Gary Barlow Discusses Harvey Weinstein Collaboration On FINDING NEVERLAND
The hotly anticipated new stage adaptation of the recent PETER PAN-centric film FINDING NEVERLAND is currently in previews out of town and the composer of the show discusses how he became involved with the project as part of a new interview.
Composer/lyricist Gary Barlow joined with Eliot Kennedy to compose the score for FINDING NEVERLAND and shared of how they became involved, humorously relaying, "I got a call one night from a guy called Harvey Weinstein... I thought, 'I am going to be in the movies with Tom Cruise!'"
Additionally, Barlow says, "Harvey will tell you he co-wrote all the songs."
As for his collaboration with Kennedy, Barlow amusingly relates, "Every now and then, [Kennedy] turns into Hook. He does it in restaurants."
Check out the original article on the matter here.
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 motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between J. M. Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director and Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance") this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Finding Neverland is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstein. The cast will be led by Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies; with Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Michael McGrath as Charles Frohman/Captain Cook, and the boys 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 Page Nance, Stuart Neal, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Tyley Ross, JC Schuster, Paul Slade Smith, and Ron Todorowski, as well as Dance Captains/Swings Julius Anthony Rubio and Jaime Lynn Verazin (Assistant Choreographer)."
More information on FINDING NEVERLAND is available at the official site here.
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