Alfie Boe Is Next To Lead Finding Neverland On Broadway
Broadway is getting some more Boe. Audiences were thrilled to hear renown vocalist Alfie Boe would return to Broadway in 2015 to star in the most recent revival of Les Miserables taking on the role of Jean Valjean. However, with his run slated to end soon, many have wondered what next project Boe was planning to take on. That information has now been revealed to us and it seems Broadway gets to keep the renown vocalist a little bit longer as he steps into a new production and prepares to take flight. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Alfie Boe will succeed Tony Yazbeck and lead Finding Neverland on Broadway!
Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck recently stepped into the leading role of J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland replacing Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison who originated the role on Broadway. Yazbeck officially began performances January 26th and is now slated to appear in the production through March 27th. Beginning March 29th, Alfie Boe (Pictured Right) is slated to take over the reigns starring as J.M. Barrie in the production. Boe moves, quite literally, down the street to The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre following his appearance in the revival Les Miserables over the course of the past several months starring as Jean Valjean.
Alfie Boe is an English actor and singer best known for his appearances on stage. He has performed on stage in England at The English National Opera, Canterbury Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall and Gloucester Hall to name a few. He has toured extensively in the UK and US not only on solo-tours but also with many performance groups. Boe made his Broadway debut in 2002 starring in La Bohème and received a Tony Award honor for his work. His big break came when he performed as Valjean for the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables in 2010. Following this performance, he stepped into the actual London production for a six month limited engagement. Not long after this, he returned to the English National Opera to perform in both La Bohème and The Mikado. Boe recently returned to Broadway starring as Valjean in the most recent Les Miserables revival for nearly six months from September 2015 through February 2016.
Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pictured Below Right), director of Finding Neverland, expressed her gratitude for Yazbeck’s performance as well as excitement for Boe to join the production saying;
“I have adored working with the extraordinary Tony Yazbeck, and it has been a joy having him lead our company as J.M. Barrie. It is very exciting that our next J.M. Barrie will be Alfie Boe, whose breadth of experience and enormous musical talents I know will make him a thrilling Barrie. I can’t wait to work with Alfie and to welcome him to our company at the Lunt-Fontanne.”
The production announced as well Sally Ann Triplett will step into the production starring as Madame du Maurier from March 1st through May 1st. Kristy Cates and Courtney Balan will alternate the role until Triplett begins.
Luner Lowdown: An outstanding choice by Finding Neverland to move Alfie Boe into the leading role of their production just as he finishes he run with the revival of Les Miserables on Broadway. Boe is an excellent, strong choice for the production and will definitely bring a totally new take to the role now Morrison and Yazbeck have taken on themselves. His incredible vocals have been seen in the West End and on Broadway before and will most definitely add to this show. As Finding Neverland looks to a West End bow in the near future, many are arguing Boe will lead that production home to London. While nothing is confirmed at this time, this could be a crash course in the show and pre-tryout for Boe bringing home Finding Neverland to London in the coming year.
We’re looking forward to Alfie Boe taking over in the leading role of Finding Neverland on Broadway! We can’t wait to see what he brings to this role he will tackle on stage for the very first time! Of course, we wish a big congratulations to Tony Yazbeck who appeared in the leading role for two months on Broadway, with one month still left to go, and look forward to seeing what he does next! For more information, visit Finding Neverland’s Official Website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) 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!