Revamped FINDING NEVERLAND Aiming for Boston's A.R.T. in Spring 2014, Followed by West End, Broadway?

Revamped FINDING NEVERLAND Aiming for Boston's A.R.T. in Spring 2014, Followed by West End, Broadway?

The Daily Mail reports that a year after the first incarnation of FINDING NEVERLAND closed in the West End, the musical has undergone a transformation for the better -- with the help of a little pixie dust and a lot of new songs, new talent and streamlined plot.

"They said: 'Write a couple of new songs,'" songwriter Gary Barlow told the Mail. "I've written nearly 20."

Three of Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's songs are still in the show, including "He Makes Me Smile" and "Neverland".

Read the original report here.

The musical is now aiming for a Spring 2014 run at A.R.T. in Boston before heading back to the West End, and on to Broadway. PIPPIN's Diane Paulus -- who is the Artistic Director of the A.R.T. -- is directing the production.

The production held a workshop in New York City on August 26th, featuring Laura Michelle Kelly, Jason Alexander, Brian d'Arcy James and Kathleen Chalfant.

In its first incarnation, the show featured book by Allan Knee, but James Graham has signed on to re-write the musical for the West End.

The creative team will congregate in London to review the changes and talk details for a Finding Neverland concept album, to be recorded in the fall for a Christmas release. The leads of the Leicester cast -- Julian Ovenden and Rosalie Craig -- are being considered for the West End transfer.

The new musical FINDING NEVERLAND premiered in Leicester on September 22, and lead producer Harvey Weinstein is looking to bring the show to Broadway in the 2013-14 season.

The Leicester cast featured Julian Ovenden as James Barrie, Rosalie Craig as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, Liz Robertson as Mrs DuMaurier, and Clare Foster as Mary Barrie.

Adapted from the much-loved Oscar-winning Miramax film, FINDING NEVERLAND, this exquisite new production was brought to the Leicester stage by celebrated Oscar and Tony Award-winner Harvey Weinstein, with direction and choreography by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at Donmar Warehouse), a book by Allan Knee (Little Women on Broadway), and music and lyrics by Tony Award nominees Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.

Escape to a wonderful world of enchantment with this musical tale of the life of playwright J.M. Barrie, and the inspiration behind his classic book, The Adventures of Peter Pan. With his last play a failure, James Barrie is crippled by writer's block and success seems like a far-away land. But then a chance encounter with widow Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her four young sons sends his heart and imagination soaring, and their friendship gives birth to a magical tale that will live forever.

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