24

Kelsey Grammer to join Alfie Boe & Sally Ann Triplett in Finding Neverland on Broadway

Updated 5th March:  Kelsey Grammer, who originated the role of Charles Frohman in Finding Neverland is to remain with the show to join Alfie Boe who is  playing J M Barrie in Finding Neverland on Broadway.

He is currently playing Jean Valjean in the US version of Les Miserables which he leaves on February 28th (when John Owen-Jones takes over until the show closes).  He will begin performances as Barrie on March 29th  at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, taking over the role from Tony Yazbeck who took over from Glee star Matthew Morrison in January. After Sandy Duncan's brief stint  as Madame du Maurier, Sally Ann Triplett will assume the role from  March 1st to  May 1st.

Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies' children eventually became Barrie's inspiration to write Peter Pan.

The cast also currently includes Kelsey Grammer as Charles Frohman, Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and as Mary Barrie. Kristy Cates and Courtney Balan will alternate playing the role of Madame du Maurier until Triplett's run begins.

Boe made his Broadway debut as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, for which he and his co-stars received a special Tony Award in 2003. He played Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Concert at London’s O2 Arena in October, 2010 and went on to lead the original West End production of LesMis.  His live opera appearances include The Pearl Fishers at the English National Opera and Romeo ET Juliette at the Royal Opera House.

Triplett was most recently seen  in Sting's  The Last Ship.  West End theatre credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Follies, Chess, Grease, Jolson The Musical, Cats, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Acorn Antiques:The Musical!, Chicago, Mamma Mia! and Viva Forever.

No information yet on the speculation that Boe will lead the London transfer scheduled for the end of this year.

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