“Finding Neverland” musical will be performed at Carol Morsani Hall (The Straz Center) in Tampa, FL numerous times during May and June 2017. Choose best time from the schedule, select preferred seats, get tickets in advance and enjoy great play!
Finding Neverland is an original musical with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Inspired by the 2004 film Finding Neverland, the musical made its world premiere at the Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2012, with the reworked version making its world premiere in 2014 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jennifer Hudson debuted the song “Neverland” from the musical at the 68th Tony Awards on 8 June 2014. Following completion of its Cambridge run, the production transferred to Broadway in March 2015. After 17 months on Broadway, the production of Finding Neverland closed on August 21, 2016, and will begin a US national tour in October 2016. Tampa will be visited after eight months since start.
The ART production directed by Diane Paulus moved to Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in March 2015. On 10 November 2014, it was announced that Matthew Morrison, is taking Jordan’s place in the portrayal of J. M. Barrie in the Broadway production. Kelsey Grammer stars as Charles Frohman and Laura Michelle Kelly reprises the role of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Previews began 15 March 2015, with the official opening on 15 April. The production did not receive any Tony Award nominations. The Broadway production closed on August 21, 2016 after 565 performances.
In early 2016 it was announced that Finding Neverland would have a production opening in London in 2017. In unofficial circles it was said that Alfie Boe will be starring in the production as J.M. Barrie. It has later been confirmed. The rest of the cast has not been announced. On the 15th May 2016, Gary Barlow performed Something about this night, from the musical, on the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration, hosted by Ant & Dec and also guest starring was Catherine Jenkins and Dame Shirley Bassey.
The US national tour started in Buffalo, New York on October 7, 2016 prior to the official opening on October 11. The tour is directed by Diane Paulus, and features Kevin Kern as J.M. Barrie, Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, Tom Hewitt as Frohman/Hook, Joanna Glushak, Jordan Cole, Finn Faulconer, Tyler Patrick Hennessy, Ben Krieger, Eli Tokash and Mitchell Wray.
On 6 February 2011, La Jolla Playhouse, California, announced that they would produce a new stage musical based on the film with the book by Allan Knee, score by Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics), and directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. A planned production at La Jolla Playhouse was not held. A developmental reading was held in New York on 31 March 2011, with Julian Ovenden, Kelli O’Hara, Tony Roberts, Mary Beth Peil, Michael Cumpsty, and Meredith Patterson, directed by Ashford. The adaptation had its world premiere on 22 September 2012 at Curve in Leicester. Directed by Rob Ashford, it starred Julian Ovenden as J.M Barrie and West End actress Rosalie Craig as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.
On 4 September 2013, it was announced that producer Harvey Weinstein has hired Barry Weissler as executive producer. They planned on opening a revised version of the musical at the American Repertory Theater (ART), Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2014. The revised musical has a new creative team, with Diane Paulus as director, a new book by James Graham and 22 songs by Gary Barlow, with a few songs from the original composers. A private reading was held in September 2013 with Brian d’Arcy James as Barrie and Jason Alexander as the “nagging theater producer”.