Finding Neverland to open on Broadway on 8 April 2015

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

It has now been officially confirmed that the new musical Finding Neverland, which has just finished its pre-Broadway engagement at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will officially open on 8 April 2015 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Previews will begin in March 2015.

There is no official confirmation yet on whether or not Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (J.M. Barrie) and Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies), who both starred at the American Repertory Theater, will return to their respective roles for the Broadway transfer. Casting will be announced in the coming months.

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. It is directed by Diane Paulus and produced by Hollywood Heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.

"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 concluded yesterday, Sunday 28 September 2014, after 75 sold-out performances at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. It was the highest attended and highest grossing production in A.R.T.'s 34-year history.

The musical's titular song was performed at this year's Tony Awards ceremony by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson.

- by Tom Millward

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