Diane Paulus Talks Future Of Theatre & FINDING NEVERLAND
Diane Paulus, the director of the hotly anticipated new stage adaptation of the recent PETER PAN-centric film FINDING NEVERLAND is currently in rehearsals with the cast and crew of the show and she took some time out to discuss what we can expect from the production in a new interview now available to view.
"I am obsessed with pushing theatre to not what we think it is but what we think it could be," Paulus says.
Of note, last month, star Laura Michelle Kelly and featured player Josh Lamon took to social media to share a funny new video depicting their impressions of what they have been witnessing in rehearsal, too, while Jeremy Jordan could be seen aping some monkey-esque moves for an impressive choreographic turn. Plus, we also gleaned a glimpse of Mia Michaels and Diane Paulus hard at work staging the show, as well.
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.
View new interview about FINDING NEVERLAND and more with Diane Paulus below.
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