Finding Neverland Opens on Broadway
How did Peter become Pan? That story is being brought to life on Broadway right now as Finding Neverland, the long-awaited stage musical adaption of the film of the same title, finally makes its way to the New York stage. Much like the ships in its own story, Neverland has sailed into Broadway with cannons firing. Nothing, including a bumpy start almost three years ago, will stop this show. From replacing press representatives to cast members, Finding Neverland has done anything its needed to as it sails into the New York theatre scene for a bow on Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Finding Neverland officially opens on Broadway tonight!
Finding Neverland is a musical that features music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy with a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham. The musical, based on the 2004 Miramax film of the same title, tells the story of playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired him to write one of the most beloved stories of all time about the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Finding Neverland brings us the story of how Peter became Pan.
Finding Neverland officially opens tonight at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre after beginning previews earlier this spring on March 13th, 2015. The road to Broadway for Neverland has definitely been an interesting one. The show made its out-of-town tryout during the summer of 2014 at Boston’s American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.). This only came after a 2012 British debut in Leicester at the Curve Theatre. However, following a not so successful debut in England, producer Harvey Weinstein canned 90% of the original creative team. The A.R.T. production was entirely revised and helmed by an almost entirely new creative team.
The Broadway outing of Finding Neverland is helmed by many stars seen in the A.R.T. productions as well as several newcomers to the production but veterans of Broadway. The production is helmed by Glee star and Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison as J.M. Barrie, Kelsey Grammer as Charles Frohman and Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Some of the productions featured leads also include Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Teal Wicks as Mary Barrie, Aidan Gemme as Peter, Alex Dreier as Michael, Sawyer Nunes as George and Hayden Signoretti as Jack.
The ensemble of the production includes Courtney Balan, Dana Costello, Colin Cunliffe, Rory Donovan, Chris Dwan, Kevin Kern, Josh Lamon, Melanie Moore,Mary Page Nance, Fred Odgaard, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter,Tyley Ross, Julius Anthony Rubio, Paul Slade Smith, Ron Todorowski, Jaime Verazin and Jessica Vosk.
Tony Award winner Diane Paulus brings the production to Broadway serving as the director. She also directed the A.R.T. out-of-town run. Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels, of So You Think You Can Dance, serves as choreographer. The rest of the production team includes Tony Award winner Scott Pask as scenic designer, Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner as lighting designer, Suttirat Larlarb as costume designer and Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans as sound designer.
The road to Neverland has been an unusual one but always exciting! Finding Neverland finally makes its way to Broadway tonight after a rough start in England three years ago but a stellar out-of-town run less than a year ago. However, Neverland has managed to remain a stand out in a season filled with blockbusters. The production has a lot going for it ranging from its star power to its fans from the movie which first premiered over a decade ago. The musical looks stellar and while I have not seen it yet, it looks to be what many could imagine the future of musical theatre to be. That is, a score filled with more pop music brought to life through movement combined with larger than life scenic elements both real and projected. I am so looking forward to seeing this production on Broadway very soon and have no doubt, it will remain a standout this season despite all. Happy Opening to everyone involved with Finding Neverland on Broadway!
Finding Neverland officially opens on Broadway tonight! Don’t miss your chance to experience this brand new take on the beloved tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up and how he became the boy we know today as Peter Pan. Finding Neverland is currently scheduled as an open-ended run on Broadway. For more information, visit Finding Neverland’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!