Why See Finding Neverland?
The Broadway smash
After thrilling audiences on Broadway, the magical Finding Neverland heads out across the country on a national tour. Based on the Oscar-winning movie starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland tells the story of author J.M.Barrie and the family who inspired his greatest work - Peter Pan! Interweaving Barrie's real life story with flights of fancy that take you deep into the world of Captain Hook and The Lost Boys, this musical is an inspiring ode to the creative spirit and speaks to the child in all of us!
Peter flys to New York
Backed by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Finding Neverland premiered at Boston's Loeb Drama Center in 2014, before packing its bags for the bright lights of Broadway. With a stellar cast led by Glee's Matthew Morrisson and Frasier's Kelsey Grammar, the show opened at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre to box office reciepts regularly topping $1 million a week and reviews praising its technical wizardry.
The show's bubbly pop score comes courtesy of British singer Gary Barlow (formerly of the boy band Take That) and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Eliot Kennedy, who's penned tunes for the likes of The Spice Girls and Bryan Adams.
WHAT IS FINDING NEVERLAND ABOUT?
Scottish playwright J.M.Barrie may be a household name today, but back in the late 1800s, when Finding Neverland begins, he wasn't the greatest of successes. His latest work had proved to be yet another in a long line of theatrical flops, and Barrie was in desperate need of a change in fortunes. Enter the Llewelyn family, comprised of Sylivia and her four boys. After a chance encounter in Kensington Park, Barrie becomes a close family friend to the Llewelyns, and inspired by the children's boundless imagination and sense of adventure, begins work on the play which would write his name into the history books.
Performance date: 29 November 2018
Recommended for children from Grade Two and upwards
Two hours and forty minutes and one intermission
And before you stop reading
Images used are from the Broadway production.
Cast and Creative
Jeff Sullivan as J.M. Barrie
Ruby Gibbs as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Conor McGiffin as Charles Froham/Captain James Hook
Emmanuelle Zeesman as Mrs. Du Maurier
Brody Bett as Jack/Michael
Seth Erdley, Caleb Reese Paul, Paul Schoeller and Ethan Stokes as George/Peter/Jack
Josiah Smothers as Jack/Michael
Marie Choate, Josh Dunn, Ashley Edler, Joshua William Green, Daniel S. Hayward, Benjamin Henley, Elizabeth Lester, Allison Lian, Michael Luongo, Andre Malcolm, Spenser Micetich, Melody Rose, Kelsey Seaman, Adrien Swenson and Paul Thiemann.
Book by James Graham
Music & Lyrics by Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy
Directed by Diane Paulus
Scenic Design by Scott Pask
Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner
Costume Design by Suttirat Larlarb
Sound Design by Jonathan Deans
Hair and Make-up Design by Richard Mawbey
Projection Design by Jon Driscoll
Casting by Stewart/Whitley
What you thought
7 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)
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