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Diane Paulus Comments On FINDING NEVERLAND Score

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Diane Paulus Comments On FINDING NEVERLAND ScoreThe hotly anticipated new stage adaptation of the recent PETER PAN-centric film FINDING NEVERLAND is currently in previews out of town and director Diane Paulus discusses the show as part of a new interview.

Additionally, composer/lyricist Gary Barlow recently joined with collaborator Eliot Kennedy to sing the ingratiating and alluring title song from the new musical in a new clip now available here.

Paulus muses on the vital question that must be posed before embarking on a new musical adaptation, "I think any time you are adapting a film to a musical you have to ask the very basic question: Does this deserve another form?"

Furthermore, Paulus says, "And that's what Eliot and Gary have done in their score. And they've also expanded the emotional core of the piece... You know musicals sing, and you want to get inside the heart of those characters."

Additionally, Paulus shares, "Gary and Eliot have written some incredible ballads."

The official description of FINDING NEVERLAND is as follows: "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. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus and with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That), 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 cast will be led by Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies; with Michael McGrath as Charles Frohman, Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Aidan Gemme as Peter, Alex Dreier as Michael, Sawyer Nunes as George, and Hayden Signoretti as Jack. Members of the ensemble are Courtney Balan, Dana Costello, Rory Donovan, Gaelen Gilliland, Thayne Jasperson, Josh Lamon, Melanie Moore, Mary Peg Nance, Stuart Neal, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Tyler Ross, Julius Rubio, JC Schuster, Paul Slade Smith, and Ron Todorowski. The creative team also includes scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting designer Philip Rosenberg, sound designer Jonathan Deans, projection designer Gilles Papain, fan designer Daniel Wurtzel, music supervisor David Chase, music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and orchestration by Simon Hale."

More information on FINDING NEVERLAND is available at the official site here.

Listen to Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy preview the score for FINDING NEVERLAND below.

Photo Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva

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