Finding Neverland To Close On Broadway
The story of how Peter became Pan is the premise for the new musical Finding Neverland which flew onto Broadway last spring. While Peter Pan is no new figure to The Great White Way, this new musical infused British-pop into a stage production about how J.M. Barrie managed to create the story of the boy who never grew up. After a solid year and a half on Broadway, that boy may still have not grown up but is now packing his bags for a new adventure. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Finding Neverland will set sail from Broadway closing later this summer!
Producer Harvey Weinstein announced late last night Finding Neverland would end its run on Broadway later this year, closing August 21st, 2016. The musical, which opened on Broadway in April 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, will have played a total of 33 previews and 565 performances by the time it closes. The production opened to mix reviews last season and was completely shut out of the 2015 Tony Awards receiving no nominations. When announcing it’s Broadway closing, Weinstein not only confirmed a West End production beginning Spring 2017 but revealed a film adaptation is in the works as well as a U.S. national tour with hopes to return to Broadway. The U.S. tour will launch in October 2016 from Buffalo, New York. Thanks to Carol Rosegg for the photo above and bottom!
When premiering on Broadway last April, the company was led by Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison in the role of J.M. Barrie (Pictured Above). Since departing this past January, Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck has stepped into the role and it is currently being played on Broadway by Alfie Boe (Pictured Left). It is expected but not confirmed Boe will bring his performance home to London in 2017 with Finding Neverland‘s UK premiere.
In a statement to the press, Weinstein spoke of nothing but love for his Neverland company and comrades who had and will continue to make this production possible saying;
“It has been a personal joy for me to work with Diane, Gary, Eliot, James and Mia and the creative and production team on Finding Neverland. Night after night the audiences’ love for the show has been so inspiring. Neverland will be beginning its around the world tour starting in the U.S. in October, then London in Spring of 2017 and Asia in 2018. Nederlander have offered us a Broadway house to return after the U.S. tour and we have accepted, like other shows have done. And on top of that, I’m excited to announce that we will be producing Finding Neverland the musical as a film.”
Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pictured Below), who directed Neverland and is represented with Waitress this season, spoke about her excitement to continue working on new incarnations of the show for both the road and London saying;
“Our Broadway company is one of the best I have ever worked with — enormously talented and full of heart. I have been profoundly touched by everyone’s dedication to our show. I cannot wait to begin work on our national tour and am very much looking forward to bringing Finding Neverland to London next year.”
Don’t miss your chance to experience Finding Neverland on Broadway now through August 2016! If you don’t get to experience the magic of this production on Broadway, a U.S. national tour will be bringing the magic of Neverland to your hometown beginning next fall!