Full cast announced for Broadway's Finding Neverland


Producer Harvey Weinstein has now announced complete casting for the upcoming Broadway premiere of Finding Neverland, directed by Diane Paulus, which begins previews on 15 March 2015, before an official opening on 15 April, and is currently booking through to 6 September 2015.

Previously announced cast members include Matthew Morrison (J.M. Barrie), Kelsey Grammer (Charles Frohman), Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davis), and Carolee Carmello (Madame du Maurier).

Joining them will be Teal Wicks, who has been cast in the role of Mary Barrie. Alex Dreier, Hayden Signoretti, Noah Hinsdale, Chris Richards, Sawyner Nunes, Jackson Demott Hill and Aidan Gemme will alternate in the roles of Michael, Jack, George and Peter Llewelyn Davies.

Ensemble members include Courtney Balan, Dana Costello, Melanie Moore, Mary Page Nance, Emma Pfaeffle, Jessica Vosk, Colin Cunliffe, Chris Dwan, Rory Donovan, Josh Lamon, Jonathan Ritter, Tyley Ross, Julius Anthony Rubio, Paul Slade Smith, Ron Todorowski, Jaime Verazin, Kevin Kern and Fred Odgaard.

Finding Neverland features a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Elliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow, UK songwriter and member of popgroup Take That.

Synopsis: "When a playwright meets a widow and her four boys in Kensington Gardens, he embarks on a friendship that inspires one of the most beloved stories of all time. Based on the Miramax film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between the Llewelyn Davies family and James Matthew Barrie as he writes the revolutionary 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. This new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the prospect of growing up."

The creative team behind Finding Neverland features choreography by Mia Michaels, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, lighting by Phillip S. Rosenberg, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, and sound design by Tony nominee Jonathan Deans.

The pre-Broadway engagement of Finding Neverland, which starred Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie, concluded on 28 September 2014, after 75 sold-out performances at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was the highest attended and highest grossing production in A.R.T.’s 34-year history.

The musical's titular song 'Never Neverland' was performed at last year's Tony Awards ceremony by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson.

- by Tom Millward

Teal Wicks