Finding Neverland to close on Broadway on 21 August

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Broadway premiere of Finding Neverland will officially play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 21 August 2016. The musical had previously been booking through to 18 December 2016. Upon closing, it will have played a total of 33 previews and 565 regular performances on Broadway.

Finding Neverland, directed by Diane Paulus, began previews on 15 March 2015 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, before an official opening on 15 April.

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.'

The principal cast currently includes Alfie Boe (J.M. Barrie), Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davis), Marc Kudisch (Charles Frohman), Teal Wicks (Mary Barrie), with Christian Michael Camporin, Alex Dreier, Jackson Demott Hill, Jack McCarthy, Christopher Paul Richards and Eli Tokash (The Llewelyn Davis Boys).

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 show is reportedly eyeing a West End transfer to a yet-to-be-confirmed London theatre in 2017.

- by Tom Millward

Photo by Carol Rosegg Alfie Boe

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