Taylor Swift & Alicia Keys Will Likely Join Hudson on FINDING NEVERLAND Concept Album
On last night's 68th annual TONY AWARDS, Jennifer Hudson treated viewers to a first look at FINDING NEVERLAND, a new musical heading to Boston's A.R.T. this summer and likely to Broadway in the spring of 2015. Check out the performance here!
Now Deadline reports that Hudson, along with Alica Keys and Taylor Swift, will most likely be involved in a 'Finding Neverland' concept album, set to be released shortly before the show comes to Broadway. None of the singers are expected to be a part of the Broadway cast.
The world premiere of the musical, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy, book by James Graham, directed by Diane Pauluswith choreography by Mia Michaels, will be presented at A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstein. The production of the new musical will begin previews on Wednesday, July 23 and run through Sunday, September 28.
In FINDING NEVERLAND, when a faltering 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 DirectorDiane 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 Roger Bart as Charles Frohman, Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Aidan Gemmeas 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, Cara Massey, Melanie Moore, Mary Page Nance, Stuart Neal, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Tyley Ross, Julius Rubio,JC Schuster, Paul Slade Smith, and Ron Todorowski.
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