Julian Ovenden & Kelli O'Hara to Star in FINDING NEVERLAND Musical?
According to an Equity casting notice, FINDING NEVERLAND will have a New York City reading May 24-31, and will feature direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford. Auditions for the project will be held by Tara Rubin Casting on February 23-24 for the roles of Peter, George, Jack, and Michael.
The show features a book by Allan Knee, and music and lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.
In Finding Neverland, the pressure is on for Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie - his last play was an abysmal failure and his career is threatened by crippling writers block. With his deadline fast approaching and an impertinent producer hounding him, a chance meeting in a London park with a woman and her spirited young boys provides just the inspiration he needs. Based on the 2004 Academy Award-nominated film - which in turn was adapted from librettist Allan Knee's play, The Man Who Was Peter Pan - this world premiere musical tells the enchanting story of the real boys who inspired a literary masterpiece.
Rob Ashford's (Director/Choreographer) Broadway credits include Promises Promises (Tony Award nomination), Cry-Baby (Tony nomination), Curtains (Tony nomination), The Wedding Singer (Tony nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony Award for Best Choreography), The Boys From Syracuse (Roundabout) and the upcoming revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliff, opening on Broadway this spring. In London, he serves as the Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, where his credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Rachel Weisz, and Parade (Olivier Award nominations for Direction and Choreography), Evita (Olivier nomination). Additional London credits include Guys and Dolls (Olivier nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Olivier nomination), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Once in a Lifetime (National Theatre). Other credits include Parade (Mark Taper Forum), English National Opera's Candide (La Scala, Milan, Chatelet, Paris), Tenderloin, Bloomer Girl, A Connecticut Yankee... and Pardon My English (Encores!). Mr. Ashford provided choreography for the film Beyond the Sea, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. He recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on the 81st annual Academy Awards. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Joyce Theatre.
Scott Frankel (Music) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work on Grey Gardens. He has written the music for Happiness (Lincoln Center Theatre), Doll (Ravinia Festival, Richard Rodgers Award) and Meet Mister Future (winner, Global Search for New Musicals), all with lyricist Michael Korie. As a music director, conductor and pianist, his Broadway credits include Into the Woods, Les Misérables, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Rags and Falsettos, as well as Off-Broadway's Putting It Together starring Julie Andrews. Motion picture credits include Mike Nichols' Postcards from The Edge, where he can be seen (and heard) playing for Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. His many recordings include Barbra Streisand's Back to Broadway and a slew of original cast albums. Mr. Frankel is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Frederick Loewe Award. He is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and a graduate of Yale University.