Gary Barlow Reveals Insight Into FINDING NEVERLAND Score
The hotly anticipated new stage adaptation of the recent PETER PAN-centric film FINDING NEVERLAND is currently in previews out of town and composer Gary Barlow discusses the show as part of a new interview.
Barlow shares of how he and Kennedy became involved with the show and its noted producer, Harvey Weinstein, relating, "He said, 'We finished the musical, but we're short of one song.' So I said, 'Oh, great, let's see the show,' and of course one song led to two songs, three songs... we've replaced every song so it's completely our soundtrack now."
Additionally, Barlow says, "I think we tried to write one song where we thought, 'Oh, it sounds really musical theatre!' And Diane [Paulus, A.R.T.'s artistic director] hated it. So we just went back to writing three and a half minute pop songs."
Furthermore, Barlow shares, "I'm not going to at all compare myself to J.M. Barrie and his talent, but when you're a creative person, those insecurities - God, how well do we know that. It resonates I think with you as a writer as well. How your life can become your job and what you think, whether you like it or not."
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 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.
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